2016 Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day Route Update

Last year on the 3-Day® blog, we shared some detailed “Insider’s Peek at the Route” posts with you. We pulled the curtain back on the overall process of planning and executing a 60-mile route, and then got even more in-depth with each individual 3-Day walk’s route.

This year, we wanted to keep you looped-in with the updates and changes that have been made to the 3-Day routes for 2016. We’re also bringing in members of the 3-Day Advisory Council to share their thoughts about the 2016 changes. These participants stand as the “voice” of the 3-Day community and their input has been instrumental in strengthening the communication and camaraderie between Komen and the 3-Day family, so we’re thrilled to have their insight here on our route updates. We’ve previously shared route updates for MichiganTwin Cities, Seattle, Atlanta and Philadelphia, and today, Dallas/Fort Worth is front and center!

Need a refresher about what the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day route was like last year? Read our 2015 “Insider’s Peek” post here.

New for 2016

We chatted with Kiki, the amazing Event Planning Manager for the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day, and the awesome Coach Gayla. They used feedback from seasoned walkers to make a few small changes between pit stop 3 and pit stop 4 on Day 1. Coach Gayla said “We’ll visit a new stretch just off of Forest Lane that will be a welcome change to our long time #DFW3Day walkers on Day 1. You’ll also be greeted by Susan G. Komen Headquarters staff members and the three Komen Affiliates from Greater Fort Worth, North Texas and Dallas County along the Survivor Stretch from pit stop 4 to camp.”

On Day 2, the total mileage will be one mile less than before, to give your sore feet a break. “Day 2 and 3 you’ll see a new Cheer Corps spot that has never been seen before. Soak up the love from them and I know you’ll appreciate the surprise break,” said Coach Gayla.


On Day 3, “There’s a small change in Downtown Dallas after pit stop 3, with a pretty straight shot to Deep Ellum where you’ll get the final uplift you’ll need from private cheer stations before you enter Fair Park and the new Participant Finish Area,” she said. The Participant Finish Area at Closing Ceremony is getting a makeover, with a new gathering area with grass, shade, and a much more comfortable atmosphere for family and friends. The Victory Walk will also be a little bit different from last year, freshening up those amazing final few steps until Closing Ceremony.


In Their Words  We asked Thomas and Melissa, two of our 3-Day Advisory Council members who are participating in the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day, for their thoughts on the 2016 route updates.


Thomas (3x participant) – Thomas, a member of Dallas/Fort Worth team Presbytittans, said, “There are three parts I’ve always looked forward to since my first walk: I love the elementary school where the children are outside and cheering; I look forward to coming back through the tunnel on the Brookhaven campus; and the stroll through Deep Ellum on the way to Fair Park is always a treat.” He encourages first-timers to really take their time through downtown Dallas on Sunday. “There’s a tendency to ’finish strong‘ after lunch on Sunday, but enjoy the sights of downtown,” he said. How about any awesome Kodak Moments for our 3-Dayers? “Most of my pictures over the years have been at cheering stations and at the beginning/ending of the route. However, I always get asked to be the person to take pictures for others at the fire stations!”

Melissa (10+ year participant) – When we asked Melissa what she loved about the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day, she said many of the same things as Thomas. “I think the best and most consistent parts of the route would be the HUGE cheer stations. Many ladies really love the Richardson Firefighters who happily pose for photos on their truck, and there are always school kids who line the playground fence to give us a high five!” Melissa and her husband also always find the B I G letters and snap a few pics like the one below. Does she have any other advice for walkers who are about to hit the streets for the Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day? “The weather is always gorgeous, but being Texas, it can change quickly – so please check the weather frequently and even if the forecast is warm and dry, bring gear for cold and wet! Also beware of curbs! We have a LOT of them!”


We can’t wait to see you in a few weeks, Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Dayers, and we think Thomas summed up what we think you should do just perfectly: “Embrace the weekend! Laugh, hug, cry, high five and love your way through the event. You’re in a unique place of affirmation and mission, so enjoy it!”

We know you will, and if you have any questions or concerns before your event, remember the coaches are just a call away at 800-996-3DAY. See you soon, #DFW3Day!

Bring Your Besties to the 3-Day

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, we remember the mothers, sisters, grandmothers and friends lost to breast cancer. We walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® so that our daughters and granddaughters may not have to face this disease.


In honor of women everywhere this Mother’s Day, we want to help your friends and family experience their very first Komen 3-Day.

The life-changing 3-Day® journey is hard to describe: the community of kindness, strangers who become life-long friends. It’s the “3-Day Bubble,” where for three days the world is as it should be. It’s something that everyone should experience first-hand.

Share this transformative journey with your loved ones. Invite your sister from across the country, your dad back home, your BESTIES a state away. And for each first-time walker you invite, we will cover the travel costs necessary for them to join you!

Invite friends who are brand new to the 3-Day® to register to walk with you by May 9 with the code BYB16 and we’ll fly them to the event and give them a $10 discount off their registration fee. Go to The3Day.org/Bestie for all of the details.

Help us spread the word now. Share it with your friends and your family. Why? Because we walk for them, and we walk for you.

The3Day.org – Same Great Website, Snazzy New Look for 2016

The 3-Day website has a new look for 2016, but all the same great info you’re used to. Whether you’re someone who is interested in learning about the 3-Day, a first-time walker just getting to know us, or a veteran participant coming back for another event, we’ve got what you’re looking for at The3Day.org. We encourage everyone to head over there and click around to explore for yourself, but here’s a little peek at what good stuff you’ll find.

Welcome to Our Home PageThis where The3Day.org begins, and you’ll see right away that we’ve made it easy for you to know where to jump in.home page

Jump on These Amazing Travel OffersOne of the things we’re most excited about this year are the two amazing travel programs we’re offering to bring more walkers—new and old—to the 3-Day! Be sure to click the purple banner across the top of the screen to get details on these offers and see if you or your friends qualify. But do it soon—the travel offers are only available for a limited time! banner

Get the 411 on Our EventsFarther down on the Home page, you’ll be able to navigate right into the event you’re interested in. eventsOn each individual event’s page, there are specific details about that 3-Day location, including an event overview, last year’s map of route highlights, and info about the 3-Day coaches for that particular event. event page

Come Meet Up With Us!If you live near a 3-Day location, you’re encouraged to come mingle with coaches and your fellow 3-Dayers face-to-face. To make those in-person gatherings easy to find, we have a searchable calendar at your fingertips. meet ups

Connect With Us on Social MediaThere are more places than ever for you to link up with the 3-Day in cyberspace. On the Connect page, you can click and be taken right to the 3-Day’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and blog sites (well, if you’re reading this, you’re already on the blog site at least J ). connectParticipants, There’s Even MORE for You!If you’re a registered walker or crew member, you have your own Participant Center, a treasure trove of additional information and resources. Log in by clicking the Sign In button on the top right corner of any page of The3Day.org. loginOnce inside your Participant Center, there are loads of tools and tips, so click around and see what you can find. pc

If you’re ever looking for something in particular on The3Day.org and can’t find it, remember that the 3-Day coaches are just a phone call away at 800-996-3DAY, and are always happy to jump online with you and help you get to where you need to be.