Event Experience Details

Young Women Walking
Before You Walk – Register for Bank of America 3-Day Connections
All-Crew Meeting
Day One
The Route
Meals and Snacks
Alcohol Restrictions
Cheering Stations
Camp Life
Day Three
Watch the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Experience video
View a Map of the Route

Young Women Walking
If you are registered as part of the Young Women Walking program, you’ll notice that much of this information – particularly details about the Friday and Sunday of the 3-Day event – will not apply to you. However, we encourage you to read it over anyway to give you a full picture of the 3-Day experience.

Meet at the Young Women Walking tent in the 3-Day camp (Our Lady of Guadalupe/Maryville Academy, 1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016), no later than 6:15 a.m. There you will check in, get your special YW2 bag and connect with the other YW2 participants. After checking in at the Young Women Walking tent, enjoy a hot breakfast in the dining tent, served between 5:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. The route will open at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday.

If you are staying at the hotel under the 3-Day rate, you can take the 3-Day shuttle to the route on Saturday morning, and back to the hotel on Saturday night. If you are driving yourself, you will be directed to the designated parking area upon arrival at camp.

The route will close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, but you are invited to stay at the 3-Day camp to enjoy dinner, a “pink carpet” photo op, special “pink pizzazz” refreshments in the Young Women Walking tent, and other fun activities. The festivities will wrap up at 9:00 p.m., when it’s lights out at camp.

You are welcome to join us on Sunday at the Closing Ceremony at Soldier Field at 4:30 p.m., or at the cheering stations along the route. Or you can support the 3-Day as a volunteer on Sunday. Click here to register to volunteer (please note that volunteers will be working during the Closing Ceremony and will not be able to see the ceremony.)


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 3-Day assumes no liability for replacement of lost items.

Packing Checklist – Walker
Packing Checklist – Crew
Packing Checklist – Young Women Walking

Here are a few miscellaneous items that many people forget:

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 waist pack while you’re on the route:

Do Not Bring:

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.

Before You Walk – Register for Bank of America 3-Day Connections
Keep your friends, family and followers updated on social media as you walk! Enhanced for 2013, register now for Bank of America 3-Day Connections™, a social media program designed to keep your supporters current on your progress during the 3-Day. As you reach daily milestones during the 3-Day, Bank of America 3-Day Connections will automatically post a personalized message to Facebook and/or Twitter on your behalf. The tag does not track time or distance walked. It is just a fun way for you to stay connected with your supporters.

Register now for Bank of America 3-Day Connections and your personalized tag will be available for pick-up Friday morning before the Opening Ceremony, or at the Bank of America tent at camp. Online registration will be available until 5:00 p.m. ET on August 7.

All-Crew Meeting
All crew members must attend the All-Crew Meeting on Thursday at Northbrook Court. 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:

Day One: Friday
Opening Ceremony
Northbrook Court Shopping Center
2171 Northbrook Court
Northbrook, IL 60062
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Here’s the play-by-play of how the day will go.

Follow this link to view driving and parking directions. Note: If exiting Lake Cook Road off 294, be aware that there is some road construction that has parts of Lake Cook Road down to one lane. Be sure to give yourself extra time in the morning.

The Route
Our 3-Day staff works diligently to create an ideal route that is both safe and scenic. The route is well marked with arrows and instructional signage; simply follow the signs and the walkers in front of you!

The route will open around 7:00 a.m. and close around 7:00 p.m., other conditions permitting. 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.

Here's a general description of what you will experience along the way:

Friday: Approximately 21.3 miles
The Chicago 3-Day will begin with an inspirational Opening Ceremony at Northbrook Court Shopping Center. From there, we'll make our way into the Chicago Botanic Gardens, continuing on through numerous picturesque northern communities of the greater Chicago area including Glencoe and Winnetka, with views of Lake Michigan along the way. After lunch in Northfield, the latter part of the day will be interspersed with great parks as we make our way through Glenview and into camp, 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 meander through various neighborhoods northwest of Chicago, including Des Plaines, Mt. Prospect and Arlington Heights. Then it's back to camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun. 

Sunday: Approximately 16.5 miles
The final day of our journey will begin with a bus ride from camp, as we travel from Lincolnwood into the city of Chicago. Lake Michigan and the many parks along its shores will provide a beautiful setting. Passing through Lincoln Park and along the waterfront we will encounter such landmarks as Navy Pier, the Buckingham Fountain, Shedd Aquarium and more. Then it's off to Soldier Field, where our long, beautiful weekend will end with a celebratory Closing Ceremony.

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.

