The Return of 3-Day Mythbusters

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is a big event with a big commitment. Through all of the steps of this incredible journey—from registering, to fundraising and training, to what to expect on the event itself—we have the Komen 3-Day coaches as well as our website and handbooks to help provide information and support. But with so much to learn about the 3-Day®, we know it’s not uncommon for some details to get lost or misconstrued along the way. In a blog post last year, we dished out the truth about some common misconceptions related to the Komen 3-Day, and today we’re back to address a few more of these misunderstandings in the latest edition of 3-Day® Mythbusters.

Myth: Cell phones are not permitted on the 3-Day. It’s 2014, and we’d be pretty out of touch if this myth were true. You most certainly can have and use your mobile phone throughout the 3-Day—to take photos or video, to update your Facebook and Twitter or to touch base with teammates who are on other parts of the route. We even have phone charging stations at camp. You just aren’t allowed to use your phone while you’re walking. When in motion, your focus needs to be on the road and other walkers around you, in order for you and them to stay safe. So if you need to snap a pic of the amazing scenery and Instagram it right away, just step off the route and stop, then stash your phone in your pack and carry on when you’re done. That way, you won’t inadvertently cause a 10-walker pile-up on the route!

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Myth: You’re not allowed to listen to music while walking. Back in the day, if you wanted to listen to music while you walked, your only options were to cover your ears with headphones or carry around a boombox for your beats. The 3-Day’s policy has always prohibited headphones/earbuds, simply for safety reasons – if you can’t hear what’s around you, you increase your risk of running into an obstacle or another walker. Now, however, most mobile phones can play music through built-in speakers, or can be connected to compact external speakers that are easily clipped to a walking pack. Let’s be honest: music can be a great motivator to get you through the miles, so if you can fire up your playlist without covering or plugging your ears, as long as the lyrics and volume of your tunes are not offensive to the people around you, groove away!

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Myth: You must walk the entire 3 days, or nothing. The 3-Day is just that: a three-day long event, and to get the most out of it, you should certainly plan to be there from early Friday morning all the way through until after the Closing Ceremony on Sunday. But we get it, sometimes things come up—a Friday work commitment, travel conflicts, a Saturday wedding—and a walker may have to miss part of the weekend. That’s fine! We’ve even had two walkers leave during the middle of Day 2 to get married to each other, and then come back for Day 3. If you raise all your money, you are welcome to be there for the parts of the event that you can, and miss parts if you have to. Hopefully it won’t come to that, but it’s important to know that missing a few hours here or there shouldn’t hold you back from doing the 3-Day. (Note that the rules for Crew are a little different: because crew members have a designated job on the 3-Day, they are required to be on the event for all 3 days, plus the All-Crew Kick-Off on Thursday.)

Myth: The crew gets paid to work on the 3-Day events. The 3-Day does have a small paid staff who manages the events, but the majority of the on-event work—setting up camp, running the pit stops, serving food, keeping the route safe—is done by the all-volunteer crew. These amazing folks (usually around 300 people per event) commit their time and energy to making the 3-Day great, and are paid only in the smiles, high fives and heartfelt thanks of their fellow participants.

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Myth: Joining the Crew is an “easy” alternative to walking. Sometimes we hear people say, “Walking 60 miles is too hard, so I’ll just crew instead.” Those folks are in for a big surprise when they find out that being a crew member is equally—or more—challenging than walking. Crew members are the first people awake in the morning and the last ones to bed at night, and are often pushed to great physical demands (long periods on their feet and heavy lifting, for example) over the course of the event. So if you do not want to walk, but are still able to give 100% of your energy to the 3-Day in a different way, then the 3-Day Crew may be a good fit for you.

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Myth: The 3-Day only serves junk food. Keeping walkers well fed and hydrated is an important health objective on the 3-Day. After all, your bodies are working hard with all that walking, burning an average of 100 calories per mile. Feeding hundreds of participants across 60 miles requires logistical efficiency, so packaged snacks like chips, peanuts, granola bars and yes, those delicious PB&J grahams make sense. But you can always find healthy, fresh options to eat too. At pit stops, you can feast on things like bananas and oranges, carrots and string cheese. Breakfast and dinner are hot meals served in camp, and include salads, fresh fruit, and protein.

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We hope this clears things up! If there are any other aspects of the 3-Day that you’re just not sure about, your best bet is always to call the coaches at 800-996-3DAY, or refer to your Fundraising, Training and Event Prep Handbooks on your Participant Center.

