Breast Cancer Walks for 2016-2017

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 2016 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: 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: 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.

  • Michigan: Aug. 5-7, 2016
  • Twin Cities: Aug. 19-21, 2016
  • Seattle: Sep. 16-18, 2016
  • Philadelphia Oct. 14-16, 2016
  • Atlanta: Oct. 7-9, 2016
  • Dallas/Fort Worth:  Nov. 4-6, 2016
  • San Diego: Nov. 18-20, 2016

Weekend to End Women's Cancer Walks: one-day walks in two Canadian cities. The two participating events have changed their focus and are now the One Walk to Conquer Cancer.

  • One Walk to Conquer Cancer: Toronto, ON. August 20, 2016. This is a 25-kilometer one-day walk.
  • Montreal, QB: August 20, 2016 ​One Walk to Conquer Cancer. This 25-kilometer one-day walk is hosted by the Jewish General Hospital.

    Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure: These run/walks are held in numerous cities. They usually feature a short 5 kilometer route. Check the current schedule.

    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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