Event Experience Details

20-Mile Walkers
Packing
All-Crew Kick-Off
Day One
The Route
Meals and Snacks
Our 150th Celebration
Safety
Alcohol Restrictions
Cheering Stations
Camp Life
Merchandise
Day Three
Top Tips video
View a Map of the Route  
Route Cards  

20-Mile Walker 20-Mile Walkers

If you are registered as a 20-mile walker, you’ll notice that much of this information, particularly details about Friday and Saturday 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.

If you have not completed online check-in or do not have your credential, you must go to our Command Center at Ford World Headquarters at 6:30 a.m. to complete check-in. Our staff will then transport you to the start of the route at 6:45 a.m.

If you have printed your credential at home, you can either park in Spectator Parking at Ford World Headquarters before 6:45 a.m. and we will transport you to camp, or be dropped off at camp at Suburban Collection Showplace before 7:00 a.m. Breakfast will be available at camp from 5:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. All walkers must be on a bus to the route by 7:30 a.m. There is no parking available at Suburban Collection Showplace.

If you are staying at the hotel under the 3-Day rate, you can take the 3-Day shuttle to camp on Sunday morning, and back to the hotel on Sunday evening. If you are not staying at the host hotel, park in the Spectator Parking lot at Ford World Headquarters.

Event Experience Packing.jpg Packing

Your gear bag should weigh no more than 35 pounds, including your sleeping bag. Keep in mind that you will need to carry this bag a total of four times during the course of the event, and crew members will carry your bag several times as they pack and unpack the gear and tent trucks. Easily toted bags with wheels are the best choice.

Pack your sleeping bag inside of your gear bag. If that is not possible, you can strap your sleeping bag 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 Komen 3-Day assumes no liability for the replacement of lost items. So mark your bag clearly with your name and Participant ID number ( Please log in to see your participant ID number).

We will provide water and sports drink in large dispensers, not in individual bottles, so you must bring your own water bottle to the event. Thank you for helping to make our event gentler on the environment.

Packing Checklist—Walkers
Packing Checklist—Crew
Packing Checklist—20-Mile Walkers

Here are a few miscellaneous items that many people forget:

  • Reusable cup or plastic mug for camp
  • Battery operated alarm clock and watch
  • Earplugs
  • 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)

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
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • 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:

  • Donations
  • Valuables
  • 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 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 TwitterFacebook 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. Bank of America will also have professional photographers positioned throughout the event to provide you with memorable photos you can view and share.

Event Experience AllCrew.jpg All-Crew Kick-Off

All crew members must attend the All-Crew Kick-Off on Thursday at Suburban Collection Showplace.

Schedule for the Day:
2:30 p.m. — Crew members arrive
3:00 p.m. — All-Crew Huddle
3:30 p.m. — Crew Team Meetings
4:30 p.m. — Special Operations Training
                      (Opening Ceremony Traffic — Traffic Control and Route Safety)
                      (Driver and Navigation — All crew members assigned as drivers or navigators)
                      (Route Stop Operations — Grab and Go’s, Pit Stops and Lunch)
                      (Service with a Smile — Food Service and Camp Services)
5:00 p.m. — Crew Send-Off        

Please bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Printed credential
  • Driver's license 
  • Rain gear, if the forecast calls for rain 
  • Snacks 
  • Sunscreen 
  • A great attitude!

Event Experience Day One.jpg Day One: Friday 

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, if you have one from a past 3-Day).
  • There will be some continental breakfast snacks at the first pit stop, but not a full meal, so you should eat breakfast before you arrive.
  • We will not be accepting donations on the event, so 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 to the Late Check-In tent to print your credential.
  • 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. Write your Tent Assignment on your luggage tag.
  • Before the Opening Ceremony, stop by the “150th Walk Commemorative Items” tent to pick up your special 150th walk commemorative credential, lanyard and pins. (The commemorative credential is decorative; you will still need to bring the credential you printed at home after online check-in.)
  • Take a moment to write the names of the loved ones you have lost to breast cancer on the white memorial flag.
  • 7:00 a.m.: Opening Ceremony begins with stretching.
  • If you are walking by yourself and want to meet up with other solo walkers, meet by the "Solo Walkers" sign after the Opening Ceremony. Check our Facebook page the night before the 3-Day for the exact location.

Follow this link to view driving and parking directions.

Event Experience Route.jpg The Route

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 below. For more details, check out our full preview of the route the 3-Day blog.

Friday: Approximately 18.9 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 along Walled Lake before returning to camp, our home away from home for the weekend.

