17 Reasons Why It’s Great to be a Guy on the 3-Day

It’s true that the majority of Susan G. Komen 3-Day® participants are women, but the Komen 3-Day is no “girls only” club. In fact, some of the most dedicated 3-Day® participants are men, and being a dude in our pink world has its advantages.

  1. You never have an issue fitting 3 days worth of stuff into a 35-pound bag.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day gear bag

  2. It’s perfectly acceptable to talk about boobs without getting slapped.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day

  3. If you offer a free foot rub, you’ll have a line of women begging you for one.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day foot rub

  4. There is nothing you could possibly do that would make you seem “unmanly.” Even this.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day flying boas

  5. Where else can you spend two nights sleeping next to hundreds of women and not get in trouble with your wife?susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day sleeping tents

  6. You never have to wait in line for the shower.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day shower

  7. You are the only ones who know what that “special sink” in the porta-potties is for.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day porta potty

  8. You can try out great new pick-up lines like, “Come to this pit stop often?” and “Know any good groin stretches?”susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day pick up lines

  9. This.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day george and ladies

  10. Everyone wants to dance with you on Saturday night.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day dance

  11. Hours of conversation with women gives you priceless (and sometimes scary) insight into the female mind.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day conversations with women

  12. You’ve always wondered what it felt like to wear a bra, and the 3-Day is a safe place for you to explore.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day bra

  13. Dr. Sheri looks up to you. Literally.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day john shinar dr. sheri prentiss

  14. You can finally feel safe talking about your favorite Real Housewife without your buddies finding out.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day real housewife

  15. A photo of you on the 3-Day will look great on your online dating profile.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day online dating profile

  16. Chicks dig guys in pink.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day wear pink

  17. Breast cancer is a men’s issue too, and when a cure is found, you’ll know you were part of it.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day part of the cure

 

For help with this list, we got some very entertaining input and ideas from a few gentlemen who have seen it all on the 3-Day. Each of these fellas has walked the entire 3-Day series in a single year:

George N. (12 events in 2007)susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day george nummer

Jim H. (14 events in 2011)susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day jim hillmann

Glen D. (14 events in 2012)susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day glen dekeyser

John S. (14 events in 2013)susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day john shinar

Additional input came courtesy of 2012 walker Chris K.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk reasons why it's great to be a guy on the 3-Day chris king

Thanks for the ideas, guys!

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Tractors, Pirates, and Breast Cancer

If you happen to be in Seattle this weekend and see a pink tractor being driven by a pirate, not to worry. These things seem to happen on the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®. David and Wendy N from Snohomish, Washington, have had many experiences that have led them to raise awareness for breast cancer in this piratey, pink way. Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, beginning her tradition of walking the 60-mile route in 2006 with her best friend. David had a close call with his own “lumps and bumps,” and was, in fact, the reason he had originally met Wendy over the phone, over his own health concerns. Their common friends had led them together first over the phone, and then in person on the night before Halloween, where they had their first date…as pirates.

David and Wendy N support the Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day walkers in their pirate regalia

David and Wendy N support the Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day walkers in their pirate regalia

David started by walking the 60-mile walking route as well, an annual celebration to raise funds for breast cancer research and a physical challenge for anyone wanting to participate. “We decided that we would get married at the end of Day 2 on the event in 2009,” explained David. “We were married in our pirate outfits.” Of course they were, and it happened in a sea of pink-clad walkers who were more than happy to celebrate the joining of two strong people. (You can see the full ceremony on YouTube, under “Seattle Breast Cancer Pirate Wedding.”) The ceremony was officiated by none other tha, Barry Long, the host of the Halloween party of their first date and a man who happens to own the world’s record for the highest bungee jump in a wheelchair from a helicopter (and from a fixed structure).

David's pink tractor, "Pinkie Pearl," flies the pink pirate flag and even has its own Facebook page

David’s pink tractor, “Pinkie Pearl,” flies the pink pirate flag and even has its own Facebook page

But why “Pinkie Pearl,” the pink pirate tractor that David is commanding this weekend? “Well, I grew up on a dairy farm,” said David, “and I always wanted an antique tractor. A dairyman wanted to sell one for $500. I gave him $300 and then had to tell Wendy that we owned a tractor that didn’t run.” They wasted no time in painting it the traditional pink of the breast cancer cause and began a crusade to help people understand that they need to have regular checkups at the doctor and get screening. Wendy’s case was unique. “I had a co-worker friend who urged me to go get a mammogram,” said Wendy. “I had a lump on my left breast which turned out to be nothing, but I had cancer on my right breast and there was no lump! She may have saved my life, and now I am a seven-year survivor!” Their mission as pink pirates on tractors is clear: “We are here to raise awareness!”

"Pinkie Pearl" waits patiently on the Seattle 3-Day to raise more awareness about breast cancer

“Pinkie Pearl” waits patiently on the Seattle 3-Day to raise more awareness about breast cancer

The antique tractor "Pinkie Pearl" dons the pink of the breast cancer awareness cause

The antique tractor “Pinkie Pearl” dons the pink of the breast cancer awareness cause