About the Event
- What is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®
- Where does the Komen 3-Day take place?
- Before You Register: The Important Things to Know
- How do I register for the 3-Day®?
- How far do we walk?
- What if I can’t walk that far?
- Where do we spend the night?
- Is there a minimum age requirement to register for the 3-Day?
- Is there an insurance requirement to register for the 3-Day?
- Do I need permission from my doctor in order to participate?
- Do I have to carry all my gear while I am walking?
- I live outside the United States. Can I participate in the event?
- Where can I find information about the financial results of the 3-Day Series?
- Can persons with disabilities participate in the 3-Day?
- Is the event held in bad weather?
- Why is the 2014 3-Day Series only 7 events?
About the Event
1. What is the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®?
Thousands of women and men come together, each raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Then they take their commitment to end breast cancer one step further and walk 60 miles over the course of three days.
Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Komen 3-Day help support national research and large public health outreach programs. The remaining 25 percent supports local community and Affiliate outreach programs. Virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 30 years has been impacted by a Susan G. Komen grant.
2. Where Does the 3-Day Take Place?
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Series is rolling across the country. Join us when we come to your town, or embark on an adventure and discover a new, beautiful location.
|San Francisco Bay Area
| June 21-23, 2013
||October 4-6, 2013
||September 12-14, 2014
|July 26-28, 2013
||October 11-13, 2013
|August 2-4, 2013
||October 18-20, 2013
||October 17-19, 2014
|August 9-11, 2013
||October 25-27, 2013
|August 16-18, 2013
||November 1-3, 2013
|August 15-17, 2014
||November 7-9, 2014
|August 23-25, 2013
||November 8-10, 2013
|August 22-24, 2014
|September 20-22, 2013
||November 15-17, 2013
|September 19-21, 2014
||November 21-23, 2014
3. Before You Register: The Important Things to Know
- In order to register for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day as a walker, you must be 16 years old by the end of the year in which the event takes place. Registered walkers who are 15, 16 or 17 years of age must provide a minor consent form signed by a parent or guardian and be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also a registered walker for the duration of the Komen 3-Day event and on any official training walks. Crew members must be 18 years or older and commit to three full days of the event, plus a pre-event meeting. Crew members are not required to fundraise, but must pay a registration fee.
- All walkers must agree to raise a minimum of $2,300 for the 3-Day® in order to walk.
- Each walker (whether you are on a team or not) is responsible for her or his own fundraising commitment in order to participate.
- The registration fee and all donations are non-refundable and non-transferable. This means that once a donation is posted to a participant’s account it cannot be moved to another participant’s account for any reason, regardless of whether or not you’re able to participate in the event. Additionally, donations cannot be refunded.
- All participants must have medical insurance at the time of the event in order to participate.
- The 3-Day reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse registration and/or participation to anyone at any time before or during the event.
4. How do I register for the 3-Day?
Go to the Register page, select your 3-Day location and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt. If you don't wish to register online, call 800-996-3DAY and we will be happy to take your registration over the phone.
Registration for crew members for 2014 3-Day events will open after the 2013 3-Day takes place for each event. Click here to be notified when Crew registration opens for a 2014 3-Day.
5. How far do we walk?
The 3-Day route covers approximately 15-22 miles each day for three days in a row, totaling approximately 60 miles.
6. What if I can’t walk that far?
If you are unable to continue walking while out on the route, one of our support vehicles will transport you to the next pit stop, or ahead to camp, where you can rest and get medical attention if you need it. Your safety is always our first concern.
7. Where do we spend the night?
After a long day's journey, you’ll spend the evening at the 3-Day camp with your fellow walkers and crew members. We provide you with a 2-person sleeping tent to share. If you don’t wish to sleep at camp, we will provide information about nearby hotels which include shuttles to and from camp, though you will be responsible for making your own reservations.
Camp will consist of many different areas, including dining tents, where you will eat dinner and breakfast, and shower and sink trucks for washing up. There will be a “3-Day Lounge” for relaxation and socialization, a stage for nightly announcements and entertainment, and much more.
8. Is there a minimum age requirement to register for the 3-Day?
Walkers must be at least 16 years of age by the end of the year the event takes place in order to participate. Registered walkers who are 15, 16 or 17 years of age must provide a minor consent form signed by a parent or guardian and be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also a registered walker for the duration of the 3-Day event and on any official training walks. Crew members must be 18 years of age at the time of the event in order to participate as a crew member in the 3-Day.
