September 12-14, 2014
The 2014 Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremony against a beautiful pink sunrise at the Willow Grove Park Mall. Excitement buzzed as we prepared to start our journey, and in the midst of a touching and inspirational moment, a V-shaped formation of geese flew directly over the Opening Ceremony, honking loudly as the crowd burst into applause. Some said it was an omen of good luck. We enjoyed a cloud-covered sky and cool breezes as we walked to the first pit stops, which were decked out in awesome themes like Flashback to the 80s — complete with jelly bracelets and lots of neon. Then it was on to the Chestnut Hill Cheering Station, which rallied our spirits. The remainder of the day took us through Philly’s picturesque neighborhoods, including lunch at New Covenant Church, a winding walk through the lush, green Wissahickon Trail and Historic Rittenhouse, and then finally, to the Philadelphia Art Museum Steps, where we posed victoriously, with inspiration from the famous scene from Rocky. We headed toward camp at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 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. There was a chill in the air as we strolled to Memorial Hall, posing for photos in striking Fairmount Park. A cheering station in Bala Cynwyd helped us set the tone for the day, with clusters of pink balloons, dogs in tutus, and candy and coffee stations to put a pep in everyone’s step. Then, it was on to the Haverford College Duck Pond, where ducks and geese floated serenely across the pond. We stopped to have lunch on a grassy slope, a perfect break for tired feet. The community came out again to show their support at the Penn Wynne Elementary School Cheering Station, and in the early afternoon, "liquid sunshine" began pouring from the sky. We donned ponchos and headed onward to the next pit stop at Gompers Elementary School, still managing to smile despite the pouring rain. We were greeted to another beautiful sight at Boathouse Row, just in time for the rain to stop as we arrived home to camp. While rain may have dampened the route, the overwhelming feeling of pride, hope and love for Philadelphia could not be shaken.
We began our third day with some cool temperatures, which lifted mid-morning to reveal a perfect day, complete with a stunning blue sky, occasional breezes, and the shining sun. At Mile 1.3, we posed at the oldest residential neighborhood in America, Elfreth’s Alley, dating to 1702. The historic sights continued past Independence Hall, which houses the Liberty Bell, and then the beautiful Philadelphia City Hall, three miles in. We powered through fatigue with the uplifting chants of the Philly community in the Thomas Paine Plaza. Then it was onward to another Philly-centric photo op, the dueling intersection with both Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks, two famous eateries applauded for their authentic cheese steaks. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.
The more than $3.8 million we raised will help Susan G. Komen® save lives.
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