August 9 - 11, 2013
The 2013 Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day began in Northbrook, with a stunning sunrise, stretching and Zumba, and a motivational presentation by Dr. Sheri which included survivors and flag bearers, all affected by breast cancer. After this inspiring Opening Ceremony, we moved quickly in the pleasant morning temperature and started a 21.3-mile course into the Chicago Botanical Gardens and through the communities of Northbrook, Glencoe, Winnetka, Northfield and Des Plaines. Along the way, several homes and local businesses offered us drinks and support. After we arrived in camp, we were treated to a camp show by a talented group of young Irish dancers, recognition of the top fundraisers for the event and a heartfelt talk from Jim Shiner, who is walking all 14 of the 3-Day events this year. Rejuvenated, we retired to our pink tents and to a comfortably cool night of sleep at Our Lady of Guadalupe/Maryville Academy.
Saturday's 19.3-mile route led us through the very supportive and enthusiastic towns of Des Plaines, Mt. Prospect and Arlington Heights. Local fire departments and police set up fire engines along the sunny route, taking pictures with walkers and crew members. Arlington Heights even had a pink fire engine and asked participants to sign the truck. Private cheering stations cropped up along the route, providing misters, a variety of chilled beverages and food. A family in Mt. Prospect collected 300 feet of bras, decorating the route, and provided an archway of pink balloons, while a Mt. Prospect Boy Scout Troop set up large banners, a misting station and a variety of wipes and treats. Two sets of cheerleaders participated on the route, one a New Balance-sponsored group from Maine West High School. Back at camp, we were treated to a local guitar duo, inspirational talks from a young survivor and a co-survivor and games from sponsors Bank of America and New Balance.
Sunday's route of 16.4 miles through Lincolnwood and Chicago traveled along Lake Shore Drive in gorgeous sunny weather. Families and individuals dotted the beautiful route, cheering for our entrance into the city and Soldier Field. A large crowd of supporters, friends, and family packed the grounds of Soldier Field and watched the raising of the flag. Everyone cheered wildly at the $2.2 million raised to help end breast cancer, with the Chicago city skyline in the background.
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