3-Day Ways to Celebrate This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is this week, which means that the holiday season is upon us! Whether you’re waiting to hang the garlands until this weekend or have had the presents wrapped for weeks already, we know that the next few weeks will be one of celebration for many of our amazing 3-Dayers. And you deserve to celebrate! 2019 was another beautiful year on the 3-Day and you all deserve some much-needed relaxation and fun in December.

To help you make the most of the holiday season, we have some simple ideas that every 3-Dayer will enjoy. Use these to make the most of the next few weeks, or to carry on that holiday spirit into the new year…

  • Sign up for the 3-Day: Don’t forget to register for the 2020 3-Day before December 5 to take advantage of the discount of the year! Right now, you can register for any of the 2020 3-Days for only $35 — no code needed! With a deal like this, you could even gift a registration to your friend or future teammate in addition to buying one for yourself.
  • Re-live all your memories from 2019: All of the amazing photos from our 3-Day weekends are up on our Facebook page and blog, so if you’re looking for a last-minute holiday card photo, pull one from the 3-Day. Nothing will make you smile more than a trip down memory lane.
  • Give someone a high five: We give them out all the time on the 3-Day, but high fives are an easy and effective way to spread love and support.

  • Thank your donors: People love snail mail! In addition to any holiday cards you are planning to send out, don’t forget to send thank you cards to your donors. We so appreciate their support of our 3-Day family!
  • Save your 2019 medal and credentials: Where do you keep your medals and credentials from years past? Add your 2019 mementos to the mix and share a photo of your accomplishments on social media!
  • Update your training playlist: Colder weather means you need a hot new playlist! Or create a fun walking playlist with holiday tunes! You can use our Spotify for inspiration
  • Start your fundraising. Next Tuesday, December 3, is Giving Tuesday, one of the biggest days of the year for non-profit fundraising. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, your friends and family are in the giving mood, ready to open their wallet for a good cause. If you’re sending out holiday cards, include our holiday card inserts at The3Day.org/Holiday.

  • Set up a Facebook Fundraiser: 3-Day participants who have a Facebook Fundraiser, on average, fundraise $500 more than participants without one. It’s a no-brainer to set yours up during the Giving Season between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. You can learn how to start yours on our blog.
  • Sing a carol! Go Caroling Day is on December 20, and singing is such a fun way to spread holiday festivity! Need some inspiration? Don’t worry – our coaches have you covered!
  • Reach out to your 3-Day coaches: Speaking of your coaches – Send them a little holiday love! They work so hard and deserve all the love and recognition in the world!
  • Catch up on your reading: The 3-Day blog is always here for you and always an amazing resource for any questions or inspiration you might need. Cozy up away from the cold and catch up on your reading.
  • Get outside (safely!) Just because it’s chilly, doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with your 3-Day training goals! Host a holiday-themed training walk and get festive while you get your steps in. 😊 Here are some tips for safe cool-weather training.
  • Donate to a teammate: It’s the Season of Giving after all! Spread the love by sending your teammate a donation to kick off their 2020 fundraising.

  • Spread the 3-Day joy on social media: The quickest way to spread holiday cheer is by spreading smiles far and near! Tag us in your photos or use #The3Day to share the Pink Bubble joy.
  • Send a holiday card: Not a fundraising letter. Not a thank you card. You can send those too, of course! But sometimes sending a little bit of love for no reason at all means the world.
  • Spend time with your favorite people: 3-Day teammates. Your favorite walking buddies. Your family and friends. Surround yourself with love and wrap yourself in joy this holiday season. You deserve every minute of it. 😊

How are you making the most of this holiday season? Tell us in the comments or tag us on social media when you’re getting all festive this season with #The3Day

Happy Halloween from the 3-Day Awarewolves

What’s that? Do you hear that howling? Is it Halloween? Or is it…The Awarewolves?!

This amazing team is a staple on the 3-Day, and their costumes keep them Halloween-ready all year long! They walked with us in New England in September, but their 3-Day journey began long before that. It began when Linda Lafragiola was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, when she and her sister Kathi Elliot decided that breast cancer would not beat them.

Linda explains, “Since being diagnosed, I decided to raise awareness about early detection and how important it is. Participating in the 3-Day allows me to share my story and experiences with any and everybody, year-round.”

What began as a promise, and a walk, between two sisters, has now grown to a whole team! That team includes their very own Awarewolf, Kathi’s beautiful Siberian Husky, Nika. Nika joined many of Linda and Kathi’s early training walks and quickly became their mascot.

After one of those such walks, the sisters started sharing possible team names with Kathi’s husband, David and her daughter Paige. They were talking about how everyone on the walks jokingly asks if Nika is a wolf, and right on cue, David began singing “Werewolves of London.” Suddenly, the group was singing “Werewolves in San Diego” instead, in honor of their upcoming walk in California.