The 3-Day Youth Corps is a specialized team that allows 10-16 year olds to participate as crew members on the event. Youth Corps members will attend the entire 3-Day event (accompanied by a small group of Crew Captains), tent at night in camp with the participants and complete a multitude of important tasks both on the route and in camp. The 2014 Youth Corps application process will open in the spring of 2014. There will be a limited amount of Youth Corps positions available. To apply for a position on the Youth Corps, you and your parent or legal guardian must participate in a Youth Corps Get Started Meeting, and you must complete an application and take part in a phone interview. Each Youth Corps member also must agree to raise a minimum of $500 for the 3-Day in order to participate on the Youth Corps team.
Day volunteers must be at least 10 years old in order to volunteer for the 3-Day. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult while volunteering on the event (no more than 5 minors per adult for ages 10-16, 10 minors per adult for ages 16-18).
9. Is there an insurance requirement to register for the 3-Day?
Yes. You must provide proof of medical insurance on the medical form in order to participate. This applies to all registered participants, including walkers and crew members. Though the 3-Day provides emergency medical services without charge, personal health insurance is needed to cover the cost of any medical care received away from the event. For example: if emergency room or ambulance transport is necessary, insurance coverage may apply. Check with your insurance company for the terms of your individual policy. If you do not currently have insurance, we suggest you obtain temporary insurance.
10. Do I need permission from my doctor in order to participate?
You must fill out a confidential medical form and accept a waiver and release of liability and image release before participating. If you have significant medical history, however, we strongly suggest that you discuss your participation in the 3-Day with your primary health care provider and get his or her approval for you to participate. Click here to download an informational sheet about the event to show your personal physician.
11. Do I have to carry all my gear while I am walking?
No. The 3-Day Crew will transport your gear and tent for you to camp. You’ll just need to pick it up from the gear truck when you arrive at camp after walking. If the weather forecast is favorable on Saturday morning, you can leave your gear in your tent, since you’ll be returning to your home away from home that night. As the sun comes up on the third day, you will re-pack your bag, fold up your tent, load it on the gear truck and begin the final day. The Crew will transport your gear to the Closing Ceremony location for you while you’re walking.
12. I live outside the United States. Can I participate in the event?
Yes. You do not need to live inside the U.S. to participate in the 3-Day.
13. Where can I find information about the financial results of the 3-Day?
Each year, after all of the financial results of an event series are audited, a fact sheet is issued. Click here to download a copy of the 3-Day Fact Sheet.
14. Can persons with disabilities participate in the 3-Day?
Yes. The 3-Day is committed to addressing the needs of all of our participants, including those with disabilities, in order to provide a safe and successful event experience. Coaches and tools are available to support every participant through registration, fundraising and training. Click here to read our entire disability policy.
All 3-Day event staff and crew members are trained to support participants with disabilities.
15. Is the event held in bad weather?
Whatever the weather, the 3-Day generally continues. So please be prepared for walking and camping in inclement weather. If the weather gets too severe, we always have a back-up plan for evacuating camp and relocating to make sure that everyone is housed safely
We will make every effort to hold the 3-Day events at the times, dates and locations specified. However, Susan G. Komen for the Cure holds the right to cancel or change the date or location of any 3-Day event, in its sole discretion, due to circumstances that may compromise the health or safety of the participants, including without limitation, unusually severe or extreme weather, fire, natural disaster, epidemic or riot. In the event that a 3-Day event is cancelled or changed, we will take active steps to inform registered participants (walkers, crew and volunteers) of such cancellation or change as soon as possible by email and/or phone and posting announcements online at the participant center at The3Day.org. All registration fees and donations submitted to the 3-Day are non-transferable and non-refundable, even if the event is cancelled or changed. Your donations will go directly to the cause, and we hope your donors will appreciate supporting Susan G. Komen regardless of the cancellation or modification of the event.
16. Why is the 2014 3-Day Series only 7 events?
While the 3-Day has brought great awareness to the breast cancer cause, participation levels the last five years have made it difficult to financially sustain an event of this magnitude in 14 cities. In order to ensure the greatest financial return for Susan G. Komen®’s mission to end breast cancer forever, we believe that modifying the 3-Day Series is the most responsible course of action. We hope to one day return to a larger number of cities, but believe very strongly that this difficult decision will allow us to return the greatest amount of dollars to the cause.
