Event Experience Details
If you are registered as part of the Young Women Walking program, you’ll notice that much of this information – particularly details about Friday and Sunday of the Susan G. Komen 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 Komen 3-Day experience.
Check in at the Young Women Walking tent in the 3-Day® camp at the Suburban Collection Showplace (46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374) at 6:30 a.m., even if you've already gone through online check-in. The route will open at 7:00 a.m. Enjoy a hot breakfast in the dining tent, served between 5:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. All walkers must be on the route by 7:30 a.m.
If you are staying at the hotel under the 3-Day rate, you can take the 3-Day shuttle to camp on Saturday morning, and back to the hotel on Saturday night. If you are not staying at the host hotel, parking is available at the Suburban Collection Showplace.
The route will close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, but you are invited to stay at the 3-Day camp to pick up your Victory T-shirt in the Command Center, enjoy dinner and some other fun activities, including special drinks and a photo op in the 3-Day Lounge. 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 Ford World Headquarters at 4:30 p.m. in your Victory T-shirt. 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 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.
Here are a few miscellaneous items that many people forget:
- Reusable cup or plastic mug for camp
- Battery operated alarm clock and watch
- Tent decorations (The winner of the 3-Day tent decorating competition will take home a special legacy pin.)
- Journal and pens
- Sweat-proof sunscreen
- Hat, visor or bandana
- Extra shoes or flip-flops for wearing at camp and after the event
- Pink Ribbon Banking card (show it at the Bank of America Extra Mile hospitality area in camp to receive extra pampering, including a hands-on massage)
- Sleeping pad (camp will be indoors)
The following items should be carried with you while you’re on the route:
- Water bottle - We will provide water and sports drink in large dispensers, not in individual bottles, so you must bring your own water bottle. Wide-mouth bottles will be easier to refill.
- Identification, including your event credential
- Money, credit card, medical insurance card
- 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
- Insect repellent
- Snacks if you have special medical or dietary needs
Do Not Bring:
- Electric devices. There will be limited availability to phone charging stations and electrical outlets at camp on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your charging cord with you. There will also be a few hairdryers available in the shower area for your use.
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. Additionally, if you subscribe to text alerts, you’ll receive a link to the next day’s online route card each night.
Also, follow the 3-Day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and post your own updates and photos using the hashtag #The3Day and #MI3DAY. Contribute to our themed photo challenge and you could be featured on our Instagram.
All crew members must attend the All-Crew Kick-Off on Thursday at the Suburban Collection Showplace. The All-Crew Kick-Off will last approximately two hours, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Select crew teams will need to arrive earlier on Thursday to begin their crew responsibilities or help with set-up and check-in for the All-Crew Kick-Off. Please contact your Crew Captain to confirm your scheduled arrival time before finalizing your travel plans. Please bring:
- Water bottle
- Printed credential
- Driver's license
- Rain gear, if the forecast calls for rain
- 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 waist pack 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.
- 5:00 a.m.: Crew members should arrive.
- 5:30 a.m. - 6:30 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 3-Day Reprints 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.
- 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 memorial flag.
- If you signed up for Bank of America® 3-Day Connections™, pick up your tag at the Bank of America tent.
- 7:00 a.m.: Opening Ceremony begins with community stretching.
- If you are walking by yourself, you can meet up with other solo walkers at the “A World Without Breast Cancer” banner after the Opening Ceremony. Check our Facebook page on Thursday for the exact location.
The route is well marked with arrows and instructional signage so all you need to do is follow the signs and the walkers in front of you!
The route will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m., other conditions permitting. Exact mileage per event varies according to a number of factors 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 22 miles
The Michigan 3-Day will begin with an inspirational Opening Ceremony at Suburban Collection Showplace. From there, we'll head east through Novi and into Farmington Hills. The route will travel through quaint downtown Farmington and we'll stop for lunch at Shiawassee Park. We will walk through historic neighborhoods of Farmington and Farmington Hills in the afternoon along nature trails. We’ll pass through the civic heart of Novi before returning to camp, our home away from home for the weekend.
Saturday: Approximately 22 miles
On Saturday morning, we'll rise and shine, ready to hit the trail. The route will return to some of the familiar favorites of the past - Plymouth, Livonia and Northville. We’ll walk through beautiful wooded trails in Hines Park and enjoy the fantastic support of these great communities along the way. Then it's back to camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun.
