November 21-23, 2014
The 2014 Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Del Mar Fairgrounds. We faced rainy skies in the pre-dawn hours, but by the time Dr. Sheri took the stage, the clouds had lifted and Mother Nature treated us to a spectacular sunrise and a miraculous rainbow over the ocean as 2,400 dedicated women and men walked out for the first steps of their 60-mile journey. The first of many cheering stations spanned blocks of Del Mar Village, a neighborhood of pink supporters who come out in force every year. Just before the 5-mile point, we began the ascent up the notorious Torrey Pines hill (it’s a good thing this State Nature Reserve is so scenic!). We were treated to a beach-front lunch stop at Kellogg Park. The second half of the Day 1 route boasted even more cheering stations, including the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography (and all its many branches), with numerous spots along the way. The Mor Furniture supporters and a group of Wells Fargo employees who came out from Arizona each had private cheering stations, as did the La Valencia Hotel and the La Jolla Beach/Tennis Club, with their huge balloon arch. Many walkers were treated to smooches from the “Kissing Dog” and more lovely sights (and more hills…) through La Jolla, before the final approach to the Komen 3-Day camp at the waterfront Crown Point Shores park, 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. We set out along the water from camp on Day 2 under sunny skies and quickly warming temps, and were almost immediately greeted by more enthusiastic public and private cheering stations (Are you sensing a theme yet? San Diego loves its cheering stations!) Before long, we were on the rise again, into the hilly Sunset Cliffs neighborhood, where we took in more beautiful views of the Pacific stretching to the horizon. The New Balance cheerleaders welcomed us to a pit stop at Sunset Elementary School. The Young Survivor Coalition (which included some walkers and many cheering supporters) rallied us through the second twenty miles. Lunch was at another spectacular waterfront park at Bonita Cove, and walkers leaving the park were gifted with delightful pink gerbera daisies. The route continued along the boardwalk, with many walkers stopping for the endless photo ops, including a certain pair of bow-tied male dancers just outside pit stop 3. A group of adorable therapy dogs greeted the parade of pink, and as if that wasn’t sweet enough, there were free treats of ice cream and fresh-baked cookies at Fanuel Street Park, the location of pit stop 4. The final stretch of Day 2 brought us back along Bayside Walk, where a special Youth Corps Alumni cheering station was set up, and into camp.
Sunday, Day 3, is always a highly anticipated day in San Diego, with the lovely DeAnza Cove as the backdrop for pit stop 1. The visiting Girl Scouts giving out boxes of Thin Mints were the talk of the morning. It was an endless display of cheering stations, from the MadCaps mother/daughter group before pit 2, to the singing students outside Francis Parker School, to the fun photo props outside Mo’s in Hillcrest. One doozy of a hill climb up Juan St. in Old Town was made easier by multiple cheer spots (fresh free chips and salsa, anyone?) and concluded shortly after at a cozy shaded park for the lunch stop. Even when we were still miles out from the finish line, hundreds of family and friends lined the streets at Museum Row and into the downtown area, forming a human chain of spirit and support to energize us before the celebratory Closing Ceremony at Petco Park.
The more than $6.8 million we raised will help Susan G. Komen® save lives.
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