The decision not to return next year to seven of the locations we visited in 2013 was not made lightly, as we know these events have touched the lives of thousands of dedicated participants. We express our deep gratitude to all 3-Day participants and communities who have been so committed to the event during the past 10 years.
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- What is a crew member?
- What do volunteers do?
- What’s the difference between volunteers and crew?
- Can I volunteer if I am already registered as a walker or crew member?
- How do I register to become a volunteer?
- Are there volunteer opportunities for groups? How do we register a group?
- Can crew members choose which type of job they do on the event?
- Is there an insurance requirement to register as a volunteer?
1. What is a crew member?
A crew member is a registered Susan G. Komen 3-Day participant who attends the event in a service capacity. Crew members do not walk the 60-mile route, but are onsite during the entire event (plus an additional half-day prior to the event for check-in and training) performing a specific job. The Crew is the backbone of the 3-Day! Crew members are not required to fundraise, though we do encourage it and will support you in your fundraising efforts.
2. What do volunteers do?
Volunteers are needed to help with single-day commitments. It’s a way to stay flexible and still contribute your time, expertise and ideas to help make the 3-Day a success. From outreach and recruitment, to training and motivating participants, to on-event roles and responsibilities, there is a volunteer program to fit your schedule, skills and passions.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities.
3. What’s the difference between volunteers and crew?
The Crew trains for their assignment during the months leading up to the event and travels with the walkers during the 3-Day. Volunteers work behind the scenes all year long and at the event’s campsite and Closing Ceremony. If you can give us a few hours or a day, you should consider being a volunteer. If you can commit to the full four days of the event (All-Crew Meeting on Thursday afternoon, plus the 3 days of the event) you should register to be a crew member.
Learn more about volunteer & crew opportunities.
4. Can I volunteer if I am already registered as a walker or crew member?
Yes, in certain capacities. Getting involved is a great way to stay connected to the 3-Day all year long and really become a part of our community. Walkers and crew members won’t be available to volunteer for the Opening or Closing Ceremonies, though - those ceremonies are for them!
5. How do I register to become a volunteer?
Click here to search for volunteer opportunities in your area.
If you would like to be notified when new volunteer opportunities become available, please subscribe to the Volunteer Bulletin. It’s a newsletter that delivers important volunteer information and will keep you aware of new opportunities as they are announced. Subscribing to the Volunteer Bulletin places you on our email distribution list to receive the bulletin. It does not sign you up for a particular volunteer opportunity. Once volunteer opportunities are listed in the bulletin, you will need to sign up for a particular position.
6. Are there volunteer opportunities for groups? How do we register a group?
Yes. We welcome groups of volunteers for our street teams, local events and Ceremonies. Please contact a 3-Day Crew & Volunteer Coach at 800-996-3DAY to learn more.
7. Can crew members choose which type of job they do on the event?
During the registration process, crew members will choose their crew team from a list of crew teams with open positions. Crew members unsure of which team to choose may pick an Undecided team and request to be contacted in the spring by a Crew & Volunteer Coach.
8. Is there an insurance requirement to register as a volunteer?
While the 3-Day does not require volunteers to carry personal health insurance while on event, we highly recommend that you do so. As a volunteer you may sustain injuries while on event, which may require medical treatment. Any costs associated with injuries sustained on event, would be fully and solely your own responsibility. The 3-Day will not reimburse you or be financially responsible for any costs associated with your medical care while on the event or thereafter.
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Young Women Walking
- What is the Young Women Walking program?
- How old do I need to be to participate in Young Women Walking?
- Can men participate in Young Women Walking?
- Can Young Women Walking form or join a 3-Day team?
- If I already registered as a 3-Day walker or crew member, may I switch to the Young Women Walking program?
- If I register for the Young Women Walking, may I later switch to being a 3-Day walker and participate in all three days of the event?
- How can I register for the 2013 Young Women Walking program?
- How can I register for the 2014 Young Women Walking program?
1. What is the Young Women Walking program?
Young Women Walking (YW2) is a new program that will offer a single-day experience on the Saturday of each Susan G. Komen 3-Day® to young women between the ages of 16-23. Participants must pay a registration fee of $40 and raise at least $750 in order to participate. Young Women Walking participants will receive many of the same resources and tools that we provide to Komen 3-Day walkers for fundraising and training. Participants who are younger than 18 years of age at the time of the 3-Day® event must be accompanied on the event by a parent or guardian who is a registered 3-Day walker.