Saturday: Approximately 21.8 miles
On Saturday, we'll walk the beautiful wooded trails of Hines Park in the morning and enjoy the fantastic support of great communities —Downtown Northville and Plymouth—in the afternoon. After lunch, there will be one long, steep hill—but you can tackle it! Our final stretch from pit stop 4 until camp will be the Survivor Stretch, to connect us all back to the reason we do this. Then it's back to camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun at our reunion party.

Sunday: Approximately 15.9 miles
The final day of our journey will begin with a short bus ride to the start of the route. Then we'll 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. Read our full preview of the entire route on the 3-Day blog.

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 be 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 safe pace and to ensure that you complete your walking while it is still light out. 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). A “caboose” will be following the last walker on the route. If you are falling behind schedule, you will be given the option to take a sweep van to the next pit stop if you cannot increase your pace.

If you are out on the route and unable to continue walking, a sweep van can pick you up and transport you to the next pit stop. 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.

Event Experience Meals.jpg Meals and Snacks

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.

150 offer april.gif Our 150th Celebration
This year on the 3-Day, we’re celebrating a very special milestone—our 150th walk. We’ve invited 3-Day alumni from across the country to come back and celebrate with us. There will be lots of special surprises in store for you throughout the weekend, including commemorative credentials and lanyards, a 3-Day museum in camp, and a party on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this, even if you’re not sleeping in camp. Join the festivities and toast to the past and future. We’ve got a special gift for everyone, so come to the dining tent on Saturday evening ready to have a great time, 3-Day style! Get into that 3-Day reunion spirit ahead of time by listening to our Spotify playlist and watching our Celebration Slideshow. Read more about our reunion festivities.

Safety MonitorSafety

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.

No Alcohol 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 priority and the consumption of alcohol at any time during the 3-Day is not permitted. 

Event Experience Cheering.jpg 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 5

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., Opening Ceremony
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Mile Marker 8.7
Hickory Woods Elementary School
30655 Novi Road
Novi, MI 48377

12:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mile Marker 16.2
Educational Services Building
25425 Taft Road
Novi, MI 48374

Saturday, August 6

9:50 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mile Marker 11.6
Kellogg Park, Downtown Plymouth
Ann Arbor Trail and Main Street
Plymouth, MI 48170

11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mile Marker 16.6
Downtown Northville
Center Street between Dunlap and E Cady
Northville, MI 48167

Sunday, August 7

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Closing Ceremony
Ford World Headquarters
1 American Road
Dearborn, MI 48126

Event Experience Camp.jpg Camp Life

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 at 7:00 p.m., we’ll be throwing a party celebrating our 150th walk this year. You won’t want to miss this! You can invite your friends and family to visit from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. but please, leave the pets at home. Saturday night’s dinner (BBQ chicken with mac & cheese, or black bean burgers) plus the special reunion treats are for participants only and seating for visitors will be limited, so ask your friends and family to bring a picnic blanket and dinner, or cash to purchase food from the food trucks. All visitors must depart camp by 8:00 p.m.

Visitor Parking: parking will be available in the south lot of 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. and our camp program will be presented at 7:00 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 5:30 a.m. - 7:15 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 7:30 a.m. Afternoon camp opens at 12:00 p.m.

On Sunday, 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. - 7:15 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on a bus to the route by 7:30 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 Suburban Collection Showplace. All visitors must depart camp by 8:00 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 (Friday only), 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 Treat if a kind supporter treated you.

If you meet any of the following criteria, please stop by the 3-Day Lounge to pick up any legacy pins you have earned, such as:

  • Team Captain
  • Training Walk Leader
  • Raised $3,000+ in 2016
  • Raised $5,000+ in 2016
  • Raised $10,000+ in 2016
  • Raised $15,000+ in 2016
  • Raised $20,000+ in 2016
  • Raised $25,000+ Lifetime
  • Raised $50,000+ Lifetime
  • Raised $100,000+ Lifetime
  • Raised $250,000+ Lifetime
  • Crew Member Raised $500+
  • Participated in the 3-Day for 5 years or more
  • Participated in the 3-Day for 10 years or more
  • 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*. Bank of America will also have professional photographers positioned throughout the event to provide you with memorable photos you can view and share.

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.

Log in to see if you have earned any fundraising rewards. Fundraising rewards start for $5,000 fundraisers and up.

MerchandiseMerchandise

There will be limited quantities of 3-Day merchandise for sale in camp, including 3-Day city pins, shirts and other apparel.

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.

Event Experience Kindness.jpg 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.

Event Experience Day Three.jpg 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 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 at Ford World Headquarters. 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.

Friends and family are welcome to join their loved ones at the Participant Finish Area. Parking will be available on the north side of Ford World Headquarters, South of Hubbard, off W Road.

The Closing Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at:
Ford World Headquarters 
One American Drive
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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