Catching Up With the Michigan 3-Day Coaches

Before last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Series, we introduced the local coaches from each city. These are the staff members who support the Komen 3-Day walkers and crew members all year round, answering phone calls and emails, hosting community events, assigning crew captains and juggling dozens of other tasks to make sure that the 3-Day® participants make it to their events excited and well prepared.

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(L-R) Ann, Jennifer and Gina

Since we gave you the coaches’ full profiles last year, we’ll delight you with just a fun update before each event this year. Michigan’s up first (you can read last year’s “Meet the Michigan Coaches” here)!

What was your favorite memory from the 2014 Michigan 3-Day?

Jennifer (Michigan Participant Coach) – My favorite part of last year’s Michigan 3-Day was the few miles that I was able to walk the route and connect with walkers. I happened to be on the route at the same time as Amy, a first-time walker whom I had talked with over the phone many times, but we hadn’t yet had a chance to meet face-to-face.

Ann (Michigan Local Events Coach) – My favorite thing in 2014 was getting a chance to see all the folks that I had met at local events all year. Seeing those people out on the route or in camp having a terrific time was so wonderful! The absolute best was when people who had been terribly nervous (about the walking, the fundraising, the camping…) made a point to tell me how great the weekend was and how happy and proud they were that they had overcome their fears and made it to the 3-Day!

Gina (Michigan Crew & Volunteer Coordinator) – It’s hard for me to pinpoint just one memory and there are so many parts of the event that I’ll always carry with me. I love seeing the camaraderie. The (pink) energy is contagious and the Michigan crew and walkers are a solid community fighting towards a world without breast cancer.

Fun facts about the Michigan Coaches – Can you guess which fun fact is true about which coach? (There are 3 facts about each coach; answers will be at the end of the Twin Cities coach catch-up later this month!)

  1. Right after college I worked as a zookeeper at a small mid-Michigan animal park. I had the “tough” job of acclimating our new cougar kittens, which basically involved sitting in the enclosure while three rambunctious (yet adorable) young cougars climbed all over me.
  2. When I am not living all things 3-Day, I am mom to a spirited toddler and sweet baby!
  3. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of my favorite places and I look forward to the day when I can take an extended vacation to hike the backcountry.
  4. I am always on the lookout for ways to make fun memories and I have participated in mud runs, color runs, the Santa Hustle and the Polar Plunge.
  5. I love to read, and I challenged myself at the beginning of 2015 to read at least 24 books by 12/31/15.  I am currently on #14.
  6. Most evenings you can find me tuned into Bravo TV…It’s my guilty pleasure! I love all things reality television, celebrity gossip and fashion blogs.
  7. I live in the Chicago suburb where John Hughes (famous director of several 80s “brat pack” movies) lived and set his movies. Scenes from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club were filmed at the high school my son attends.
  8. I have scars on my right hand from a disagreement with a baboon over who got to use my watch.
  9. In my close to 12 years with the 3-Day, I have worked in 3 different event cities but I am now proud to be back home in Michigan.

 

 

The Insider’s Peek at the Philadelphia Route

In February of this year, we treated our readers to The Insider’s Peek at the 3-Day Route, where we gave you a detailed look at the planning, work and execution that goes into creating the routes for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Series. While that two-part Insider’s Peek was full of tasty details, it didn’t explicitly address the particulars of any specific Komen 3-Day location.

Until now!

It seemed like a natural progression to go from an expansive overview of 3-Day® route-planning in general to a more pinpointed look at each of the seven 3-Day events. So I’ve been picking the brains of the event planning team and local coaches to get the skinny on what walkers can expect. Sharing this information early on will help walkers prepare for their events, train for what’s to come and know what exciting high points to look forward to.

We’re publishing one of these location-specific route peeks for every 2015 3-Day event (we’ve already enjoyed peeks at the Michigan, Twin Cities and Seattle routes) and today, it’s the Philadelphia 3-Day’s turn to shine. Let’s see what Event Planning Manager Missy and Local Events Coach Joanne had to say:

