Event Experience Details
Young Women Walking
Before You Walk – Register for Bank of America 3-Day Connections
Meals and Snacks
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Young Women Walking
If you are registered as part of the Young Women Walking program, you’ll notice that much of this information – particularly details about the Friday and Sunday of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day event – will not apply to you. However, we encourage you to read it over anyway to give you a full picture of the Komen 3-Day experience.
Meet at the Young Women Walking tent in the 3-Day® camp at the Presidio (Old Parade Ground), 38 Keyes Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129, no later than 6:15 a.m. There you will check in, get your special YW2 bag and connect with the other YW2 participants. The route will open at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday.
There will be no parking available at the 3-Day camp, so please plan on being dropped off, unless you are staying at a Friday/Saturday night host hotel. If you are staying at the host hotel under the 3-Day rate, you can take the 3-Day shuttle to the route on Saturday morning, and back to the hotel on Saturday night.
If you are not taking a shuttle or being dropped off, you may park at the Presidio in the Main Post Parking lot, across from Walt Disney Museum (104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129). Parking is free on weekends - first come, first served.
Enter off of Anza Ave. via Lincoln Blvd. Do not enter on Anza Ave. via Sheridan Ave. as it will be closed.
The route will close at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, but you are invited to stay at the 3-Day camp to enjoy dinner, a “pink carpet” photo op, special “pink pizzazz” refreshments in the Young Women Walking tent, and other fun activities. The festivities will wrap up at 9:00 p.m., when it’s lights out at camp.
You are welcome to join us on Sunday at the Closing Ceremony at the Civic Center at 4:30 p.m., or at the cheering stations along the route. Or you can support the 3-Day as a volunteer on Sunday. Click here to register to volunteer (please note that volunteers will be working during the Closing Ceremony and will not be able to see the ceremony.)
Your gear bag should weigh no more than 35 pounds (including your sleeping bag). Easily toted bags with wheels and outside pockets are the best choice. To protect your sleeping bag, we recommend that you pack it inside of your gear bag. If that is not possible, you can strap your sleeping bag and padding to the outside of the bag, but please don’t use bungee cords, which can snap and injure crew members. Please avoid bringing any valuables with you. The 3-Dayassumes no liability for replacement of lost items.
Here are a few miscellaneous items that many people forget:
- Water bottle
- Reusable cup or plastic mug for camp
- Battery operated alarm clock and watch
- Camera (We recommend a disposable camera. Don't forget to write your name on it!)
- Tent decorations (The winner of the 3-Day tent decorating competition will take home a special legacy pin.)
- Journal and pens
- Sweat-proof sunscreen
- Extra shoes or flip-flops for wearing at camp and after the event
We will provide water and sports drink in large dispensers, not in individual bottles, so you must bring your own water bottle. To help keep you cool, there will be “dunking stations” at the pit stops to dip your bandana, if you brought one. You can then wear your icy-cold bandana around your neck while walking to stay cool.
The following items should be carried with you in a waist pack while you’re on the route:
- Water bottle (we recommend a wide-mouth bottle for easy refilling)
- Money and credit cards
- Socks (to change into a fresh pair at the lunch stop)
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Rain poncho
- Small First Aid kit
- Wet wipes for hand washing along the route
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent (that contains DEET)
Do Not Bring:
- Camp chairs, tent stakes, cots or anything that could pierce the camp ground
- Anything that requires electricity (e.g., hair dryer); There will be limited availability to phone charging stations at camp on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your charging cord with you.
If you haven’t already, please subscribe to 3-Day Text Alerts. In case we need to announce important information during the event, 3-Day Text Alerts will be the best way for you to get the information you need quickly, so if you are planning on having your cell phone with you on the 3-Day, we recommend that you subscribe. Also, if you have a smart phone, follow the 3-Day on Twitter @the3day or post your own updates using the hashtag #the3day.
Before You Walk – Register for Bank of America 3-Day Connections
Keep your friends, family and followers updated on social media as you walk! Enhanced for 2013, register now for Bank of America 3-Day Connections™, a social media program designed to keep your supporters current on your progress during the 3-Day. As you reach daily milestones during the 3-Day, Bank of America 3-Day Connections will automatically post a personalized message to Facebook and/or Twitter on your behalf. The tag does not track time or distance walked. It is just a fun way for you to stay connected with your supporters.