From there, they all talked about how their team mission was about awareness and early detection, in honor of Linda’s own early diagnosis. So, David came up with AwareWolves. Paige created the team logo. Kathi coined the tagline, “Don’t be afraid — Early detection saves lives”. Linda found the amazing hot pink wolf ears. But they each came up with their own signature howls! And from there, a team was born.

More of how their story and team began, in Kathi’s own words…

“Linda learned that she had breast cancer in 2011. Fortunately, it was an early diagnosis and the cancer was limited to a small tumor. She underwent surgery that summer, followed by six weeks of radiation.

Mid-way through her treatment a friend asked Linda to join her at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in San Francisco in June 2012. She thought, ‘60 miles in 3 days…if I can survive breast cancer then I can do that!’

As a sister of someone who is going through something like breast cancer, you try to find ways to be helpful. Driving Linda to radiation appointments was something I could do. When Linda said she was walking, I said, ‘Why not me too?!’ From then on, the drives to radiation became a time to plan fundraisers and future training walks.

Linda’s last radiation appointment was on November 1, 2011 and the next morning, we laced up our sneakers and started training. Several months later, we had logged more than 1,000 miles and raised over $5,000 dollars each – enough for two 3-Day walks. So, we decided to register for the San Diego 3-Day in November 2012, as well.

Clearly walking 60 miles is no small feat, especially factoring in inclement weather and hilly terrain, but any 3-Day participant will tell you that the aches, pains and blisters are worth it.

Linda says her first 3-Day in San Francisco was emotional, inspiring and eye opening. It really hit home.

She told me, ‘I met so many women and men whose lives had been touched by breast cancer. It was mind boggling! It helped me to go from feeling like a victim — saying why did this happen to me? — to actually doing something about it.’

Not long after completing our second 3-Day in San Francisco, Linda and I officially started our team, cleverly named…The AwareWolves.”

But that was only the beginning of so many amazing memories for their team and their sisterhood!

Since then, they have walked in nearly ten 3-Days in different cities, and their team has only grown in number and recognition!

“The AwareWolves pack has grown, just by the people we have met along our journey,” explains Linda. “Some of them are veteran 3-Day walkers and crew members. Some are first-time walkers who have joined us to see what it’s all about. Everyone loves our signature ears and I swear some people have joined just to rock the ears and howl with the pack! 😄 And, we’re ok with that! Our team is made up of people from all over the US and although we walk at different speeds, we know we are there for each other. 💕 We are known for taking our time, enjoying the event and everything that comes with being in the pink bubble.”

Though in the past the Awarewolves have been in that pink bubble for a few Halloween weekend walks, this year Linda will be part of a group costume, which is a Pac-Man theme, instead!

She and Kathi are gearing up to walk in San Diego in November, and even though Halloween might be in the rearview mirror at that point, you can expect some AwareWolves on the San Diego 3-Day trails. Just keep a pink ear perked up for their howl!

3-Day Ways to Make the Most of a 3-Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend can seem like a bittersweet time because it means that summer is coming to a close. The weather is slowly changing, kids are going back to school…and the 3-Day is on the horizon! After two wonderful weekends in the Midwest in August, we are gearing up for our fall events and getting more excited by the day. With lots of preparing to do, you need to take advantage of every spare minute you have! Here are some simple ways to make the most of this upcoming long weekend, and any spare day you have before you get ready for your 60-mile weekend.

1-2-3 step your way through!

This one should be simple to check off your to do list: go for a walk! You have plenty of time to get team training in, take a solo walk or even grab your family to come with you. You can take a few shorter walks every day or go for a long walk on your extra weekend day. You can also check to see if there are any training walks already organized to join walkers in your area! These are a great way to make friends or grow your own team.

Connect with your teammates

We often share tips for building your 3-Day team, but don’t forget to take time to connect with your teammates once they agree to join you. You’ll have plenty of time to chat over your 60-mile journey or weekend of crewing, but before then, it helps to build a really strong team community. This is a deeply personal endeavor for many people, so organize a group breakfast or afternoon coffee meet-up and start a dialogue. Talk about your 3-Day journeys and remember what brought you all together in the first place. As fall weekends get busy, you’ll be able to look back on this time together and smile.

Fundraise on Facebook

Social media is a simple and low-maintenance approach to fundraising, and you can do it right from the comfort of your couch! Though you can use multiple avenues for fundraising (here are some more ideas!), you should definitely start on Facebook. Did you know that 3-Day participants who have a Facebook Fundraiser, on average, raise $500 more than participants without one? The power of this online fundraiser is a great reason to be active on Facebook!

With just a few clicks from your 3-Day Participant Center, you can set up your Facebook Fundraiser and start inviting all your family and friends today. Then, set up reminders as your 3-Day draws closer. Don’t let people forget!

Catch up on your research!

Since Labor Day weekend is often seen as the unofficial start of the fall season, we know that lots of 3-Dayers will be kicking their preparation into high gear starting in the next few days. To help prepare you for whatever your fall goals might be, we have some awesome blog posts to give you guidance:

We hope you all have an amazing few days planned, and we can’t wait to kick off our fall walks in New England next week!