The Insider’s Peek at the Michigan 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® events. While that two-part Insider’s Peek was full of tasty details, it was still kind of broad in the sense that 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 individually. 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 in the year will help walkers prepare for their events, train for what’s to come and have a few exciting high points to look forward to.

We’ll do one of these for every 2015 3-Day event, in order, which means: you’re up, Michigan! Here’s what Event Planning Manager Missy and Local Events Coach Ann had to say:

  • Will there be any major changes to the route from last year? – Missy assured me that there will be “No major changes from 2014!” (Click to see the 2014 Michigan 3-Day Journey Map and the 2014 Michigan 3-Day Wrap-up.)susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles michigan route
  • What, if any, geographical challenges does the Michigan route present (i.e., Are there hills? Sections with no shade? Portions of the route that sweep vans can’t access easily?) – Missy’s response to this question was, “Although there is no extreme terrain in Michigan, there are plenty of motivating challenges when walking the 3-Day there, including some minor hills in the afternoon on Day 1 and a set of stairs after lunch.” Ann, a native of the Detroit metro area, confirmed, “Southeast Michigan is pretty flat compared to other 3-Day locales, but there are a couple hills that people should be sure to train for.” Missy added, “Day 2 has a challenging hill after lunch, and portions of the route are off-pavement.” Ann said, “Sweep access is pretty consistent, but there may be a few short stretches that don’t allow for easy access. We also walk a stretch of Hines Park on the afternoon of Day 2, which can be a bit on the shadeless side, depending on the time of day.” Missy’s concluding thoughts were, “On Day 3, walkers have little change in terrain, but go through more urban areas – some without shade.”susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles michigan route
  • Any specific highlights/locations that walkers can look forward to seeing along the way? From Ann, “Historic Downtown Plymouth (with the pink fountain) and Northville on Day 2 are always great areas with tremendous community support. On Day, 3 the residents of Dearborn love to come out to cheer and decorate their streets.”susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles michigan route
  • Any other information you can provide about the overall nature of the Michigan route? – Ann is happy to brag about her home state: “It’s a great mix of residential, commercial, and rural. The route goes through some of Detroit’s nicest suburban communities and folks are always really supportive.”susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles michigan route


The Bottom Line: Michigan walkers really don’t have much to worry about, as far as challenging terrain goes, but they should definitely work a few decent hills into their training, so nothing takes them by surprise. The Midwest in early August can get pretty hot and humid, and rain isn’t out of the question, so training in the heat to get used to it is a good idea too, as well as packing for the elements (but don’t worry about that until later). With those preparations locked down, walkers will have a beautiful and scenic route, with tons of community support greeting them in Michigan.

Still have questions about the Michigan 3-Day route? Call your Michigan 3-Day coach Jennifer at 800-996-3DAY (select option 4 for Michigan), or email

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…This Blog Post

Today is Earth Day, and in the spirit of the occasion, we’re recycling our Earth Day post from last year! Okay, maybe that’s not the kind of conservation that Earth Day promotes, but it is a good reminder from us to you about How the 3-Day Stays Green in a Pink World.

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Spring Pinning

We’re adding fun, inspiring and informative pins to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Pinterest boards all the time. Below, see some highlights of what we’ve pinned so far this spring, and to see all of the tidbits we’ve collected from the far reaches of the internet, visit the Komen 3-Day Pinterest page at On our Creative Fundraising board, we share ideas you can use to raise money for the 3-Day®. Silent auctions are a common fundraising strategy amongst 3-Dayers, and here, we found some terrific ideas for themed baskets you can auction or sell. susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest creative fundraisingWe have an entire board with Portraits of Inspiration, images that we’ve found and we hope will inspire you too with their beauty. This shot of lovely pink fall leaves was, oddly enough, one of our favorite images from this spring. susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest portraits of inspiration The Happy & Healthy board is where we pin the great health/wellness/fitness finds we discover, like this brilliant list of ways to incorporate more water into your daily nutritional regimen.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest happy and healthy If there’s one thing the internet loves, it’s quotes. Well, we love them too, so we pin regularly to our Quotable Quotes board.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest quotable quotes Pinterest is a great site for education, as well as inspiration, so we share facts and statistics we find on our Breast Cancer Facts board. This one definitely inspires.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 mile walk blog pinterest facts   Remember to follow the 3-Day on Pinterest so you never miss the new and exciting morsels we pin every week.