The event experience for Young Women Walking participants will begin on the Saturday morning of the 3-Day in camp, where they will rally together as a group, meet up with fellow team members and receive a customized Young Women Walking drawstring bag to wear throughout the day. Participants are welcome to walk the entire 20-mile route on Saturday. Once they return to camp that afternoon, they’ll be able to enjoy all the 3-Day camp amenities, including the hot showers, dinner, reflection time in the remembrance tent and more. A pink party reception for all Young Women Walking participants will also be held in camp at the Young Women Walking tent on Main Street. During the reception, participants can interact with learning kiosks to discover important, life-saving breast health information. Young Women Walking participants are welcome to stay through the camp show, where they will receive a special recognition, and dance party that night. They will depart camp on Saturday evening and will not sleep overnight in camp.
2. How old do I need to be to participate in Young Women Walking?
Participants in the Young Women Walking program must be 16 years or older by the end of 2013, and must be 23 years old or younger at the time of registration. Young Women Walking who are younger than 18 years of age at the time of the 3-Day event must be accompanied on the event by a parent or guardian who is a registered 3-Day walker.
3. Can men participate in Young Women Walking?
Yes. Men between the ages of 16-23 are welcome to join.
4. Can Young Women Walking form or join a 3-Day team?
Yes. Young Women Walking can form or join a team with other Young Women Walking, or with a mix of 3-Day walkers or crew members, if you wish.
5. If I already registered as a 3-Day walker or crew member, may I switch to the Young Women Walking program?
If you are between 16-23 years of age, you may switch to Young Women Walking. Contact us at 800-996-3DAY to make the switch. You will not be required to pay an additional registration fee, but we are unable to refund the difference between the registration fee you already paid and the $40 Young Women Walking registration fee.
6. If I register for the Young Women Walking, may I later switch to being a 3-Day walker and participate in all three days of the event?
Yes. Contact us at 800-996-3DAY to make the switch. You will be required to pay the difference between the Young Women Walking registration fee and the walker registration fee, as well as raise at least $2,300 in order to participate.
7. How can I register for the 2013 Young Women Walking program?
Register online here, call 800-996-3DAY or print a registration form to mail in.
8. How can I register for the 2014 Young Women Walking program?
Join our email list to be notified when registration opens for Young Women Walking for 2014.
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- How do I find a participant's personal fundraising webpage?
- Why is the “Donate” search not finding a participant that I know has registered?
- Why is the "Donate" search returning more than one listing for a participant?
- I am using a Mac and having technical difficulties with this website.
- Is it secure to enter my credit card information on the 3-Day website?
1. How do I find a participant's personal fundraising webpage?
Click on Donate and search by their first or last name.
2. Why is the “Donate” search not finding a participant that I know has registered?
Try entering just the first few letters of the participant's name. If you have a problem locating a participant that you are sure has registered, please call a coach at 800-996-3DAY.
3. Why is the "Donate" search returning more than one listing for a participant?
A participant has separate fundraising accounts for each 3-Day event they are registered for. So if someone is registered for more than one 3-Day, all of their fundraising accounts will be listed in the participant search.
4. I am using a Mac and having technical difficulties with this website.
The platform on which this website is built, Convio, does not support the Safari browser. If you are navigating this site with a Mac, please download Mozilla Firefox.
5. Is it secure to enter my credit card information on the 3-Day website?
Yes. We use industry accepted encryption for transmission of credit card information to ensure we keep your information secure, accurate, current and complete. We do not store credit card information in our system, which means it cannot be stolen from us. Our website's donation processing capabilities authorize credit cards in real time, and then immediately discard the card number. Follow-up transactions, including refunds or monthly donations, are processed using one-time reference codes that are tied to the nonprofit's account and useless to a hacker. Card numbers are only stored by the payment gateway, or the system that manages transactions and connects the Internet to banking networks, whose systems are highly secure.
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- Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?
- If I can't participate in the event, what happens to the donations that I have raised?
- What if I haven’t met my fundraising minimum in time to check in for the 3-Day?
- How does Susan G. Komen™ utilize the contributions?
- Where should I mail donation checks?
- Who should I make my check out to?
- Are donations tax-deductible?
- Are registration fees tax-deductible?
- Can the 3-Day accept international donations?
- For international donations made online with a credit card, will the amount entered in the 3-Day online donation form be in U.S. dollars?
- Can a donor give stock as a donation?
- Do all donors receive a receipt?
- What is a matching gift and how do I apply for one?
1. Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?
