Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Susan G. Komen 3day Event-Atlanta 2012!!

My 3 words to describe the 3day event!! This was my first Susan G. Komen 3day event!  We trained for months, raised money for months (ok my sister raised most of my money for me). It was such a wonderful experience!!!  We were so excited to arrive in Atlanta on the day before the walk began.  We had a great dinner full of carbs! We woke up bright and early the day of the walk.  Full of anticipation. Prepared to walk 60 miles over the next three days.  The four of use boarded our shuttle with bags overflowing!!! 
After a 25 minute ride, we arrived!!  We were greeted by cheers from the Youth Corps! They were lining both sides of the entryway, cheering us on and giving us high fives.  
Opening ceremonies began about 7:30am.  It didn't take long and we were fighting back tears. The flags were presented and they lead us to the starting line.  There were almost 1600 walkers present so it took us a while to get to the starting line.  
I cannot describe in words what we experienced the next three days.  It was a feeling like no other.  We walked 60 miles in 3 days along side some of the most amazing people I have ever met.  Our Atlanta CREW was AMAZING!!! They were dancing, singing and cheering in the streets.  They were the spark that kept us safely going on our journey.  I am not great with words, so here are pictures to describe our journey......

Opening Ceremonies.... inspiring.

Some of our AMAZING CREW! They were so much fun and so encouraging.

One of the many cheer leaders along our route! Atlanta really came out and supported us on our journey.  They provided snacks, drinks, motrin, and encouragement!!
Another member of OUR AMAZING CREW!! She was one of the first crew members we encountered on Day 1.  She rode her motorcycle up and down the route, playing her music loud and singing along!! So much fun!!

Here we are on Day 3 posing in Piedmont Park! Beautiful park!!

 This is Richard.  I learned about his story on FB after we returned home from the 3day Event.  He was a lot of fun on the route. He danced and sang and kept us moving along safely.  He is a third generation breast cancer survivor.  His father and grandfather had breast cancer.  He had a mastectomy at the age of 14! Can you imagine?! I believe he is now 65. Can you imagine, 51 years ago,  having breast cancer at the age of 14, having a mastectomy, and being male??? How difficult that must have been for a 14 year old kid.

 OUR AMAZING CREW!!  They were all dressed up and full of encouragement!!

 Our tents inside the convention center.  yes we were spoiled.  I think they have had bad weather in Atlanta the last few years so they have been camping indoors for this event. Lucky us!!

 Sara admiring the wall of inspiration!!

 Amy treating her blisters on Day 3.  yeah, we were unable to avoid those blisters.

 Some of our CREW at lunch on DAY 3

 Another one of our FABULOUS CREW members!!

 Day 2. PitStop ??? 

 End of Day2. 

More of our supporters in Atlanta!! They were amazing!!!  This was one of our favorite stops...they 
Amy going up the escalator on Day3
 We thought we had struck GOLD when we passed supporters with open coolers of caffeine!!!! 

 The finish line!!! 

Marissa helping Amy out with her shoe laces. At this point bending over is a luxury for most of the 3day walkers-but Marissa must have had her V8 this morning...lol.

Shoe salute!!!

You can make a donation to my 3day event at  the3day Atlanta 2013

1 comment:

Sara Bell said...

Congrats, great job!
And yikes, those blisters! I really hope they were a lot smaller than that moleskin, otherwise OUCH!!