Sunday: Approximately 16 miles
The final day of our journey will begin with a short bus ride to the route. Then we will walk through the welcoming neighborhoods of Livonia. We'll continue through Hines Park and into Dearborn. Then it's off to a Detroit icon, Ford World Headquarters, 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. It may not depart immediately, so please wait patiently until its scheduled departure time.
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.
At each pit stop there will be an assortment of snacks including oranges, bananas, potato chips, carrots, peanuts, pretzels and more (as supplies last). 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.
Friday night we'll have an Italian pasta dinner, and Saturday night's meal will be BBQ chicken (or black bean burger) with mac & cheese.
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. 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.
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 priority and the consumption of alcohol at any time during the 3-Day is not recommended.
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 5
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., Opening Ceremony
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374
8:25 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Mile Marker 5.5
39350 W 9 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48167
10:35 a.m. – 2:10 p.m., Mile Marker 12.3
Gill Elementary School
21195 Gill Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
Saturday, August 6
8:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Mile Marker 4.9
(between Dunlap & E. Cady Street - East Side)
9:20 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Mile Marker 9.8
Kellogg Park - Downtown Plymouth
Ann Arbor Trail & Main Street
Plymouth, MI 48170
X:00 a.m. X:00 p.m. Survivor Stretch
We encourage all breast cancer survivors to come to this cheering station with encouraging signs to help our walkers get through the final miles of Day Two.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Sunday, August 7
8:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m., Mile Marker 6.64
Perrin Recreational Area
27443 Ann Arbor Trail
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Closing Ceremony
Ford World Headquarters
1 American Road
Dearborn, MI 48126
At the end of the day, you’ll be spending the night with your fellow participants at your home away from home - the 3-Day camp at Suburban Collection Showplace. Here, 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 an Italian pasta dinner and entertainment with your fellow participants.
Then Saturday night (4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.), get together with your friends and family (but please, leave the pets at home) for a big party. We’ll have games and entertainment for adults and kids. Saturday night’s dinner (BBQ chicken with mac & cheese, or black bean burgers) in the dining area at camp is for participants only and seating for visitors will be limited, so please remind your friends and family to bring a picnic blanket and dinner. All visitors must depart camp by 8:30 p.m.
Visitor Parking: Parking will be available in the south lot of the Suburban Collection Showplace.
Camp Recycling: On average, the 3-Day creates approximately 100 cubic yards of trash and 70 cubic yards of recyclables. 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 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 Saturday, breakfast will be served between 5:00 a.m. - 7:15 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 7:30 a.m. Afternoon camp opens at 12:00 p.m.
On Sunday, breakfast will be served between 4:15 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 3:45 a.m.). All camp services will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Buses to the route will run from 6:15 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on a bus to the route by 7:15 a.m.
There are no personal vehicles allowed at camp. Friends and family visiting for Saturday night’s camp party will be able to park in the south lot of the Suburban Collection Showplace. All visitors must depart camp by 8:30 p.m.
3-Day Lounge: Kick back and relax! Enjoy special treats and drinks while socializing with your new friends, visit the trail mix bar, spend some quiet time with a magazine and a comfy chair, take a picture with friends, check the 3-Day Post Office to see if you’ve received mail from a loved one at home and pick up a Sweet Dreams treat if a kind supporter treated you. Commit to come back to the 2016 3-Day and you’ll get a special gift, only available in the Lounge.
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
- 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
- Walker Power Team
- Crew Power Team
- (Walker and Crew legacy pins can be picked up at the Opening Ceremony and All-Crew Kick-Off, respectively.)
Bank of America will reward those that go the extra mile for the cause. Show your Bank of America Pink Ribbon Banking credit or debit card and receive extra pampering in The Extra Mile hospitality area on Main Street, including a hands-on massage! You must have your Pink Ribbon Banking card with you to receive the perks, so don’t forget to pack it. Don’t have the card, but want the reward? Apply on-site at camp*.
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 the pink Information Tent near the entrance to camp. 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.
There will be limited quantities of 3-Day merchandise for sale in camp, including 3-Day city pins, shirts and hats.
Visit Shop3Day.com® for the full line of 3-Day merchandise to purchase. Items on sale at the event will be limited and unique items only available on event. New Balance will also have some products for sale on Friday and Saturday.
Only Event 360, affiliates of Susan G. Komen® 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.
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 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 T-shirt, cheer on your fellow walkers and crew members, and gather together before the inspiring Victory Walk into the Closing Ceremony.
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:
Ford World Headquarters
1 American Road
Dearborn, MI 48126
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. They should be prepared for traffic congestion at the site, both before and after the ceremony.
*For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of this card or to apply, visit BankofAmerica.com/komen.
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