PhiladelphiaOctober 2-4, 2015
The 2015 Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Willow Grove Park Mall on a cold Friday morning, with a drizzling sky and the threat of more rain to come. But that wouldn't stop us! We went on our way out of Willow Grove and through the suburbs north of Philadelphia as the rain began falling more steadily. Pit stops at local parks in Ardsley and Oreland fueled us, as we continued passing through beautiful residential areas. The rain didn’t stop our fans, including dozens of enthusiastic school children and a cheering station in Chestnut Hill, from coming out and cheering for us as we passed. We got a much-needed break from the now-torrential rains at the lunch stop, where we were fortunate enough to be able to eat indoors. After lunch, we trekked on the tree-covered Wissahickon Trail and through the Historic Rittenhouse Town before turning along the Schuylkill River, past Boathouse Row on approach to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There, after a brief stop at pit stop 4, we got another nice little span of indoor walking, as the route actually took us through the museum instead of around it. When we emerged on the front side, we got a scenic (though cloudy) peek at the downtown Philly skyline, and a trip down the “Rocky” steps to the final stretch to camp at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, our home away from home for the weekend.
Saturday brought chilly, but mercifully drier conditions. We left the downtown area for points west, including Bala Cynwyd and its packed and enthusiastic cheering station, and the communities of Narberth and Ardmore. The route criss-crossed Montgomery Avenue, past beautiful historic homes, making its way to the lunch stop at Haverford College, amidst brick and stone buildings and a quaint and picturesque duck pond. After lunch, we began making our way back toward downtown. We passed through JFK Square, where the fountain was dyed a brilliant pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we stopped to snap pics in front of the famous LOVE statue. Another quick half-mile, and it was home sweet home again at the 3-Day camp. We headed out on Sunday for a breezy 15 miles. We strolled through some of Philly’s historical hot spots, including Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied street in America, as well as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Pit stop 1 at The Porch allowed us the chance to relax in some whimsical swings before moving on. The route continued through South Philadelphia, and passed by Geno’s and Pat’s, rival proprietors of Philly’s most famous culinary delight, the cheesesteak. After the official 3-Day lunch stop at South Philadelphia High School, it was a short few miles to the finish line at The Navy Yard, for a celebratory Closing Ceremony with our family and friends. And with spectacular timing, the sun began peeking through and clouds made way for blue skies right as the final walkers were coming home. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.
Thanks to your passion, courage and hard work, we’ve added another 2.7 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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