Twin CitiesAugust 21-23, 2015
The 2015 Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Southdale Center in Edina, under sunny skies (wonderful while they lasted!). Then we headed out through Edina to the Mardi Bra themed pit stop 1 at Utley Park. Cheering stations in Minneapolis were set up before and after pit stop 2 (located on the shore of Lake Calhoun), where we were cheered through by the always energetic Youth Corps. One of the most photographed spots on the Day 1 route was the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where nearly every walker stopped to snap some shots in front of the huge spoon and cherry.
Just over a short foot bridge overpass, the lunch stop at Loring Park greeted us to “Boob-on Street,” another amazing Mardi Bra theme. After lunch, it was onward through a quick stop at the grab & go, then the third cheering station of the day. The crew team at pit stop 3 was out to tackle breast cancer (someone is ready for football season…) and pit stop 4’s crew were temporary police officers, out to “bust” breast cancer. Nearly 19 miles after leaving the Opening Ceremony, we were welcomed home to a spacious and scenic camp at Harvest Park in Maplewood.
On Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early, ready to hit the trail again for another great day of walking. Although forecasts for nasty evening weather were on everyone’s minds, the sun stuck around as long as it could, well into the afternoon. The communities of Little Canada, Shoreview, Maplewood and more came out in full force to support us, and that encouragement included fire stations who set up their officers, trucks and ladders, and even a refreshing water spray at one. The route took us through lovely wooded trails and parks, and since Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, of course, the route spent a lot of time on the shores of these beautiful bodies of water. Three public cheering stations, plus dozens of private cheer groups and walker stalkers meant that we were never far from another friendly face, encouraging us to keep trucking through Day 2’s 22.6 miles. With thunderstorms brewing and even a tornado watch called in the late afternoon, it became clear that we needed to head indoors, so we moved into a nearby high school gym, where the evening was filled with friendly conversations, reminiscing about the day, and a yummy pizza dinner.
Our final day of walking started with some of the gloom from Saturday night’s storms, but even a bit of wind and rain couldn’t stop us from finishing the last 18 miles with enthusiasm and determination. The route was packed with even more lakeside pathways and friendly neighborhoods as we moved into St. Paul. Nature was on full display along Beaver Lake and through the gorgeous Battle Creek Trail. We eventually made our way along Indian Mounds Park to enjoy stunning views of the downtown St. Paul skyline before crossing the river and covering the final few miles to the beautiful Participant Finish Area on Raspberry Island. We finished the weekend with a celebratory Closing Ceremony with our family and friends.
Thanks to your passion, courage and hard work, we’ve added another 1.6 million dollars to the total of $800 million raised to date! The money we raised will help Susan G. Komen® save lives. This is our promise:
We walk because we must.
We are strong because the journey demands it.
Together in body and united in spirit, we lay down our footsteps for this generation and the next.
This is our promise: a world without breast cancer!
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