The 2013 Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day started before dawn on September 20 with a large crowd of participants, crew, friends and family packing the Seattle Center grounds. After warming up with a local Zumba instructor and some stretching, Dr. Sheri readied the walkers with the presentation of the flag bearers. With the Space Needle as a backdrop, the crowd of more than 1000 walkers started Friday's 22.9-mile route. The walkers moved past the Seattle Seahawks' drumline and took on downtown Seattle through 5th Avenue on their way toward Mercer Island. The Seattle bicycle police were impressive with their pink decorations and kept the participants on track and safe. After excellent views of Mercer Island and Lake Washington, the walkers made their way through Bellevue and into Redmond's Marymoor Park. Excellent weather accompanied the day's events, and the many local cheering stations kept the walkers going. Participants were treated to a Zumba demonstration and the dancers of Rhythms of India at camp, our home away from home for the weekend.
Saturday's 20.9-mile route opened up to comfortable walking weather after the previous night's showers. Walkers traveled through the beautiful communities of Redmond and Kirkland. They were treated to a lakeside pit stop overlooking Lake Washington, with gorgeous views of the area. The New Balance cheerleaders encouraged participants into pit stop 1. The course was dotted was private cheering stations from friends, family and community participants. Gatoritas, a mixture of crushed ice and sports drink, were a favorite of the participants. The early cool weather turned to beautiful sunny skies with a light breeze, and walkers enjoyed a local dance group and music group during dinner at camp, followed by a dance party that rocked Marymoor Park.
Sunday's 16.3-mile route started early with a bus ride to the University of Washington. The walkers made their way to Gas Works Park in a light rain before continuing on to the scenic Ballard Locks. Private cheering stations were set up in the U-District offering frozen fruit and treats. Lunch along the waterfront in Seattle was often eaten while walking as a strong rain had developed. The walkers returned to the Seattle Center to the cheers of family and friends, rested indoors and then proceeded into Memorial Stadium for the Closing Ceremony.
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