The Susan G. Komen Michigan 3-Day kicked off at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, with an energetic Opening Ceremony that included Zumba, stretching and an inspirational program by Dr. Sheri and breast cancer survivors. The sun rose on the Ceremony as the walkers began the 20.2 miles of Day 1. Cool morning temperatures and fair weather added to the delight of the first day of walking. We passed through the communities of Novi, New Hudson, Milford and Wixom. The route went through some excellent scenery near Walled Lake and the paths of New Hudson. Many cheering stations and families supported the walkers, especially in New Hudson and Wixom. The Friday night camp show included local entertainment as well as Dr. Sheri and Bank of America announcing the top fundraisers for the Michigan 3-Day. Milestone Award winner, Barry Blauer, was honored for his commitment to Susan G. Komen®'s promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.
We started Saturday's 22.3 miles early, after a restful night in the Suburban Collection Showplace, and we were favored with another great day of clear weather. Day 2 of the Michigan 3-Day has always been a walker favorite, as the towns of Northville, Plymouth and Novi all have strong community support. In particular, well attended cheering stations in Northville and Plymouth were packed with supporters. There was a pink running fountain in Plymouth and local fire stations and private cheering stations cheered the walkers on. Temperatures increased as we moved into the Novi area, and walkers made it through the hot afternoon to return to a great camp show highlighting cancer survivors and co-survivors, followed by an energetic dance party before retiring for the evening.
On Sunday morning, walkers were bussed to the Livonia Recreation Center and started the 16-mile route through the quiet neighborhoods of Livonia and Dearborn Heights. With sunny skies and hot temperatures, we were treated to several community cheering stations that offered treats and fruit. There was even a stretch of over 400 cheerleaders from the local communities. After lunch in the shade of the Rouge River, we continued on through Dearborn and to the inspirational Closing Ceremony at Ford Motor Company Headquarters, where Dr. Sheri and the Survivors' Circle inspired us to continue to fight for the cause. All were excited to continue the tradition of the Komen 3-Day in Michigan in 2014.
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