  • Will there be any major changes to the Philadelphia route from last year? – Missy let us know that, “The current route features the very best of downtown Philadelphia, as well as some scenic suburbs and historical small towns, so there will be no major changes from 2014 to 2015.”philly lovely skyline Day 3
  • What, if any, geographical challenges does the Philadelphia route present? (i.e., Are there hills? Sections with no shade? Portions of the route that sweep vans can’t access easily?) – Joanne laid out a few features of the Philly route that walkers should be prepared for. “There are portions of the route on Day 1 and Day 2 with no sweep access, but walkers will have advance warning so they can get into a van before these sections, if they need to. On Day 3, this is kind of funny, but once walkers pass the cheering station at Head House Square (South Street) and are heading toward Passayunk Avenue, they will come onto a street where there are ‘stink berries.’ They are some nasty smelling trees and you WILL smell them. You’ve been warned!”philly beautiful trail walking
  • Any specific highlights/locations that walkers can look forward to seeing along the way? – Joanne says, “Once walkers pass pit stop 1, at just under mile 4, they will turn onto Central Avenue and onto the ‘Bra Street,’ one of our best community cheer sections. I think this deserves a mention!” Missy adds, “Philadelphia has so much history! This route will pass by many iconic places such as the ‘Rocky Steps’ at the Art Museum, Avenue of the Arts, The Liberty Bell – the list goes on!”susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles philadelphia Philly Museum of Art and Rocky Steps Philly independence hall cheerleader
  • Any other information you can provide about the overall “essence” of the Philadelphia route?  –  “This route is diverse and educational,” Missy shares. “Walking the Philadelphia 3-Day is one of the very best ways to tour the area. History, culture, cuisine, art and nature are all highlighted over 60 miles.”susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles philadelphia

 

The Bottom Line: The Philadelphia 3-Day route is not as physically demanding as some of the other 3-Day cities, but it’s always a good idea to train on a variety of terrains and inclines anyway. The most potentially challenging aspect of the Philly event is also the least predictable: the weather. Knock on wood, Philly in early October will be mild and generally pleasant. But, we did have one day of rain last year, and the morning hours will certainly be chilly. You’ll want to dress in layers (so pack accordingly), don’t forget those rain ponchos (just in case), and be thankful for the shelter, comfort and indoor plumbing of the convention center campsite.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles philadelphia

 

The Insider’s Take: I confess that when my teammates and I signed up to walk in Philadelphia a few years ago, as part of our “get to every 3-Day” plan, I had low expectations. There’s no particular reason why, I just remember going into the Philadelphia event thinking, “Okay. City of Brotherly Love. I’m sure it’ll be fine.” Well, within the first few miles of the Day 1 route, I was already blown away. Not only was the Philly 3-Day an incredible stroll through one of America’s most historically rich cities (a big plus for this history nerd), the community support was some of the best I’ve ever seen in all my years of 3-Day walking. I’ll never forget a Day 3 cheering station that seemed to go on forever and included a bunch of adorable little kids who had made dozens and dozens of hand-written thank you notes, which they handed to walkers as they went by. I still have mine. Well played, Philly. Well played.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles philadelphia

5 Fundraising Tools You’re Probably Not Using

When you sign up to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, you commit to raising at least $2,300 in donations, which is no small task. That’s why we set you up for success right from the minute you click “Register.” Your Participant Center on the Komen 3-Day website is packed with fundraising tips and resources but sadly, many walkers never really scratch the surface of the tools that are available. But it’s never too late, people! Get over to the 3-Day® website and put these fundraising tools to work for you.

  1. Your Personal Page – Every 3-Day participant gets their own personal fundraising page on the 3-Day website, from the moment you register. It’s in a generic default template at the start, but you can personalize it with your own words and photos, allowing your donors to connect to you and your story when they click through to your page. Connecting with you will connect them to your cause and make them more likely to donate.
  2. Your Personal URL – Personalize your web address to point donors directly to your fundraising page. This one is so important, we gave it its own blog post.
  3. Business Cards – When you registered to walk in the 3-Day, we sent you a starter set of personalized business cards, but you can print more from your Participant Center at any time. These are a super convenient way to easily get your donation info into the hands of a potential donor. Get to them quickly with our handy direct link, The3Day.org/Cards.
  4. Matching Gifts – There are hundreds of companies nationwide that offer to match the donations that their employees make to charitable organizations, including the 3-Day. If you ask a friend or family member for a donation, be sure to also ask them if their company matches. It’s one of the easiest and most underused fundraising tools that we have. Read more at The3Day.org/Matching.
  5. Monthly Recurring Gifts – Did you know that donors can break up their donations into multiple monthly payments (up to 4) instead of paying all at once? Remind your donors of this opportunity, especially when you’re asking big: $100 broken up into 4 payments of $25 is a more feasible and appealing option to many donors than making that large donation all at once.

And the bonus resource, of course, is your 3-Day coach, who is available at 800-996-3DAY to answer your questions, brainstorm creative fundraising ideas and get you on your way to reaching your goals. Our website introduces all of the coaches at The3Day.org/Coaches.