Event Experience Details

Young Women Walking
All-Crew Kick-Off
Day One
The Route
Meals and Snacks
Alcohol Restrictions
Cheering Stations
Camp Life
Day Three
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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 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 (near the 3-Day lounge) in the 3-Day® camp at Harvest Park (2561 Barclay Street, Maplewood, MN 55109). There you will check in, get your special YW2 T-shirt and connect with the other YW2 participants. The route will open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and all walkers must be on the route by 7:00 a.m.

If you are staying at the hotel under the 3-Day rate, you can take the 3-Day shuttle to camp on Saturday morning, and back to the hotel on Saturday night. If you are not staying at the host hotel, parking will be available at The Original Mattress Factory, 1261 East Highway 36, Maplewood, MN 55109.

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 photo op, special refreshments in the 3-Day Lounge and Young Women Walking tents, 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 MN State Capitol Grounds 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 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-Day assumes no liability for replacement of lost items.

Packing Checklist – Walker
Packing Checklist – Crew
Packing Checklist – Young Women Walking

Here are a few miscellaneous items that many people forget:

The following items should be carried with you in a waist pack while you’re on the route:

Do Not Bring:

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. Additionally, if you subscribe text alerts, you’ll receive a link to the next day’s online route card each night.

Also, follow the 3-Day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and post your own updates and photos using the hashtag #the3day.

All-Crew Kick-Off
All crew members must attend the All-Crew Kick-Off on Thursday at the Southdale Center Parking Lot near the water tower (closest to France Ave. S & W 69th Street). The All-Crew Kick-Off will last approximately two hours, from 4-6 p.m. Select crew teams will need to arrive earlier on Thursday to begin their crew responsibilities or help with set-up and check-in for the All-Crew Kick-Off. Please contact your Crew Captain to confirm your scheduled arrival time before finalizing your travel plans. Please bring:

Day One: Friday 
Here’s the play-by-play of how the day will go.

Follow this link to view driving and parking directions.

The Route
The route is well marked with arrows and instructional signage so all you need to do is follow the signs and the walkers in front of you!

The route will open on Saturday at 6:30 a.m and on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and close on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., other conditions permitting. Exact mileage per event varies according to a number of factors 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 18.7 miles
The 2014 Twin Cities 3-Day will kick off with an inspirational Opening Ceremony at Southdale Shopping Center in Edina. From there you will make your way through picturesque Edina neighborhoods, stroll around the chain of lakes, past the sculpture park, through the heart of downtown Minneapolis, across the Mississippi River via the Stone Arch Bridge before concluding the day on the University of Minnesota campus. A bus ride from pit stop 4 will take you to camp, our home away from home for the weekend.

Saturday: Approximately 22.6 miles
On Saturday morning, we'll rise and shine, ready to hit the trail. Saturday will find us in the suburban communities as you enjoy some of the hidden gems the Twin Cities has to offer. Many great trails and pathways provide a break from Friday’s hustle and bustle of the city. You will pass by a few more of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes and suburban wildlife areas, ultimately finishing the day at camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun.

Sunday: Approximately 17.8 miles
The final day of your journey includes a couple more of the great trail systems in the area which help us transition from the suburban areas into the heart of downtown St. Paul. While you are focused on the celebration and Closing Ceremony ahead of you at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds, do not forget to enjoy some of the magnificent views, wonderful parklands and cityscapes along the way.

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 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.

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 Monitor  

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.

Alcohol Restrictions
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 priority and the consumption of alcohol at any time during the 3-Day is not recommended. 

Cheering Stations
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, August 22

7:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
Southdale Center Parking Lot 
near the water tower (closest to France Ave. S & W 69th Street)     
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

8:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Mile Marker 6.4
Lake Harriet Band Shell
4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55409

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Mile Marker 11
Parade Ice Garden
600 Kenwood Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55403

11:35 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Mile Marker 16
B.F. Nelson Park
400 Marshall Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Saturday, August 23

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Mile Marker 3.8
Holiday Inn Express
1100 County Road E.
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110

9:15 a.m. - 12: 45 p.m.
Mile Marker 10.9
Island Lake Regional Park
3680 North Victoria Street
Shoreview, MN 55126

10:20 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mile Marker 16.2
Acorn Park
286 County Road C West
Roseville, MN 55113

Sunday, August 24

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Mile Marker 1.4
Birch Run Station Parking Lot
1715 Beam Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109

8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Mile Marker 5.1
Northwood Park
2006 1st Street N
St. Paul, MN 55109

11: 15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Mile Marker 14.6
Indian Mounds Park
1113 Mounds Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55106

Camp Life
At the end of the day, you’ll be spending the night with your fellow participants at your home away from home - the 3-Day camp at Harvest Park. Here, you can enjoy a hot meal, a hot shower, medical care and a place to rest, share stories and be entertained.

Friday night, you’ll enjoy an entertaining camp show, including a folk band and Irish dancers, with your fellow participants.

Then Saturday night (4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.), get together with your friends and family (but please, leave your pets at home) for a big party. We’ll have games and entertainment for adults and kids. Dinner in the dining tent at camp is for participants only and seating for visitors will be limited, so please remind your friends and family to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket.

Parking for visitors will be available at Maplewood Business Center, 1600 Gervais Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109. All visitors must depart camp by 8:30 p.m.

Camp Recycling: On average, the 3-Day creates approximately 100 cubic yards of trash and 70 cubic yards of recyclables. 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. on Friday, 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 Saturday, breakfast will be served between 4:30 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 4:00 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 7:00 a.m. Afternoon camp opens at 12:00 p.m.

On Sunday, breakfast will be served between 5:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 4:30 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.

There are no personal vehicles allowed at camp. Friends and family visiting for Saturday night’s camp party should park at Maplewood Business Center, 1600 Gervais Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109. 

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 2015 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:

New for 2014, Bank of America will reward those that go the extra mile for the cause. Show your Bank of America Pink Ribbon Banking credit or debit card and receive extra pampering in The Extra Mile hospitality area on Main Street, including a hands-on massage! You must have your Pink Ribbon Banking card with you to receive the perks, so don’t forget to pack it. Don’t have the card, but want the reward? Apply on-site at camp.

Also new for 2014, New Balance will be offering special prints of your 3-Day event photos at camp. Just snap some shots along the route each day, post them to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #laceup365, and then pick up your printed photo outside the New Balance tent at camp on Friday and Saturday. Please note: photos will only print if your Instagram profile is public. Change your privacy settings to public for this event to print photos.

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.

There will be limited quantities of 3-Day merchandise for sale in camp, including 3-Day city pins, shirts and hats.



Visit Shop3Day.com® for the full line of 3-Day merchandise to purchase, as the items on sale at the event will be limited. New Balance will also have some products for sale on Friday and Saturday.

Only Event 360, affiliates of Susan G. Komen® 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.

Kindness Rocks 
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 gather together before the inspiring victory walk into the Closing Ceremony. If you want to connect with your friends and family before the ceremony, they can meet you at the Participant Finish Area. 

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:
MN State Capitol Grounds 
75 Rev. Dr. Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
St. Paul, MN 55155    
Note: State law forbids alcoholic beverages or balloons on Capitol grounds. 

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.