Breast Cancer Walks for 2017

Put Your Feet to Work with Fundraising Walks

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Jim Rogash/Getty Images Sports

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Millions of people join in single-day charity walks for the cause. The multi-day and single-day breast cancer walks have announced their 2017 walking season. Plan now to begin to train for these walks and to begin to raise the funds that can end breast cancer.

Avon 39 the Walk to End Breast Cancer

Avon 39 the Walk to End Breast Cancer: two-day walks in seven US cities.

These walks involve walking up to 39 miles over two days, camping overnight. You can choose to walk a half marathon each day or to walk a marathon on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. A minimum fundraising amount of $1800 is required to participate.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks: Three-day walks in seven US cities. These walks require a minimum $2300 fundraising to participate. Walkers walk up to 20 miles per day for three days and camp overnight two nights. This is a significant endurance challenge.

  • Michigan: Aug. 4-6, 2017
  • Twin Cities: Aug. 18-20, 2017
  • Philadelphia Aug. 25-27, 2017
  • Seattle: Sep. 15-17, 2017
  • Atlanta: Oct. 13-15, 2017
  • Dallas/Fort Worth:  Nov. 4-6, 2016, Nov. 3-5, 2017
  • San Diego: Nov. 18-20, 2016, Nov. 17-19, 2017

OneWalk to Conquer Cancer

OneWalk to Conquer Cancer walks are one-day, 25-kilometer walks in Canadian cities.

Formerly, they had a breast cancer focus and then a women's cancer focus, but now they raise funds to battle all forms of cancer. The walking distance is over 15 miles, a challenge greater than walking a half marathon. You should train to participate so you can enjoy the party at the end.

  • One Walk to Conquer Cancer: Toronto, ON. September 9, 2017. Benefits the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
  • Montreal, QB: ​One Walk to Conquer Cancer. Usually held in August. Hosted by the Jewish General Hospital.
  • Calgary, AB: OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, June 24, 2017. Benefits the Alberta Cancer Center.

More Breast Cancer Walks

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure: These run/walks are held in numerous cities. They usually feature a short 5-kilometer (three-mile) route. Check the current schedule for one in your area. They often are very large events with thousands of particpants, including survivors, family, friends, and supporters.

Walking a Breast Cancer Walk

I've had some of my best walking experiences ever on the Avon Walk and on the 3-Day Walk. The spirit is tremendous and the walking support is super. Whether you have friends or family members with breast cancer or are a survivor yourself, joining in these walks is both an emotional and physical experience.

Many studies have shown the benefits of physical exercise to reduce the risk of breast cancer and to improve the quality of life and longevity of breast cancer survivors. Registering for one of these challenging walks is a great way to motivate yourself to do your walking workouts.

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