Dallas/Fort WorthNovember 6-8, 2015


The 2015 Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day began with a beautiful sunrise over our Opening Ceremony at the Collin Creek Mall in Plano. We set out walking through Plano, and within a few miles, passed an elementary school where literally hundreds of students were out to cheer us on. Soon, the route headed south into Richardson and pit stop 2, where the theme was “Wish for the Cure,” complete with magic lamps and “flying” carpets. Even early in the day, it was clear that the Dallas/Fort Worth community would be a huge part of our weekend; we rarely went more than a few blocks without hitting a private cheering station, school, or even just neighbors outside their houses cheering us on.

Dallas/Fort Worth is “Komen Kountry,” and some of the most amazing cheering stations we saw all weekend were the ones put on by Komen; they rolled out the pink carpet and had special goodies for us on each of the three days. We enjoyed lunch at Valley View Park, and met up with another public cheering station just on the other side. The second half of Day 1’s route took us through some very pretty spots, over bridges and through woods. At Churchill Park, we stopped to snap pics with all the metal figures that populate the park. Soon, it was through pit stop 4 and into camp at Brookhaven College, our home away from home for the weekend.

On Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early, ready to hit the trail again for another great day of walking. Day 2’s route was full of new twists and turns with an almost entirely new route. Cloudy skies soon opened up with some morning rain as we weaved through the neighborhoods of Farmers Branch. Even with the rain, there were cheering stations a’plenty on Beltline Road, leading into a pit stop in Addison Circle. We faced a long stretch between pit stop 2 and lunch, but a huge public cheering station just before lunch helped push us that last little way. By the time we reached lunch at Campbell Green Recreation Center, the rain had stopped and we enjoyed the great park with a wide trail. A “paw-some” cheering station set up by Lone Star Puppy Raisers greeted us after lunch with almost a dozen four-legged friends. From there, the route went through Far North Dallas, then wrapped up down Vitruvian Way, where (not surprisingly) people continued cheering us in all the way back into camp.

Sunday started with a short bus ride from camp, and we were dropped off at Walnut Hill Recreation Center to begin Day 3’s route. We got in a few good miles through some scenic residential Dallas neighborhoods before hitting pit stop 1. From there, we trekked through beautiful Park Cities, finding yet another public cheer station in Curtis Park, then walked around Goar Park. We spent time on Lakeside Drive next to Exall Lake, a great photo op. Pit stop 2 was at Cole Park, then we circled around Turtle Creek before arriving at Reverchon Park for a gorgeous and shady lunch spot. From there, it was up to the Katy Trail and into the home stretch past the American Airlines HQ, Victory Park, the West End Marketplace and another big cheering station. The route passed Dealey Plaza (with the Book Depository and the “grassy knoll”), an important location in American history. Numerous iconic photo stops dotted the last five miles of the route: the big red courthouse, the red Mobil Pegasus statue, and the bronze cattle drive statues leading up to city Hall and pit stop 3. Main Street Garden Park and Deep Ellum were the last couple of sights before we were routed into Fair Park for a celebratory Closing Ceremony with our family and friends. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.

Thanks to your passion, courage and hard work, we’ve added another 2.8 million dollars to the total of $800 million raised to date! The money we raised will help Susan G. Komen® save lives. This is our promise:
We walk because we must.
We are strong because the journey demands it.
Together in body and united in spirit, we lay down our footsteps for this generation and the next.
This is our promise: a world without breast cancer!

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