Register now for Bank of America 3-Day Connections and your personalized tag will be available for pick-up Friday morning before the Opening Ceremony, or at the Bank of America tent at camp. Online registration will be available until 5:00 p.m. ET on June 19.
All crew members must attend the All-Crew Meeting on Thursday at the Village at Corte Madera. The meeting will last approximately five hours. Your crew assignment and check-in status will determine your exact individual arrival time, which will be provided by your Crew Team Captain. Please bring:
- Water bottle
- Printed credential
- Driver's license
- Rain gear
- A great attitude!
Here’s the play-by-play of how the day will go.
- Wear a 3-Day T-shirt, if you have one. Let’s show the world we stand united against breast cancer as we head out into our community.
- Dress in layers you can easily stash in your waist pack as the day warms up.
- Bring your credential to the event (along with a plastic sleeve and lanyard, if you have one).
- Eat breakfast before you arrive. We will not be serving breakfast on Friday morning.
- We will not be accepting donations on the event, so please mail any donations you have collected before you leave for the event.
- 5:00 a.m. - Crew members should arrive. (Check with your Crew Captain for your exact arrival time and location.)
- 5:30 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. - Walkers should arrive.
- If you have completed online check-in but do not see a link to print your credential on your check-in confirmation webpage, go straight to 3-Day Will Call in the Late Check-In tent.
- Bring your luggage to the gear truck that corresponds to the Tent Assignment that appears on your credential (e.g., if your Tent Assignment is B13, bring your luggage to gear truck B), then proceed to the stage. Be sure to write your Tent Assignment on your luggage tag.
- Before the Opening Ceremony, take a moment to write the names of the loved ones you may have lost to breast cancer on the white memorial flag.
- 7:00 a.m.: Opening Ceremony begins with community stretching.
Our 3-Day staff works diligently to create an ideal route that is both safe and scenic. The route is well marked with arrows and instructional signage; simply follow the signs and the walkers in front of you!
The route will open around 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, and close around 7:00 p.m., other conditions permitting. Exact mileage per event varies according to a number of factors along the route such as pit stops, camp, as well as Opening and Closing site locations. The amount of daylight hours also impacts the total event mileage as it dictates the amount of time the route can be kept open safely.
Here's a general description of what you will experience along the way:
Friday: Approximately 19.7 miles
The San Francisco Bay Area 3-Day will begin with an inspirational Opening Ceremony at the Village at Corte Madera. We'll walk through the town of Corte Madera, enjoying our first pit stop at the beautiful Town Park. The route will continue heading south towards San Francisco but not before visiting quaint shops through downtown Mill Valley and their amazing Old Mill Park. We'll walk along the water in Sausalito then eat lunch at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Baker. While crossing the bridge, we'll take in views of the city before walking into the heart of the Presidio to camp at the Main Post, our home away from home for the weekend.
Saturday: Approximately 22 miles
On Saturday morning, we'll rise and shine, ready to hit the trail. We'll walk on beautiful trails in the Presidio then head south through Golden Gate Park. Then we'll walk through the Sunset District and loop around beautiful Lake Merced. After eating lunch on the lake, we’ll take in views of the ocean, walking north along the Great Highway, past the Cliff House onto the amazing Land’s End Trail in the GGNRA. Then it's back to camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun.
Sunday: Approximately 14.2 miles
The final day of our journey will begin with a walk up infamous Lover’s Lane in the Presidio towards the Arguello gate. Then we'll head south towards the panhandle and briefly go through Haight-Ashbury then Cole Valley. We'll enjoy walking along Buena Vista Park before heading south through the Castro. Be sure to take in the views of the city at the top of Mission Delores before heading down into Noe Valley. On the way into the Participant Finish Area, we’ll pass by the Painted Ladies and walk through Japantown. The route will end with a celebratory Closing Ceremony at the Civic Center.
On some portions of the route you may find some areas that are deemed “quiet zones” which will be indicated by signage on the route. Please by respectful of the neighborhoods and communities we walk through during this time to help ensure we are invited back.
Every 3-4 miles along the way, you’ll find a pit stop or grab & go. A grab & go offers portable toilets, water and sports drinks. Pit stops are larger and include all the services of a grab & go as well as snacks and medical crew. We suggest the following guidelines for breaks: 10-15 minutes at each stop, and 30 minutes at lunch, depending on your pace.
