Event Experience Details
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.
Check in at the 3-Day Command Center at Crown Point Shores (3700 Crown Point Drive, San Diego, CA 92109) at 6:00 a.m., even if you've already gone through online check-in. The route will open at 6:30 a.m. Enjoy a hot breakfast in the dining tent, served between 4:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. All walkers must be on the route by 7:15 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, enter camp off of Crown Point Dr. onto Corona Oriente. Pass Moorland Dr. (main exit) and follow to Command Center Parking Lot just adjacent to the Dining Tent. Stopping, loading/unloading and pick ups are NOT allowed on Crown Point Drive and the San Diego Police will be enforcing this throughout the event weekend.
The route will close at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, but you are invited to stay at the 3-Day camp to pick up your Victory T-shirt in the Command Center, enjoy dinner and some other fun activities, including special drinks and a photo op in the 3-Day Lounge. 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 Petco Park at 4:30 p.m. in your Victory T-shirt. 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.
Here are a few miscellaneous items that many people forget:
- Reusable cup or plastic mug for camp
- Battery operated alarm clock and watch
- Tent decorations (The winner of the 3-Day tent decorating competition will take home a special legacy pin.)
- Journal and pens
- Sweat-proof sunscreen
- Hat, visor or bandana
- Extra shoes or flip-flops for wearing at camp and after the event
- Pink Ribbon Banking card (show it at the Bank of America Extra Mile hospitality area in camp to receive extra pampering, including a hands-on massage)
- Sleeping pad
The following items should be carried with you while you’re on the route:
- Water bottle - We will provide water and sports drink in large dispensers, not in individual bottles, so you must bring your own water bottle. Wide-mouth bottles will be easier to refill.
- Identification, including your event credential
- Money, credit card, medical insurance card
- 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
- Insect repellent
- Snacks if you have special medical or dietary needs
Do Not Bring:
- Camp chairs, tent stakes, cots or anything that could pierce the camp ground
- Electric devices. There will be limited availability to phone charging stations and electrical outlets at camp on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your charging cord with you. There will also be a few hairdryers available in the shower area for your use.
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 to 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 and #SD3DAY. Contribute to our themed photo challenge and you could be featured on our Instagram.
All crew members must attend the All-Crew Kick-Off on Thursday at Del Mar Fairgrounds. The All-Crew Kick-Off will last approximately two hours, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 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:
- Water bottle
- Printed credential
- Driver's license
- Rain gear, if the forecast calls for rain
- 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.
- 4:30 a.m.: Crew members should arrive.
- 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 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 Reprints in the Late Check-In tent. We anticipate that there will be a significant wait time in the reprints line though, so try not to forget your credential!
- 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.
- If you signed up for Bank of America® 3-Day Connections™, pick up your tag at the Bank of America tent.
- 6:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony begins with community stretching.
- If you are walking by yourself, you can meet up with other solo walkers at the “A World Without Breast Cancer” banner after the Opening Ceremony. Check our Facebook page on Thursday for the exact location.
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 at 6:30 a.m. (6:45 a.m. on Sunday) and close at 5:30 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 20.2 miles
The San Diego 3-Day will begin with an inspirational Opening Ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. We'll walk along the coast for the first half of the day, enjoying breathtaking views of Del Mar and Torrey Pines. (Please note: Torrey Pines Reserve has strict rules about what is allowed while walking through: No food or drink (water is ok), no feather boas, stickers or pompoms, no amplified music.) After lunch on the beach, the route will continue south through La Jolla and Pacific Beach, finishing in Mission Bay Park. We’ll wrap up our day arriving at camp at Crown Point Shores, our home away from home for the weekend.
Saturday: Approximately 19 miles
On Saturday morning, we'll rise and shine, ready to hit the trail. We'll walk by SeaWorld before heading towards the ocean. The route will showcase the eclectic neighborhood of Ocean Beach, the quaint community of Point Loma, and the beautiful homes along the ocean in the Sunset Cliffs area. Then we'll enjoy lunch in a beautiful park next to the bay. The second half of the route will travel along the ocean boardwalk in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach before heading east. Then it's back to camp for another night of community, camaraderie and fun.
Sunday: Approximately 16.3 miles
The final day of our journey will begin with a tour through the hip Pacific Beach neighborhood, heading to the pedestrian path on the east side of Mission Bay Park. Before lunch, we will walk through the “fiesta” in historic Old Town. After lunch in Mission Hills, the route will tour Hillcrest, Bankers Hill and Little Italy. The route will enter downtown and include a scenic tour along the waterfront through Seaport Village. The Participant Finish Area will be at the Embarcadero South Park and will be followed by a Victory Walk to the celebratory Closing Ceremony at Petco Park.
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. It may not depart immediately, so please wait patiently until its scheduled departure time.
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.
At each pit stop there will be an assortment of snacks including oranges, bananas, potato chips, carrots, peanuts, pretzels and more (as supplies last). 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 night we'll have an Italian pasta dinner, and Saturday night's meal will be BBQ chicken (or black bean burger) with mac & cheese.