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 via the Lunch & Camp Shuttle 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 Lunch & Camp Shuttle. If you board a Lunch & Camp Shuttle prior to lunch you will be taken directly to lunch. If you board a Lunch & Camp Shuttle 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 drink provided (you must bring your own water bottle to fill). 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 Monitor   Safety monitors will be present on the route to help enforce safe walking practices. These are walkers – just like you! – who have volunteered to help keep everyone safe. You will be able to identify them by their distinctive orange safety monitor badges. 

Alcohol Restrictions
The 3-Day and all of the cities we travel through work together to help create a safe and enjoyable experience for 3-Day participants and supporters. As the 3-Day route is on public property, it is subject to local laws. Local jurisdictions will be enforcing open-liquor laws in neighborhoods along the route and in camp. While local officials understand and respect the cause for our celebration, we ask that you and your supporters help keep the 3-Day a family-friendly event and alcohol-free. The safety of our participants is our number one concern and the consumption of alcohol at any time during the 3-Day is not recommended.

Cheering Stations
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, August 9

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Northbrook Court Shopping Center
2171 Northbrook Court
Northbrook, IL 60062

Mile 9.0     
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  
Sheridan Road & Elder Lane
Winnetka, IL 60093

Mile 17.2   
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
Flick Park
3600 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025

Saturday, August 10

Mile 4.2
8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
590 Beau Drive
Des Plaines, IL 60016
between Millers Road and Kathleen Drive (just east of Elmhurst Road)

Mile 16.7   
11:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.  
Woodland Trails Park
1500 E. Euclid Avenue
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Sunday, August 11

Mile 8.0   
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Lincoln Park
Just north of Belmont Harbor at W. Addison Drive
Chicago, IL 60613    
near Clock Tower

Mile 11.1   
10:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.  
Lincoln Park
Just south of Lincoln Park Zoo along Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony
Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Camp Life
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.

Friday night, you’ll enjoy the 3-Day camp show, Trinity Irish Dancers and the Midwest Dance Collective with your fellow participants.

Then Saturday night (4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.), get together with your friends and family (That’s right! You can invite your family to join you in camp on Saturday this year!) for a big party. We’ll have games and entertainment for adults and kids and a performance by the Darryl Markette Band. Dinner at camp is for participants only, and seating and snacks for visitors will be limited, so please remind your friends and family to bring a picnic dinner and blanket.

Parking for friends and family visiting Saturday night will be available at Our Lady of Guadalupe/Maryville Academy, 1150 N. River Road, Des Plaines 60016. Visitors should enter and exit off the N. River Road Entrance/Exit. It is strongly advised for everyone’s safety that you arrive to the camp entrance from the north, allowing you to make a right hand turn into camp. Traffic on N. River Road is very busy, and making a left hand turn into our campsite can create traffic congestion. Follow directions from the traffic team to parking at the campsite. All visitors must depart camp by 8:30 p.m.

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., 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 5:00 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 4:30 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. Afternoon camp opens at 12:00 p.m.

On Day 3, breakfast will open at 5:00 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 4:30 a.m.). All camp services will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on a bus to the route by 7:15 a.m.

Merchandise Sales: Make sure to gear up before you go to the 3-Day this year. Visit Shop3Day.com and enter Sale Code SHIP50 to get free shipping on orders over $50. Also, visit the local New Balance retailer on Main Street in camp (both Friday and Saturday) to shop for your favorite New Balance apparel and accessories. Only Shop3Day.com 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 take the first step toward registering for the 2014 3-Day.

If you meet any of the following criteria, please stop by the 3-Day Lounge to pick up the legacy pins you have earned:
Team Captain
Training Walk Leader
Top Individual Fundraiser
Raised $3,000+
Raised $5,000+
Raised $10,000+
Raised $15,000+
Raised $20,000+
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.

If you are being dropped off or picked up at camp, please instruct the driver to follow the signs into camp to do so. Do not arrange to be dropped off or picked up on the neighboring streets.

Kindness Rocks
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.

Day Three: Sunday
On the third day of the event, we’ll gather together in the Participant Finish Area by 4:00 p.m. and line up for our final Victory Walk. The Participant Finish 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 can 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:
Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

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.

The Participant Finish Area is closed to spectators. If you wish to meet with friends and family before the Ceremony begins, please exit the Participant Finish Area and join them at the Closing Ceremony. Just remember to return to the Participant Finish Area no later than 4:00 p.m. to join the victory walk.

Parking is available for $20.00 per car in the Waldron Parking Deck on 18th St.

Public Transportation:
The RTA Travel Information Center provides scheduling information for all CTA, Metra and PACE services. For information, please call 312-836-7000 or visit http://www.rtachicago.com/.