Take Your Training Walks to the Next Level with a Head Turning Theme! 

First things first, we see all of you training (thank you for posting all your fun training walk pics on our Facebook groups!), and we are so proud of you! Every step you take both at the 3-Day and leading up to the event is pivotal in the fight against breast cancer.  Not only are 3-Day training walks important to prepare your body for 60, 40 or 20 miles, but they also serve as a sneak peek into the beloved Pink Bubble! As you may know, in addition to the incredible community, one of the best parts of the Pink Bubble is the head-turning outfits that walkers put together for the event. The boundaries of Pink Bubble fashion are pushed every year and we can’t wait to see what you put together for 2023. That said, let’s kick things up a notch and add some fun themes and costumes to your training walks as you prepare for the 3-Day and spread awareness. Be sure to train in the clothing and equipment you plan to use at the event so you can get a feel for what it will be like walking in it. Keep reading for some of our favorite themes to truly transform your 2023 training walks. 

  • Think Pink: If 3-Day attire could be described in one word, that word would be PINK! Gather as much pink as you can find and remember that there’s no such thing as overdoing it. We’re envisioning a head-to-toe Barbie dream moment.  
  • Tie-Dye: Whether you already have a masterpiece in your closet or want to have some fun making a brand-new pink psychedelic swirl, tie dye is a simple way to level up any outfit. Try out some new shapes or stick with the classic tie-dye design; the sky’s the limit. 
  • Pick a Decade: Maybe you have a shirt from the 80’s sitting in your closet, or you just have a special appreciation for the 1920s. Regardless of what decade speaks to you, go all out and transform yourself to what you imagine a walker of that time would wear.  
  • Crazy Hair: Regardless of trends, one thing is always in style at the 3-Day and that’s fun hair! Wigs, hair paint, glitter, hair clips, wacky hairdos, and more are a pivotal part of the Pink Bubble. Rock some out-of-the-box locks on your next training walk and you’re sure to pull focus throughout your community.  
  • Sparkle Away: Catch the light and attention as you walk in the most sparkly outfit you’ve got! Sequins, glitter, metallics, you name it! Get your friends to join in on the fun and shine bright like a diamond on your next walk. 
  • Go Team: Put on your favorite sports jersey and rep the team you’re always rooting for. Maybe it’s a professional basketball player or your old soccer jersey. Either way, it’ll give you that extra power you’ve been looking for.  
  • Holiday Cheer: Pick your favorite holiday, no matter the season, and go all out. From reindeer antlers to spooky socks, gather up your favorite holiday gear and spread joy around your community with each step. Stick to one holiday or combine a bunch to create the most festive outfit you’ve got! 
  • Mismatched Mayhem: Put together an outfit that you wouldn’t normally wear. Combine the boldest patterns and colors in your closet to really make a statement as you strut in style. Go for plaid, neon, polka dots, chevron, and anything else you that can find; the more striking the better!  
  • Beloved Bras: A group of walkers wearing bras atop their clothing is bound to capture the spotlight. Whether fastened over your shirt, as a hat or however else you can think to fashion it, have fun with a bra-themed training walk and spark conversation wherever you wander. 

  With the 3-Day just around the corner, a themed training walk is a fantastic way to spread joy throughout your community. Whether you rock a pink wig or jingle all the way around town, the opportunities for a statement outfit are endless. Whatever theme you may choose, we know you’ll look great strutting in style. You may even encourage interactions with unsuspecting supporters. Each new curious passerby could become one of your new donors. Be sure to print out a bunch of fundraising and information cards (grab yours at The3Day.org/Cards) to hand out to people who ask about your amazing ensemble.  

Do you have a go-to training walk theme or something you have been itching to try? Share it with us in the comments below.  

PLEASE NOTE: THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND TRAINING INFORMATION PROVIDED TO YOU IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE 3-DAY IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE OR BE CONSTRUED AS MEDICAL ADVICE AND ANY SUCH INFORMATION IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR SEEKING MEDICAL ADVICE OR TREATMENT FROM YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDER. BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM OR FOLLOWING ANY RECOMMENDATIONS, ADVICE OR OTHER INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING TRAINING FOR THE KOMEN 3-DAY OR ANY ATHLETIC EVENT, YOU SHOULD FIRST CONSULT A PHYSICIAN AND HAVE A PHYSICAL EXAMINATION. 

Summer Fundraising: 5 Ways to Incorporate Fundraising into Your Favorite Summer Activities 

Summertime is all about fun in the sun and spending time with friends and family. With the 3-Day around the corner and the Pink Bubble ready to unite, you don’t have to choose between fundraising and enjoying the sunniest time of year. Keep reading for a few ways to incorporate fundraising into your favorite summer activities.   

  1. Fire up the BBQ  

With grilling season in high gear, you and your supporters can flip some burgers for a good cause. Add a tip jar at your next BBQ to benefit you on your way to the 3-Day and ask your donors and family to do the same at their own gatherings. Want to kick it up a notch? Host a pie or hot dog eating contest and collect donations in contestants’ names. The winner can take home a prize and the donations go toward your fundraising efforts. Talk about a win-win!  

