Headed to the 3-Day? Don’t Leave Home Without Social Media!

When I started walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® a decade and a half ago, the possibilities for sharing my on-event experience with loved ones back home were limited to calls home on not-so-smart cell phones and maybe showing off some snapshots to whomever happened to be around when I (maybe) pulled the photos off a clunky digital camera onto my computer. Today though, there are so many wonderful ways that Komen 3-Day participants can stay connected to their fellow 3-Day® friends, as well as their supporters in all corners of the world. Social media makes it all possible, and here’s how!

Follow Us Everywhere! – Did you know that the 3-Day is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? We’ll be posting to all of these platforms, plus blogging lots of fascinating stories and important updates before, during and after each 3-Day event weekend. You’re likely to see different content on each site, so the best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to follow the 3-Day everywhere!

Facebook Connections – When you complete Online Check-in for the 3-Day, you can sign up for Bank of America® 3-Day Connections™. This convenient service links your personal Facebook and/or Twitter accounts to an ID tag that you wear on your credential lanyard while you walk. When you (and your tag) cross sensors at certain points along the route, the Bank of America® 3-Day Connections™ system will automatically update your Facebook or Twitter status with a post. Signing up is free and easy.

Hashtags, hashtags, hashtags! – If you plan to post to social media on your own throughout the 3-Day event, be sure to add hashtags so that your posts can be grouped with other ones from the same event. At minimum, we suggest you use #The3Day and your location-specific hashtag.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 miles walk blog hashtag social media

susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 miles walk blog hashtag social media twitterNot quite sure how hashtags work? Read up on them here!

Instagram Photo Challenges – Each day of the 3-Day, we will hold a different themed photo challenge on Instagram, and we invite all of you 3-Day shutterbugs to join in. Post pictures that represent each day’s theme, and add the hashtag for that day (along with the other hashtags listed above, of course). At the end of each day, we’ll choose three of the themed photos to share on the 3-Day’s Instagram page.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer 60 miles walk blog hashtag social media instagram

3 Things to Get Excited About in June

Summer is so close, we can almost taste the barbecued burgers and apple pie. And turning the calendar page over to June also means we’re that much closer to the start of the 2015 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season. Here are a few fun and exciting June announcements from your friends at the Komen 3-Day.

A Delightful Discount to Help You Grow Your Team – The impact, camaraderie and enjoyment of the 3-Day® is so much stronger when you share it with friends. To nurture all those growing teams out there (or inspire new ones to start), we’re giving walkers $20 off their registration fee when they sign up with the discount code TEAM20. This special teambuilding discount expires at 11:55 p.m. CT on June 8th, so you need to act quickly. susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog team discount registration

Show Us What FRIENDSHIP Means to You – Our monthly Instagram photo challenge theme for June is FRIENDSHIP. To play along, simply post a picture (or two, or ten!) to Instagram, showing what this theme means to you. Be sure to include the hashtag #The3Day_June; you can also search this hashtag to see what others are posting! susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog instagram photo challenge june

See Your Pics on a 3-Day Photo Banner – As long as you’re shooting, posting and hashtagging your fantastic 3-Day-related pictures anyway, don’t forget about our ongoing #DoSomethingHuge photo challenge. Since February, we’ve been collecting every picture posted to Instagram with this hashtag, and we’ll be compiling all of these pictures into a beautiful photo mosaic banner which will be on display at every 3-Day event this year. We want to include photos from as many 3-Dayers as possible, so be sure to post your pics with the hashtag #DoSomethingHuge; the deadline for photos to make it onto the photo banner in June 15.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog instagram photo challenge #dosomethinghuge

February Photo Challenge – ‘Taking Steps’

Thank you to everyone who posted photos on Instagram for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® February photo challenge. The theme was ‘Taking Steps,’ and we loved seeing how you all interpreted that. Here are a few of our favorite submissions:susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles instagram february photo challenge

The March photo challenge is off and running, with the very inspiring theme of ‘Hope.’ Be sure to post early and often and show us what hope means to you.susan g. komen 3-Day breast cancer walk 60 miles instagram photo challenge

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