All pit stops have designated opening and closing hours, timed to keep you moving along the route at a reasonable and safe pace. If you reach a pit stop before it opens, you will be asked to stop and wait. If you reach a pit stop after it closes, you will be transported via the Lunch & Camp Shuttle to the lunch stop (or camp, if you have already passed the lunch stop).
If you are out on the route and unable to continue walking, a 3-Day van can transport you to the next pit stop. We call these "sweep vans" because they "sweep" the route. Sweep vans do not pick up from pit stops and do not drop off at grab & gos. If you are at a pit stop and unable to continue walking, get on a Lunch & Camp Shuttle. If you board a Lunch & Camp Shuttle prior to lunch you will be taken directly to lunch. If you board a Lunch & Camp Shuttle after lunch, you will be taken directly to camp.
Please be courteous and follow instructions of safety monitors, crew and staff at all times. They are here to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. Abusive behavior towards fellow participants, crew and staff will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Meals and Snacks
At each pit stop there will be an assortment of snacks including oranges, bananas, potato chips, carrots, peanuts, pretzels and much more. To drink, there will be water and sports drink provided (you must bring your own water bottle to fill). About halfway through each day’s mileage, you will have a nutritious lunch. Each morning and evening at camp you will enjoy a hot catered meal.
Friday evening, some local food trucks will be parked near camp, so bring cash if you’d like to enjoy some special goodies.
You should be drinking about 4-5 oz. of fluid per mile while on the event. Drink a bottle of water AND a bottle of sports drink between each pit stop to maintain your sodium levels. Re-read the information on nutrition and hydration on the Training page. This will help you to know the symptoms of dehydration and hyponatremia to watch for in your body. Please note: you must bring your own water bottle on the event. We will not be providing individual bottles of water, but will provide water to refill your own. Please assist us in making our event gentler on the environment.
Stretch! Make sure you stretch five minutes every hour. It’s an easy way to stay injury-free and comfortable on the route. Visit the Training page for more information on stretching.
|Safety monitors will be present on the route to help enforce safe walking practices. These are walkers – just like you! – who have volunteered to help keep everyone safe. You will be able to identify them by their distinctive orange safety monitor badges.|
The 3-Day and all of the cities we travel through work together to help create a safe and enjoyable experience for 3-Day participants and supporters. As the 3-Day route is on public property, it is subject to local laws. Local jurisdictions will be enforcing open-liquor laws in neighborhoods along the route and in camp. While local officials understand and respect the cause for our celebration, we ask that you and your supporters help keep the 3-Day a family-friendly event and alcohol-free. The safety of our participants is our number one concern and the consumption of alcohol at any time during the 3-Day is not recommended.
Please discourage your family and friends from driving along the route, as it can create a safety hazard. Instead, encourage them to show their support at a Cheering Station. The following Cheering Stations are safe, recommended places for your supporters to cheer you on along the route.
Friday, June 21
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Village at Corte Madera
1618 Redwood Highway
Corte Madera, CA 94925
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
100 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Presidio Trust: Fort Scott Parking Lot
1208 Ralston Avenue, S.E. corner of Lincoln Boulevard & Storey Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
Saturday, June 22
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lake Merced Parking Lot
John Muir Drive, just west of Lake Merced Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94132
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
GGNRA, Memorial Parking Lot
2300 El Camino Del Mar
San Francisco, CA 94121
Sunday, June 23
8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Golden Gate Park - Panhandle
Ashbury and Oak
San Francisco, CA 94117
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Alamo Square Park
Hayes and Steiner, southeast corner
San Francisco, CA 94117
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony
99 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
At the end of the day, you’ll be spending the night with your fellow walkers and crew members at your home away from home - the 3-Day camp. Our team has been working for months to find a great campsite for you and your fellow participants so that you can enjoy a hot meal, a hot shower, medical care and a place to rest, share stories and be entertained.
Saturday night, relax with your friends and family (That’s right! You can invite your family to join you in camp on Saturday this year!). There are no personal vehicles allowed at camp. Public parking is available at the Presidio for visitors, however they will need to abide by the cost and times associated with the parking area they choose.
Camp Recycling: On average, the 3-Day creates approximately 600 cubic yards of trash, of which roughly 30% has been recycled in the past. We’re asking for your help in making pink the new green by making our recycling more effective. Please make sure your garbage, food waste and recyclables are placed in the proper containers. Also, if you bring along items that you plan to dispose of after the event, please take those items home to throw out - don't leave them behind for the crew members to haul away. Thanks for joining us in this effort!