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 priority 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, November 20
6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
7:40 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., Mile Marker 2.5
En Fuego Cantina Restaurant
1342 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92104
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Mile Marker 10.6
UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography
8580 La Jolla Shores Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mile Marker 18.5
4275 Cass Street
San Diego, CA 92109
Saturday, November 21
7:45 a.m. - 9:25 a.m., Mile Marker 4.3
Robb Field South
2525 Bacon St.
San Diego, CA 92107
Note: Please park in designated parking spaces only. Parking on the grass or fields is illegal and subject to tow.
9:50 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Mile Marker 12
Robb Field North
2525 Bacon St.
San Diego, CA 92107
Note: Please park in designated parking spaces only. Parking on the grass or fields is illegal and subject to tow.
11:05 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Mile Marker 15.1
South Mission Beach Park
2600 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
Sunday, November 22
8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m., Mile Marker 4.7
San Diego Visitor Information
2688 E. Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, CA 92109
11:25 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Mile Marker 14.5
Waterfront Park North
N Harbor Drive & W Grape Street
San Diego, CA 92101
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Before the Closing Ceremony, friends and family are welcome to join their loved ones at the Participant Finish Area at Embarcadero Park South but there will be NO PUBLIC PARKING available at Embarcadero Park South. The closest parking to the park is at the public parking garages located at the Convention Center and the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel off of Harbor Drive. Please keep in mind that participant gear will be located at the Closing Ceremony location at Petco Park, Lexus Premier Lot D. Additional parking is available around Petco Park in neighboring garages and street side. Please plan accordingly.
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 Crown Point Shores. 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 Italian pasta dinner and entertainment 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 the pets at home) for a big party. We’ll have games and entertainment for adults and kids. Saturday night’s dinner (BBQ chicken with mac & cheese, or black bean burgers) in the dining area at camp is for participants only and seating for visitors will be limited, so please remind your friends and family to bring a picnic blanket and dinner. All visitors must depart camp by 8:30 p.m.
Visitor Parking: Parking for visitors is available at Ski Beach Park on Vacation Isle just south of Crown Point Shores. Enter off of Ingraham Street. Make an immediate left on Vacation Road to access the parking lot and shuttles to camp. Stopping, loading/unloading and pick ups are NOT allowed on Crown Point Drive and the San Diego Police will be enforcing this throughout the event weekend.
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. - 7:00 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 4:00 a.m.). All camp services will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on the route by 7:15 a.m. Afternoon camp opens at 12:00 p.m.
On Sunday, breakfast will be served between 4:45 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 4:15 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 will be able to park at Ski Beach Park. All visitors must depart camp by 8:30 p.m.
3-Day Lounge: Kick back and relax! Enjoy special treats and drinks while socializing with your new friends, visit the trail mix bar, spend some quiet time with a magazine and a comfy chair, take a picture with friends, check the 3-Day Post Office to see if you’ve received mail from a loved one at home and pick up a Sweet Dreams treat if a kind supporter treated you. Show your registration confirmation for the 2016 3-Day and you’ll get a special gift, only available at the Lounge.
If you meet any of the following criteria, please stop by the 3-Day Lounge to pick up the legacy pins you have earned:
- Team Captain
- Training Walk Leader
- Raised $3,000+
- Raised $5,000+
- Raised $10,000+
- Raised $15,000+
- Raised $20,000+
- Crew Member Raised $500+
- Participated in the 3-Day for 5 years or more
- Participated in the 3-Day for 10 years or more
- Walker Power Team
- Crew Power Team
- (Walker and Crew legacy pins can be picked up at the Opening Ceremony and All-Crew Kick-Off, respectively.)
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*.
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 the pink Information Tent near the entrance to camp. 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 note that stopping, loading/unloading and pick ups are NOT allowed on Crown Point Drive and the San Diego Police will be enforcing this throughout the event weekend. There are locations in the surrounding neighborhood to pull over and park. Please prearrange a location with your loved ones prior to their arrival at Crown Point Shores.
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. Items on sale at the event will be limited and unique items only available on event. 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.
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.
On the third day of the event, we’ll gather together in the Participant Finish Area (Embarcadero Park South) by 4:00 p.m. and line up for our final Victory Walk. The Participant Finish Area is where you will receive your Victory T-shirt, cheer on your fellow walkers and crew members, and gather together before the inspiring Victory Walk into the Closing Ceremony.
Your gear bag can be picked up at the Closing Ceremony (Petco Park, Lexus Premier Lot D). 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.
Friends and family are welcome to join their loved ones at the Participant Finish Area but there will be NO PUBLIC PARKING available at Embarcadero Park South. The closest parking to the park is at the public parking garages located at the Convention Center and the San Diego Hilton Bayfront Hotel off of Harbor Drive. Please keep in mind that participant gear will be located at the Closing Ceremony location at Petco Park, Lexus Premier Lot D. Additional parking is available around Petco Park in neighboring garages and street side. Please plan accordingly.
The Closing Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at:
100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
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. They should be prepared for traffic congestion at the site, both before and after the ceremony.
*For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of this card or to apply, visit BankofAmerica.com/komen.
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