5 Essential Links to Prepare You for the 3-Day

The 2015 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season has officially begun (Way to kick things off with a bang, Michigan!), and in the coming weeks and months, thousands of dedicated Komen 3-Day walkers and crew members will be checking and double-checking to make sure they’re all ready to go. To make your 3-Day® prep as smooth as possible, we (and the internet) are pleased to share five important links you can follow to get you out the door with 100% confidence.

Packing It In – Need a handy checklist to tick off and make sure you’ve got everything that you’ll need for your 3-Day adventure? We have detailed packing lists at The3Day.org/packing to make sure you and your luggage are ready to roll.

Hack-tastic – We all can appreciate a good short-cut here and there, and the 3-Day blog has two handy lists of 3-Day “hacks.” These tips and trick with make your 3-Day camping and walking a little easier.

Take a Peek – We’ve published an “Insider’s Peek” for each the first five 3-Day events. (Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego, yours are coming soon!) These give 3-Dayers a little glimpse at what to expect from their 3-Day route. This insider information will help as you ramp up your training in the weeks before you walk so there are no surprises when you get out to Day 1.

Get Social – Do you keep tabs on the 3-Day on social media? Be sure to follow and friend us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the 3-Day blog to get real-time updates and posts from each 3-Day event. Not on one of these sites? Signing up is free and easy for all of them!

You Call, We Answer! – If you have any burning questions, concerns, issues or even a last-minute panic attack, and you feel like the internet is just too impersonal, pick up the phone and call the always friendly and helpful 3-Day coaches at 800-996-3DAY.

Congratulations to Michigan 3-Day Local Impact Award Winner: Jennifer F.

For the 2015 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season, we’re pleased to be featuring a new recognition on each Komen 3-Day event: the Local Impact Award. This award is being given to participants who have been instrumental in strengthening the 3-Day® community throughout the year. Local Impact Award honorees have gone above and beyond in their efforts leading training walks, attending 3-Day community events, supporting the 3-Day staff year-round at meet-ups and workshops, and in general, making a difference by building lasting relationships and showing commitment to the 3-Day in all they do.

The Michigan 3-Day Local Impact award winner was crew member Jennifer F. Jenn served the Michigan 3-Day this year—her 25th 3-Day event—as the Senior Captain of Route Teams, leading and supporting roughly a dozen crew teams on the route. A member of the BC Babes team in Michigan, Jenn has raised $21,916 in her 11 years of involvement with the 3-Day. In addition to crewing an incredible 20 events, she has also been a 3-Day walker five times.Susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog local impact award michigan jennifer frederick

Nurturing by nature, Jenn grew up on farm and showed horses for 20 years before moving to Michigan. She got involved in the 3-Day for a simple and powerful reason: she woke up one morning to the startling realization that there are only eight women in her family and, of course, breast cancer affects one in eight. That was all it took, and since making that decision to become part of the 3-Day in 2004, she hasn’t quit in her passionate dedication. Even Jenn’s “regular” job is focused on helping others; she owns a fundraising company and prints cancer event fundraising shirts, which countless 3-Day participants (among many others) have used to raise money for wonderful causes.

Jeanette J., the Route Safety Crew Captain in Michigan, had this to say about Jenn: “She is a dynamic leader with a great big heart. She’s out on the route and taking care of us like a momma bear–delivering lunches, water, healthy snacks as necessary, making sure we’re taking breaks (sometimes standing in at our corner so that we can), and helping out when one of our bikes breaks down. She even escorts our crew’s group ride back into camp to ensure our safety–no woman or man left behind! Jenn is a priceless resource to us while on the 3-Day event, and a great person that I’m proud to call a friend!”

Congratulations, Jenn, and on behalf of the entire 3-Day family, thank you for your commitment.

Promise Ribbons: Tying Together Wishes, Hopes and Dreams

We’re so excited to share a new tradition for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® that debuted in Michigan this past weekend: promise ribbons. Borrowing from the Brazilian ritual of fitas, or wish ribbons, these colorful bands are tied to a person’s wrist in three knots, with the wearer making a special wish or promise as each knot is tied. On the Komen 3-Day, we tie knots to honor the past, create hope for the future and celebrate the steps we’re taking today to end breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Promise Ribbons

Introducing the 3-Day Promise Ribbons

We’re encouraging participants to collect multiple ribbons throughout the 3-Day® and tie them to their wrists or clothing. Walkers and crew members are also encouraged to give the ribbons away to each other or to supporters along the route to symbolize the promises we are making to ourselves and to each other.

We will have eight differently colored ribbons. Four of those will be passed out at specific locations–Opening Ceremony, the entrance to camp on Friday, the entrance to camp on Saturday and at the Participant Finish Area. White ribbons will be available in the Remembrance Tent.

Three other ribbons will be passed out by various groups and people on the 3-Day. Light pink strands will be passed out by Chrissy Mathews from Susan G. Komen®3-Day spokesperson Dr. Sheri, and the local 3-Day staff members. Yellow ribbons will be shared by members of the Youth Corps and blue ribbons will be passed out by the crew in camp and on the route.

Collect all varieties of the 3-Day Promise Ribbons

Collect all varieties of the 3-Day Promise Ribbons

We invite everyone in our 3-Day family to express their own wishes and to put them into action by collecting these ribbons at stops along your journey. Exchange them with others as you share your stories. Post images of your promise ribbons and your messages of hope on social media with the hashtag #3DayPromise.

Our promise ribbons, visible and vibrant throughout each 3-Day event weekend, will create a living “patchwork quilt.” Like each of us, these promise ribbons are individual threads, but when we weave our wishes, hopes, dreams and promises together, we create a greater fabric of unimaginable strength.

Join us, and share your promises in the comments below.