The West Coast certainly was the best coast this past weekend in Seattle! From the natural beauty of the trails and waterfront to the excitement of our first outdoor camp of the year, we spent a fantastic weekend with our Seattle community, and celebrated a wonderful legacy in this region.
Our weekend began on Fountain Lawn, under the shadow of the Space Needle. Walkers, crew, family and friends all gathered to celebrate the start of our 60-mile journey! Michelle Millman from our local partner KIRO7 Seattle kicked off our Opening Ceremony by sharing her own breast cancer story before our survivors and those living with breast cancer led our walkers out and onto the route.
We passed through downtown Seattle and into Roanoke Park for our first pit stop of the day, with walkers being cheered through the morning by local supporters from St. Thomas School. Everyone entered lunch at Downtown Bellevue Park with smiles on their faces after seeing those young cheerleaders!
At lunch, we also met our amazing Seattle 3-Day Youth Corps, who shared why they commit three days to support Susan G. Komen. It was an emotional declaration of support and showed just how much our Youth Corps means to this community.
Leaving lunch inspired, we trekked through Bellevue and Redmond in the afternoon before arriving home at our outdoor camp at Marymoor Park. Walkers reveled in the Bank of America massage chairs before giving a warm welcome to our final walker of the evening. Day One = Complete!
Day Two began with our Bank of America Breakfast of Champions, where we were so honored to recognize so many incredible Seattle 3-Dayers for their contributions over the years. And then the walk began! There was plenty of community support throughout Day Two; from Lil’ Smokies snacks to a Susan G. Komen Puget Sound cheer station to gator-itas from the Puget Sound Parrot Heads. Every step of the way, walkers were cheered through their day.
That includes extra cheers — and dancing! — at our Halfway Celebration at lunch in Juanita Beach Park. Mark led us in our halfway flash mob, and we had more dancers than ever before! Even after walking 30 miles already, Seattle 3-Day walkers could still move and groove 😊
The afternoon passed quickly as walkers made their way along local trails in both Kirkland and Redmond. Camp on Saturday night was extra special, with Coach Aubrey performing live music for her 3-Dayers, and our final walker for the day beginning our Honor Ceremony that evening. Once again, participants were reminded of why we commit, why we walk, and why we can never quit. Everyone snuggled into their pink tents feeling inspired to start Day Three in the morning.
And soon enough, Day Three arrived! The day began with a drop off at the University of Washington and though it was a rainy Sunday, our walkers took on the final 20 miles of the weekend with aplomb. We spent the whole day in Seattle, with early morning stops at Woodland and Gas Works Park. Walkers marveled at the views and posed for photos in Gas Works Park, which is always a favorite pit stop for the weekend.
We then made our way into the downtown area for lunch at Lake Union Park, before walking along the water and through the Olympic Sculpture Park. And before we even knew it, our finish line was in view! We returned to the North Fountain Lawn at Seattle Center for the Finish Line Festival and our walkers crossed the 60-mile finish line with wide smiles and arms raised in triumph.
As our final walker crossed the finish line, we began our Closing Ceremony celebration! Following the last walker, we honored our crew, and the survivors and those living with breast cancer. Together, our Seattle 3-Day family was finally complete. We celebrated this weekend, the legacy of the 3-Day in Seattle and our amazing group of participants. After all, our 350 walkers and 175 crew had raised a combined $1.1 million! Thank you, Seattle, for yet another amazing 60-mile journey with us!