Camp Hours: Camp opens at 1:00 p.m., and all camp services (except dinner) are available from 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner is served from 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. “Lights out” in camp is at 9:00 p.m. By then you’ll be plenty tired and you’ll want to get enough rest for the next morning! Please, no radios, cell phone chatter or excessive noise after 9:00 p.m.
On Day 2, breakfast will open at 5:30 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 5:00 a.m.). All camp services will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on the route by 7:30 a.m. Afternoon camp opens at 12:00 p.m.
On Day 3, breakfast will open at 5:30 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 5:00 a.m.). All camp services will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on the route by 7:15 a.m.
There are no personal vehicles allowed at camp.
Merchandise Sales: New Balance will have merchandise for sale on Friday in camp only. Only Shop3Day.com, affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and national sponsors with written agreements in place will be permitted to sell merchandise on the 3-Day event. No other individuals or organizations may sell merchandise at the 3-Day campsites, ceremony sites, pit stops or any other location for which the 3-Day has obtained a permit.
3-Day Lounge: Kick back, relax and put your tired feet up at the 3-Day Lounge. Enjoy snacks while socializing with your new friends, spend some quiet time with a magazine, take a picture with your 3-Day friends or check the 3-Day Post Office to see if you’ve received mail from a loved one at home. The 3-Day Lounge is a great place to pick up your legacy pins and take the first step toward registering for the 2014 3-Day.
If you meet any of the following criteria, please stop by the 3-Day Lounge to pick up the legacy pins you have earned:
Training Walk Leader
Top Individual Fundraiser
Crew Member Raised $500+
Participated in the 3-Day for 5 years or more
Participated in the 3-Day for 10 years or more
Top Fundraising Team - overall (team captain should pick up)
Largest Team (team captain should pick up)
Walker Power Team
Crew Power Team
(Walker and Crew legacy pins can be picked up at the Opening Ceremony and All-Crew Meeting, respectively.)
Leaving Camp: When you arrive at camp each afternoon, the Check-In team will scan the bar code on your credential to indicate that you have checked in to camp. If you plan to leave camp for the evening, please check out at either the pink Information Tent at the front of camp or the 3-Day Lounge Information Table. When you return to camp in the morning, we will scan you back in as you step onto the route for the day. If you plan to leave the event permanently, please check out with the Support Services team at the Command Center.
If you are being dropped off or picked up at camp, please instruct the driver to follow the signs into camp to do so. Do not arrange to be dropped off or picked up on the neighboring streets.
One of the great things about the 3-Day is the spirit of kindness that we create for three days while on the event. It's like living in a bubble - the world the way we wish it would be. It's a world where every walker, from the first to the last, gets a cheer as she or he enters camp. Where a stranger may help you set up your tent, or carry your bag. Where a long line to wait in becomes another opportunity to make a great new friend. One of the most popular phrases around the 3-Day is “No whining!” So carry on that legacy of kindness. Be kind, smile, and lend a hand when you see someone who needs it.
Day Three: Sunday
On the third day of the event, we’ll gather together in the Participant Finish Area by 4:00 p.m. and line up for our final Victory Walk. The Participant Finish Area is where you will receive your victory shirt, cheer on your fellow walkers and crew members, and reflect on your experience together before the inspiring victory walk into the Closing Ceremony. This space is just for participants - please tell your friends and family to meet you at the Closing Ceremony site.
Your gear bag can be picked up at the Closing Ceremony. If you would like a loved one to pick up your gear bag for you, please print out your event check-in confirmation page and give it to them before the event. (A link to your confirmation page can be found on your Participant Center home page if you have completed online check-in.) They must present a copy of this in order to claim your bag.
The Closing Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at:
99 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Your friends, family and supporters should arrive at the Closing Ceremony site at least one hour early to secure a space by the stage that will give them the best view of the program. They should be prepared for traffic congestion at the site, both before and after the ceremony.
The Participant Finish Area is closed to spectators. If you wish to meet with friends and family before the Ceremony begins, please exit the Participant Finish Area and join them at the Closing Ceremony. Just remember to return to the Participant Finish Area no later than 4:00 p.m. to join the victory walk.
Use street parking or park in the Civic Center Garage (underground, below the Civic Center). Enter garage off of McAllister St. Approximately $2.50 an hour.
For bus info, visit SFMTA.com trip planner at http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mroutes/tripplan.htm. Use “Civic Center” as the destination.