No. Your registration fee does not apply towards your fundraising minimum, nor is it tax-deductible.
2. If I can't participate in the event, what happens to the donations that I have raised?
All donations submitted to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day are non-transferable and non-refundable. If you are unable to participate in the event, your donations cannot be refunded nor can they be transferred to another participant. Your donations will go directly to the cause as if you had participated, and we hope your donors will appreciate supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® regardless of your participation in the actual event. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the 3-Day fund national research and large public health outreach programs. The remaining 25 percent funds local community and Affiliate outreach programs.
3. What if I haven’t met my fundraising minimum in time to check in for the 3-Day®?
If you haven’t raised at least $2,300 yet, you can still complete online check-in. You will need to have at least $2,300 in your fundraising account in order to receive your official 3-Day credential and participate in the event.
4. How does Komen utilize the contributions?
Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the 3-Day fund national research and large public health outreach programs. The remaining 25 percent funds local community and Affiliate outreach programs. Virtually major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 30 years has been impacted by a Susan G. Komen for the Cure® grant. For more information about Komen, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.Komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
Click here to download a copy of the 3-Day Report Card: Our Commitment to Action & Return to Charity Information.
Komen Grants Around the World
5. Where should I mail donation checks?
All donation checks must be attached to a donation form and should be mailed to the address listed on the donation form, Susan G. Komen 3-Day, P.O. Box 660843 Dallas, TX 75266-0843. All donation checks must be accompanied by a donation form.
6. Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to: Susan G. Komen 3-Day.
7. Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes. All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
8. Are registration fees tax-deductible?
No. Registration fees are not tax-deductible.
9. Can the 3-Day accept international donations?
Yes. The 3-Day can accept international donations online with a credit card. International donations cannot be accepted through any other method because of processing complications.
10. For international donations made online with a credit card, will the amount entered in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day online donation form be in U.S. dollars?
Yes. For international donations made online with a credit card, the amount entered in the 3-Day online donation form will be in U.S. dollars.
11. Can a donor give stock as a donation?
Yes. The 3-Day accepts donations of stock. Stock donations must be $500 or more in fair market value and publicly traded. For donations of stock with an active market, the fair market value is the average price between highest and lowest selling price on the valuation date. No fees are deducted from the calculation of fair market value. To make a donation of stock to the 3-Day please contact 800-996-3DAY (800-996-3329).
12. Do all donors receive a receipt?
Yes, anyone who donates, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt if they provide a valid email address. For those who donate online, the receipt is generated directly after the donation is made and donors can print that receipt for tax purposes or personal records. For those who mail in a donation and provide a valid email address, the receipt is generated once the donation has been processed and is emailed to the donor. Those who donate $250 or more and do not have an email address will receive a copy of the receipt in the mail.
13. What is a matching gift and how do I apply for one?
Many companies (both large and small) offer employee matching gift programs. This means that when an employee makes a donation to a cause or non-profit organization, the corporation will “match” that donation with an equal (or greater) amount to the same group. For more information about matching gift, visit the Matching Gifts page.
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- How do I join or form a team?
- Can team members share or split donations?
- How many people can make up a team?
- What is the fundraising minimum for a team?
- What is the registration fee for a team?
1. How do I join or form a team?
If you haven't registered as a walker or crew member for the 3-Day yet, you may register online and select “Start a Team” or "Join a Team." To start a team, create your team name and fundraising goal and you’ll be designated as the captain. To join a team, search for the name of the team you want to join and select it. Or call 800-996-3DAY to register and indicate that you would like to join a team. Let us know the team name, and one of our coaches will be happy to get you started.
If you've decided to join or form a team after you've already registered, please submit the Team Request Form.
2. Can team members share or split donations?
Each team member is required to raise her or his minimum fundraising requirement. For the sake of the cause, we hope each team member will raise even more! The purpose of a team is to support each individual in doing more, not less, than they could do on their own.
3. How many people can make up a team?
Teams can be as small as two members and as big as you can imagine! You and a friend can register as a team and then inspire others to join you. Once you register as a team captain, we will send you a team captain handbook full of advice on how to expand and support your team.
4. What is the fundraising minimum for a team?
Each team member (who is a walker) is responsible for their own $2,300 fundraising minimum requirement. While the team can set a bigger group goal, there is no minimum requirement for a team other than the individual $2,300 requirement.
5. What is the registration fee for a team?
There is no registration fee per team, other than the individual $90 registration fee for each participant.
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