Washington, D.C.

The 2013 Susan G. Komen Washington, D.C. 3-Day kicked off in high spirits amid rain showers at the Westfield Wheaton Mall. Despite the chill in the air, we gathered to stretch, Zumba, and cheer for the Opening Ceremony. Breast cancer survivors and those who walked for family and friends held flags high and led the crowd onto the streets of Wheaton. Rain came and went during the day as we walked 20.9 miles through the neighborhoods of Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and finally Washington, D.C. The cheering stations at Lincoln Square and downtown Bethesda gave us an extra boost to keep us going. Several private small groups braved the rain to cheer us on, which was really incredible and inspiring, considering the drenching weather. We entered the DC Armory triumphantly, and after dinner, we enjoyed a camp show with a recap of the day, a tribute to John Shinar, who is walking all 14 events in 2013, and a recognition of the top fundraisers. Ron Reinhart gave a touching survivor story about male breast cancer.

We arose early for breakfast as the 17-mile route opened onto the streets of Washington, D.C., Arlington and the Georgetown area. Despite more rain, we marched confidently on through the course, enjoying the cheering stations and community support. A pink firefighter with a waterworks display from a firefighting ship appeared on the river shortly after pit stop 1. Upon our return to camp,we enjoyed dinner and talks from Kimberly Bruce, a co-survivor, and Lindsay Ruland, a young survivor. We slept soundly at the DC Armory after finishing another leg of our journey.  

Sunday's 16.9-mile course remained mostly dry as we looped through neighborhoods around the Capitol and the Mall in Washington D.C. Private cheering stations dotted the route, especially on the last four miles of the course. Friends and families parked cars along neighborhood streets, passing out water and treats, and even making large chalk drawings on the sidewalks. The government shutdown may have moved our Closing Ceremony, but it didn't stop us from celebrating! We gathered at RFK Stadium with heightened emotion after a particularly demanding Komen 3-Day event. Together, we raised $2.7 million to help end breast cancer!

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