Meals and Snacks
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Your gear bag should weigh no more than 35 pounds (including your sleeping bag). Easily toted bags with wheels and outside pockets are the best choice. To protect your sleeping bag, we recommend that you pack it inside of your gear bag. If that is not possible, you can strap your sleeping bag and padding to the outside of the bag, but please don’t use bungee cords, which can snap and injure crew members. Please avoid bringing any valuables with you. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day™ assumes no liability for replacement of lost items.
Complete Packing Checklist – Walker
Complete Packing Checklist – Crew
Here are a few miscellaneous items that many people forget:
- Water bottle
- Reusable cup or plastic mug for camp
- Battery operated alarm clock and watch
- Camera (We recommend a disposable camera. Don't forget to write your name on it!)
- Tent decorations (The winner of the 3-Day® tent decorating competition will take home a special legacy pin.)
- Journal and pens
- Sweat-proof sunscreen
- Extra shoes or flip-flops for wearing at camp and after the event
We will provide water and sports drink in large dispensers, not in individual bottles, so you must bring your own water bottle. To help keep you cool, there will be “dunking stations” at the pit stops to dip your bandana, if you brought one. You can then wear your icy-cold bandana around your neck while walking to stay cool.
The following items should be carried with you in a waistpack while you’re on the route:
- Water bottle
- Money and credit cards
- Socks (to change into a fresh pair at the lunch stop)
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Rain poncho
- Small First Aid kit
- Wet wipes for hand washing along the route
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent (that contains DEET)
Do Not Bring:
- Camp chairs, tent stakes, cots or anything that could pierce the camp ground
- Anything that requires electricity (e.g., hair dryer); There will be limited availability to phone charging stations at camp on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your charging cord with you.
If you haven’t already, please subscribe to 3-Day Text Alerts. In case we need to announce important information during the event, 3-Day Text Alerts will be the best way for you to get the information you need quickly, so if you are planning on having your cell phone with you on the 3-Day, we recommend that you subscribe. Also, if you have a smart phone, follow the 3-Day on Twitter @the3day or post your own updates using the hashtag #the3day.
All crew members must attend the All-Crew Meeting on Thursday at Crossroads Park in Gilbert. The meeting will last approximately five hours. Your crew assignment and check-in status will determine your exact individual arrival time, which will be provided by your Crew Team Captain. Please bring:
- Water bottle
- Printed credential
- Driver's license
- Rain gear
- A great attitude!
Here’s the play-by-play of how the day will go.
- Wear a 3-Day T-shirt, if you have one. Let’s show the world we stand united against breast cancer as we head out into our community.
- Dress in layers you can easily stash in your waistpack as the day warms up.
- Bring your credential to the event (along with a plastic sleeve and lanyard, if you have one).
- Eat breakfast before you arrive. We will not be serving breakfast on Friday morning.
- We will not be accepting donations on the event, so please mail any donations you have collected before you leave for the event.
- 4:30 a.m.: Crew members should arrive.
- 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.: Walkers should arrive.
- If you have completed online check-in but do not see a link to print your credential on your check-in confirmation webpage, go straight to Will Call in the Late Check-In tent.
- Bring your luggage to the gear truck that corresponds to the Tent Assignment that appears on your credential (e.g., if your Tent Assignment is B13, bring your luggage to gear truck B), then proceed to the stage. Be sure to write your Tent Assignment on your luggage tag.
- This year Bank of America will be providing a “Smart Card” to help your friends and family track you along the route. The Smart Card will automatically trigger posts to your Facebook page as you hit key spots along the route, including the start, lunch and finish each day. Pick up your card and register it on site at the Opening Ceremony Friday morning, or in the Bank of America tent throughout the weekend.
- Before the Opening Ceremony, take a moment to write the names of the loved ones you may have lost to breast cancer on the white ribbons we will use to create the memorial flag.
- 6:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony begins with community stretching.
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The route is well marked with arrows and instructional signage; simply follow the signs and the walkers in front of you! Here's a general description of what you will experience along the way:
Friday: Approximately 19.1 miles
The Arizona 3-Day will begin with an inspirational Opening Ceremony at Crossroads Park in Gilbert. The route will head west, winding through charming downtown Chandler. We will enjoy breathtaking views of South Mountain in the distance before before arriving at camp in Tempe, our home away from home for the weekend.
Saturday: Approximately 20 miles
On Saturday morning, we'll rise and shine, ready to hit the trail. We will be walking through scenic Ahwatukee neighborhoods. We’ll walk in and around South Mountain - experiencing the spectacular desert landscape. Along the route, we’ll enjoy diverse neighborhoods, trails and landscape. Then it's back to camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun.
