San DiegoNovember 20-22, 2015

San Diego

The 2015 Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. We headed west toward the coast to a Star Wars themed pit stop 1 (“May the cure be with you.”) before reaching a cheering station which covered blocks of Del Mar Village. At around the 5-mile point, we reached pit stop 2 before beginning the climb up the well-known (and somewhat feared) Torrey Pines hill. It’s a tough one, but soon gravity lent a hand and we descended through La Jolla, into pit stop 3 at the Salk Institute. A vibrant cheering station at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography gave us the push we needed to make it to Kellogg Park for a beach-side lunch stop and some photo ops with local surfers. After lunch, we kept to the coast, passing La Jolla cove, and coming across even more cheering stations and a festive pit stop 4. We were treated to smooches from the “Kissing Dog” and more scenic views (plus a few more hills…) in La Jolla, before the last waterfront stretch into Crown Point Shores, site of the 3-Day camp, 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. With bright sunshine and clear skies, we set out along the water from camp. We were met almost immediately by San Diego Youth Corps Alumni at one of many cheering stations along the route. Pit stop 1 and a morning cheer station got us pumped up, which was good because soon we were gaining elevation again, this time into the hilly Sunset Cliffs neighborhood. The climb was worth it, as panoramic views of the Pacific (as well as the New Balance cheerleaders) greeted us at pit stop 2, and the views continued for miles back down into Ocean Beach and pit stop 3. Another public cheering station came next, then lunch at Bonita Cove Park. The route continued along the boardwalk, as we stopped for endless photo opportunities, including a group of furry and friendly therapy dogs. Arriving at pit stop 4 at Fanuel Park we got the usual snacks and hydration, but got an extra special treat of fresh-baked cookies from some loyal walker stalkers. The final stretch of Day 2 brought us back along Bayside Walk, which was lined with dozens of supporters, and back into camp. The Saturday night camp show featured a tear-jerking talk from well-known 3-Dayer John Shinar, who surprised the whole dining tent by proposing to his special lady on stage.

We set out on Sunday morning for yet another beautiful day in San Diego, starting with the lovely DeAnza Cove as the backdrop for pit stop 1. It was a string of supporters and cheering stations around every corner, including the MadCaps mother/daughter group before pit stop 2 and the NCL and DHL cheerers near the bottom of the Juan Street hill in Old Town. That climb was a doozy, but after reaching the top, we enjoyed a pass through a nicely shaded residential neighborhood before arriving at lunch at Mission Hills Park. The second half of Day 3’s route was new and different, taking us through more lovely neighborhoods and back down to the sea and Harbor Drive. Pit stop 3 was a new location at Waterfront Park, complete with fountains and historic ships in the background. Another couple of miles along the water and we crossed into the Participant Finish Area at Embarcadero Park South. With the sun setting to the west, we walked into the Closing Ceremony arena outside Petco Park, where hundreds of supporters lined the way for a celebratory Closing Ceremony with our family and friends. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.

Thanks to your passion, courage and hard work, we’ve added another 5.9 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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