The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day kicked off on the morning of August 23rd with a wonderful sunrise over the Southdale Mall. The Opening Ceremony pumped up over 1000 walkers and crew members with stretching and Zumba. Dr. Sheri electrified the crowd, as did the stories of breast cancer survivors and flag bearers who led the walkers out onto the streets of Edina. Many private cheering stations were set up to encourage us along the 20.4-mile route. Friday's lunch stop was near the sculpture garden, a perfect spot for photographs. Along the way, we also enjoyed the architecture of Minneapolis and waterfront walks around Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles and the Mississippi River. After we arrived to camp in Maplewood, we enjoyed two local singing groups during dinner and the awards for top fundraisers as well as games from sponsors Bank of America and New Balance.
Saturday's 22.3-mile route traveled through the neighborhoods of Maplewood, Roseville, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights amid sunny and warming temperatures. We enjoyed a women's drumline and a local juice company helped keep us hydrated and moving. Thanks to strong community support, private cheering stations dotted the course on Saturday with misters that helped keep us cool, along with fruit and treats. Back at camp, the Satin Dolls entertained us during dinner, and survivors shared their personal stories of breast cancer. After the Youth Corps' stirring remarks about their involvement in the fight to end breast cancer and a quick dance party, we fell asleep in our tents under humid but clear skies.
On Sunday, the 17.8-mile route was reduced to 7.7 miles due to safety concerns, as a result of a serious rise in temperatures. But even a shortened route and incredible heat couldn't stop our resolve to end breast cancer forever. We were moved to a starting point about halfway through the planned route and enjoyed the parks and trees of St. Paul. We were cheered on by many private individuals and homes that had set up stations to hand out water, juice and treats. The route included several large parks and wooded areas, offering some shade to combat the hot temperature. Once we approached the Mississippi River, we traveled by the Indian Mounds, crossed the river and entered downtown St. Paul on our way to the Closing Ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. Family, friends and community members converged on the beautiful grounds, cheered us on and watched as the flag "We Will Never Give Up" was raised by breast cancer survivors.
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