Are there any other myths that you’d like to see busted? Tell us in the comments!

 

Top Ten Signs You Might Be a 3-Day Walker

The signs are there. Are you a Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walker?

 

10. You refer to the break room at your office as Pit Stop 1. The vending machine is a Grab & Go.

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9. In your world, there are no stop lights, only stretching opportunities.

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8. You go into a panic if you pedicurist tries to remove your hard-earned callouses.

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7. You secretly wish you were awarded legacy pins for everyday milestones like paying your bills or doing the grocery shopping.

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6. You’ve mastered the skill of getting in and out of a port-a-potty in under 60 seconds without your skin ever touching any part of the structure.

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5. You have no accurate concept of how far a mile is or how much 35 pounds is, but you know precisely how much mac n’ cheese or bacon you can pile on a paper plate before it buckles under the weight.

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4. You have almost walked out of the house with your bright pink bra on the outside of your clothes. And you’re a man.

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3. The sound of a car horn causes you instinctively to wave your hands over your head.

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2. You’ve done this Google search: “where can I buy grahamwiches?”

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1. You know what this means, and why it means so much.

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April 3-Day Meet-up Round-up

Spring has sprung, and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® coaches have been busy hosting loads of Get Started Meetings, Meet-ups, Walk & Talks, Training Kick-Off Events and more. Take a peek below to see where our Komen 3-Day family was in April.

Michigan

  • Michigan 3-Day walkers and crew captains gathered at the New Balance store in Farmington Hills for a sunny Training Kick-off Event. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk michigan training 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk michigan training new balance 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk michigan training new balance

Twin Cities

  • New and returning Twin Cities 3-Day team captains met up in early April. Lots of 3-Day tips and tricks were discussed, new friendships were made and training walks were scheduled. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk twin cities meeting
  • Coach Stephanie welcomed a fabulous group of new Twin Cities walkers. Right away, everyone exchanged email addresses and phone numbers so that they could start training together. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk twin cities new walker meeting

 Seattle

  • The Seattle 3-Day community also jumped into training with its Training Kick-Off Event. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk seattle training
  • Team members from the Breastketeers were on hand for a Meet-a-Team/Shoe Clinic/training walk. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk seattle clinic
  • Take me out to the ball game! Seattle Mariners fans braved the cold for an awesome 3-Day “night at the game.” 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk seattle mariners 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk seattle mariners

Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia walkers, crew members and kids hit the pavement with a sunny Training Kick-Off Event in Cherry Hill, NJ. The event included a 4-mile training walk, a workshop with information about what to pack and how to protect your body while walking, an inspirational presentation by the Philadelphia Komen Affiliate and New Balance (official training partner of the 3-Day) giving advice on footwear, apparel and accessories. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk philadelphia training new balance 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk philadelphia training 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk philadelphia training

 Atlanta

  • Welcome, Atlanta walkers! These folks celebrated being on their way at a Get Started Meeting. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk atlanta meeting
  • Coach Tara met up with some smiling 3-Dayers for a fun Walk & Talk in Stone Mountain (the site of the Atlanta 3-Day Opening Ceremony this year). 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk atlanta training selfie 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk atlanta training

 Dallas/Fort Worth

  • A little rain couldn’t keep these walkers (led by Team Independent Captain Melissa L.) from getting in a training walk and an adorable selfie. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk dallas fort worth training selfie
  • Coach Gayla met up with a couple of veteran walkers and a couple of newbies for a friendly Walk & Talk. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk dallas fort worth training selfie
  • Some survivors brought their biggest fans to a Fort Worth meeting. Future walkers, for sure! 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk dallas fort worth pink tent kids

San Diego

  • The San Diego 3-Day isn’t until November, but that didn’t stop these fabulous walkers from meeting for a Walk & Talk with Coach Kim.2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk san diego training
  • Walkers and crew members gathered for a Pink Party, and team members of the Hula Hooters and Viva Las Boobies didn’t hesitate to show their 3-Day spirit. 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk san diego hula hooters 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk san diego viva las boobies

 Bonus Meet-up!

  • San Diego 3-Day Coach Kim ventured up the California coast for a reunion of 3-Day participants who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of these folks are traveling to other 3-Day cities to participate this year, including Jim H. (center back), who is walking in all seven 3-Day events! 2014 susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk san francisco reunion

Haven’t made it to a 3-Day meet-up yet? There are still dozens of events happening in May, so it’s not too late. Check out the calendar of events at The3Day.org/calendar.