Sunday: Approximately 16 miles
The final day of our journey begins as we head north past Arizona State University into lively downtown Tempe. The route will travel along the river, through Papago Park and into the quaint Fifth Avenue Shopping District. The day will end in historic Old Town Scottsdale and a celebratory Closing Ceremony at Scottsdale Stadium.
Our 3-Day staff works diligently to create an ideal route that is both safe and scenic. Exact mileage per event varies according to a number of factors along the route such as pit stops, camp, as well as Opening and Closing site locations. The amount of daylight hours also impacts the total event mileage as it dictates the amount of time the route can be kept open safely.
On some portions of the route you may find some areas that are deemed “quiet zones” which will be indicated by signage on the route. Please by respectful of the neighborhoods and communities we walk through during this time to help ensure we are invited back.
The route will open around 7:00 a.m. and close around 5:30 p.m., other conditions permitting. Every 3-4 miles along the way, you’ll find a pit stop or grab & go. A grab & go offers portable toilets, water and sports drinks. Pit stops are larger and include all the services of a grab & go as well as snacks and medical crew. We suggest the following guidelines for breaks: 10-15 minutes at each stop, and 30 minutes at lunch, depending on your pace.
All pit stops have designated opening and closing hours, timed to keep you moving along the route at a reasonable and safe pace. If you reach a pit stop before it opens, you will be asked to stop and wait. If you reach a pit stop after it closes, you will be transported to the lunch stop (or camp, if you have already passed the lunch stop).
If you are out on the route and unable to continue walking, a 3-Day van can transport you to the next pit stop. We call these "sweep vans" because they "sweep" the route. Sweep vans do not pick up from pit stops and do not drop off at grab & gos. If you are at a pit stop and unable to continue walking, get on a SAG ("Support And Gear") bus. If you board a SAG bus prior to lunch you will be taken directly to lunch. If you board a SAG bus after lunch, you will be taken directly to camp.
Please be courteous and follow instructions of safety monitors, crew and staff at all times. They are here to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. Abusive behavior towards fellow participants, crew and staff will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Meals and Snacks
At each pit stop there will be an assortment of snacks including oranges, bananas, potato chips, carrots, peanuts, pretzels and much more. To drink, there will be water and sports drinks provided (you must bring your own water bottle to fill). The sports drink served on the event will be Nuun, in tri-berry, lemon+lime and strawberry lemonade flavors. About halfway through each day’s mileage, you will have a nutritious lunch. Each morning and evening at camp you will enjoy a hot catered meal.
You should be drinking about 4-5 oz. of fluid per mile while on the event. Drink a bottle of water AND a bottle of sports drink between each pit stop to maintain your sodium levels. Re-read the information on nutrition and hydration on the Training page. This will help you to know the symptoms of dehydration and hyponatremia to watch for in your body. Please note: you must bring your own water bottle on the event. We will not be providing individual bottles of water, but will provide water to refill your own. Please assist us in making our event gentler on the environment.
Stretch! Make sure you stretch five minutes every hour. It’s an easy way to stay injury-free and comfortable on the route. Visit the Training page for more information on stretching.
Safety monitors will be present on the route to help enforce safe walking practices. Keep an eye out for these walkers, identifiable by their distinctive orange safety monitor badges.
Please discourage your family and friends from driving along the route, as it can create a safety hazard. Instead, encourage them to show their support at a Cheering Station. The following Cheering Stations are safe, recommended places for your supporters to cheer you on along the route.
Friday, November 9
9:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Arizona Avenue between E. Boston Street & E. Buffalo Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Safeway Parking Lot
S.W. Corner of E. Elliot Road & S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
Saturday, November 10
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ahwatukee Palms Shopping Center
S.E. Corner of E. Warner & S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 95044
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
New Life Church
11832 S. Warner Elliott Loop
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Sunday, November 11
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Mill Street between 5th Street and 3rd Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
11:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5th Avenue Shops
5th Avenue between Indian School Road & N. Craftsman Court
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
At the end of the day, you’ll be spending the night with your fellow walkers and crew members at your home away from home - the 3-Day camp. Our team has been working for months to find a great campsite for you and your fellow participants so that you can enjoy a hot meal, a hot shower, medical care and a place to rest, share stories and be entertained.
For security concerns and because of parking and space limitations, our camp is not designed to accommodate family and friends. We ask that you adhere to a “no visitors in camp” rule. Enjoy the 3-Day community and experience! It will make reuniting with your family and friends on Sunday at the Closing Ceremony even better. If you have a special reason for needing to meet someone while at the 3-Day campsite, please contact us at 800-996-3DAY before the event. There are no personal vehicles allowed at camp.