  1. Throw a Block Party 

Turn your fundraising into the talk of the town by hosting a block party in your neighborhood. Whether you’re already best friends or you’ve never met, a block party is a great way to bring the whole community together to enjoy some summer fun. Send out a community invite asking everyone to contribute to the event with food, music, and activities and be sure to include a short blurb about your reason for walking the 3-Day. Encourage donations both in your invite and during the party so you can facilitate community bonding and fundraising at the same time!  

  1. Join a Farmer’s Market 

Do you have a knack for gardening? What about a love for baking? Are you obsessed with crafting? Whatever you’re into making, you can contact your local farmer’s market to set up a booth and sell goods for a cause. Don’t have a green thumb or a creative streak? Connect with a local vendor and ask to volunteer your time in exchange for a tip jar or a portion of the proceeds to benefit your fundraising efforts.  

  1. Host a Pool Party 

Pool days are one of the best parts of summer! Don’t have a pool in your backyard? Not a problem! Head over to your local public pool and ask if you can host a pool party with them to raise money for the 3-Day. Reach out to local vendors to donate food, drinks, and music, and invite everyone you can think of (within capacity, of course). Charge an entry fee to all attendees and accept additional donations at the door. Talk about the ultimate pool day!  

  1. Plan a Golf (or Mini Golf) Tournament 

Team up with your favorite golf course to host 9 holes for hope. Share your story with the community, spread the word at country clubs, courses, and anywhere else you can think of. Charge an entry fee and announce a prize for the player with the best score. Step closer and closer to your fundraising goals, one swing at a time!  All in all, whatever your favorite summer activity may be, your opportunities to fundraise are endless! Get creative and enjoy your summer. Happy fundraising! 

The People You’ll Meet on the 3-Day

The 3-Day is an extraordinary event that brings together people from all walks of life, united by a common purpose: to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer. Whether it’s your first 3-Day or 50th, there are six people you’re guaranteed to encounter on your journey! 

The 3-Day Mom 

There’s always a seasoned participant affectionately known as the “3-Day Mom.” With a wealth of experience, this remarkable individual has participated in more 3-Day events than you can count and serves as a guiding light for newcomers. The 3-Day Mom takes you under their wing, sharing their wisdom and knowledge. They eagerly provide you with essential tips and tricks, ensuring your fanny pack is stocked with everything you might need before you head on the route. More than just a walking buddy, they invite you to sit at their table, eat with them and they make sure to introduce you to every member on their team! 

The Marvelous Medical Crew Member 

When your tired and aching body yearns for relief, the Marvelous Medical Crew Member appears as a beacon. With a genuine smile and compassionate demeanor, they greet you with open arms. These dedicated professionals are always there, ready to address any medical issue that may arise during your 60-mile journey. From blister care to hydration strategies, they possess an almost magical ability to offer solutions that keep you going. Their unwavering commitment to your well-being gives you the confidence to persevere, knowing that you’re in safe hands. 

The Courageous Walker Battling Breast Cancer 

Among the walkers, you’ll encounter a true hero, the Courageous Walker Battling Breast Cancer. This individual epitomizes our well-known 3-Day phrase, “Walking 60 miles is hard, but not as hard as breast cancer.” Despite facing their own personal fight, they exude kindness, encouragement, and an undeniable spirit of resilience. With every step they take, they defy the challenges that breast cancer presents. Their grace and positive attitude are a tribute to the strength of the human spirit. Their presence serves as a reminder that together, we can overcome any obstacle and create a world without breast cancer. 

The Vibrant Youth Corps Member 

The Youth Corps members infuse the event with their boundless energy and unwavering enthusiasm. With their infectious smiles and positive attitudes, they provide a refreshing presence that uplifts the spirits of participants. Whether it’s offering words of encouragement, cheering on weary walkers, or lending a helping hand, their supportive presence creates a sense of camaraderie and motivation that propels everyone forward! 

The Newbie Walker 

Dressed in vibrant attire that pays tribute to their loved ones battling breast cancer or honors those they have lost, the wide-eyed Newbie Walker is a symbol of hope and strength. They jump full-force into the spirit of the event, embracing every challenge with unwavering determination. These phenomenal folks are often found at the front of the line, eager to embark on each day’s route. Their newfound commitment to the cause inspires others to push beyond their limits, to keep going, and to never give up. They are the future of the 3-Day, a living testament to the power of solidarity and the impact a single person can make with every step they take. 

The Crew Captain with Endless Energy 

Behind the scenes, ensuring every aspect of the 3-Day event runs smoothly, is the Crew Captain that has an infinite amount of energy. This extraordinary event pro possesses an unbreakable spirit that radiates throughout the weekend. They rise before the sun, fueled by passion and dedication, and stay at camp until the last walker heads to bed. Their tireless efforts ensure that the event is a perfect experience for all participants. With days jam-packed with event logistics, they pour their heart and soul into creating an atmosphere that nurtures and uplifts all walkers! 

Have you met any of these people on event? Share with us!