August 22-24, 2014
The 2014 Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Southdale Center. The Twin Cities were filled with the power of pink as we walked through the many beautiful neighborhoods of the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. Though Friday morning started with gloomy skies, the brightness and enthusiasm couldn’t be dampened by the clouds. Our first stop was a New Orleans “Mardi Bra” themed pit stop at the beautiful Utley Park.The Lake Harriet Band Shell was the first cheering station, and the Twin Cities Community came out in full force, complete with cheerleaders, candy and coffee stations. Onward through Minneapolis, we enjoyed a cheering station at the Parade Ice Garden and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. We took a lunch break at the lovely Loring Park. After lunch, we continued to another pumped-up cheering station at B.H. Nelson Park, with impressive views of Minneapolis. After an incredible 18.6 miles, we arrived at camp in Harvest Park in Maplewood, 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. The day started with balmy skies and cloud cover, and the friendly Twin Cities community came out in full support, complete with puppies and babies in pink tutus at the Holiday Inn Express Cheering Station. Vadnais Lake gave sore legs and tired minds some serenity, and a rocking cheering station at Ramsey County Island Park, complete with cheerleaders, helped us put an extra pep in our step. The community came out again to rally at Acorn Park in Roseville. Even conquering a few hills on Gramsie in Shoreview couldn’t dampen the excitement for lunch at Island Lake Elementary School. After hydrating and eating, we strolled across bridges at the picturesque Gervais Mill Park before heading back to camp, where we heard from more amazing members of our Komen 3-Day family, including Cassie of team Cassie’s Cups, who’s currently fighting breast cancer for the third time. Her moving story set the stage for sisters Ashley H. and Nicole L., who again reminded us of the many reasons why we walk. We ended the night with stars lighting up the sky as the 3-Day Dance Party kicked off, and then it was back into our pink tents for some serious slumber before taking on the final day of walking.
A little bit of rain came down before Day 3 officially began, but the skies cleared up just in time for our last 17.5 miles. The community came out to support us at Northwood Park, passing out popsicles and iced coffee. The cloud cover lasted through Beaver Lake Park, where a serene lake shimmered in the distance as upbeat music kept us pumped. Next on the route was Indian Mounds Park, and we were treated to sweeping views of the St. Paul skyline. After a beautiful photo op sitting on Jodi’s Couch, a Twin Cities 3-Day landmark for the past nine years, we moved on to pit stop 3. We fueled up and “rotated our socks” at the 3-Day Speedway themed pit stop. The last few miles of the route stretched through beautiful downtown St. Paul, ending at the Minneapolis State Capitol where the white and gold dome of the capitol gleamed in the sun. Our 750 walkers, 225 crew members and volunteers victoriously marched through the courtyard, and reminded us once again why these 60 miles and 3 days are so very important. Norm completed the Ice Bucket Challenge on stage and then challenged several members of the 3-Day® family to do the same. We kicked off one last Twin Cities 3-Day Dance Party, and as the crowd of walkers, crew, volunteers and supporters danced joyously together, we celebrated being three days, $2 million dollars, and sixty miles closer to ending breast cancer forever. It was an amazing end to a beautiful weekend.
The more than $2 million we raised will help Susan G. Komen® save lives.
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