Camp Recycling: On average, the 3-Day creates approximately 600 cubic yards of trash of which roughly 30% has been recycled in the past. We’re asking for your help in making pink the new green by making our recycling more effective. Please make sure your garbage, food waste and recyclables are placed in the proper containers. Also, if you bring along items that you plan to dispose of after the event, please take those items home to throw out - don't leave them behind for the crew members to haul away. Thanks for joining us in this effort!
Camp Hours: Camp opens at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, and all camp services (except dinner) are available from 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner is served from 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. “Lights out” in camp is at 9:00 p.m. By then you’ll be plenty tired and you’ll want to get enough rest for the next morning! Please, no radios, cell phone chatter or excessive noise after 9:00 p.m.
On Day 2, breakfast will open at 5:30 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 5:00 a.m.). All camp services will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on the route by 8:30 a.m. Afternoon camp opens at 12:00 p.m.
On Day 3, breakfast will open at 5:30 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 5:00 a.m.). All camp services will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on the route by 7:45 a.m.
There are no personal vehicles allowed at camp.
3-Day Merchandise at camp: Shop3Day.com® will be at camp if you wish to purchase 3-Day merchandise. Not all items currently available at Shop3Day.com will be on-site for purchase at camp.
New Balance will have merchandise for sale on Friday in camp only.
Other Merchandise Sales: Only Shop3Day.com, affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and national sponsors with written agreements in place will be permitted to sell merchandise on the 3-Day event. No other individuals or organizations may sell merchandise at the 3-Day campsites, ceremony sites, pit stops or any other location for which the 3-Day has obtained a permit.
3-Day Lounge: Kick back, relax and put your tired feet up at the 3-Day Lounge. Enjoy snacks while socializing with your new friends, spend some quiet time with a magazine, take a picture with your 3-Day friends or check the 3-Day Post Office to see if you’ve received mail from a loved one at home. The 3-Day Lounge is a great place to pick up your legacy pins and save your spot for 2013.
If you meet any of the following criteria, please stop by the 3-Day Lounge to pick up the legacy pins you have earned:
Training Walk Leader
Top Individual Fundraiser
Crew Member Raised $500+
Participated in the 3-Day for 5 years or more
Participated in the 3-Day for 10 years or more
Top Fundraising Team - overall (team captain should pick up)
Largest Team (team captain should pick up)
Walker Power Team
Crew Power Team
(Walker and Crew legacy pins can be picked up at the Opening Ceremony and All-Crew Meeting, respectively.)
Leaving Camp: When you arrive at camp each afternoon, the Check-In team will scan the bar code on your credential to indicate that you have checked in to camp. If you plan to leave camp for the evening, please check out at either the pink Information Tent at the front of camp or the 3-Day Lounge Information Table. When you return to camp in the morning, we will scan you back in as you step onto the route for the day. If you plan to leave the event permanently, please check out with the Support Services team at the Command Center.
One of the great things about the 3-Day is the spirit of kindness that we create for three days while on the event. It's like living in a bubble - the world the way we wish it would be. It's a world where every walker, from the first to the last, gets a cheer as she or he enters camp. Where a stranger may help you set up your tent, or carry your bag. Where a long line to wait in becomes another opportunity to make a great new friend. One of the most popular phrases around the 3-Day is “No whining!” So carry on that legacy of kindness. Be kind, smile, and lend a hand when you see someone who needs it.
On the third day of the event, we’ll gather together in what we call the "Holding Area" by 4:00 p.m. and line up for our final Victory Walk. The Holding Area is where you will receive your victory shirt, cheer on your fellow walkers and crew members, and reflect on your experience together before the inspiring victory walk into the Closing Ceremony. This space is just for participants - please tell your friends and family to meet you at the Closing Ceremony site.
Your gear bag will be available to be picked up at the Closing Ceremony. If you would like a loved one to pick up your gear bag for you, please print out your event check-in confirmation page and give it to them before the event. (A link to your confirmation page can be found on your Participant Center home page if you have completed online check-in.) They must present a copy of this in order to claim your bag.
The Closing Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at:
7409 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Your friends, family and supporters should arrive at the Closing Ceremony site at least one hour early to secure a space by the stage that will give them the best view of the program. They should be prepared for traffic congestion at the site, both before and after the ceremony. Please remind your friends and family that pets are not allowed inside the Stadium.
The Participant Holding Area is closed to spectators. If you wish to meet with friends and family before the Ceremony begins, please exit the Holding Area and join them at the Closing Ceremony. Just remember to return to the Holding Area no later than 4:00 p.m. to join the victory walk.
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