Breast Cancer Walks for 2018

Put your feet to work with fundraising walks

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
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Millions of people join in single-day breast cancer charity walks for the cause, and thousands more participate in challenging multi-day breast cancer walks. 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 events are two-day walks held in seven U.S. cities. These walks involve walking up to 39 miles over two days and 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.

  • Houston, TX April 21–22, 2018
  • Washington, DC May 5–6, 2018
  • Chicago, IL June 9–10, 2018
  • Boston, MA June 23–24, 2018
  • San Francisco July 14–15, 2018
  • Santa Barbara September 8–9, 2018
  • New York  October 20–21, 2018

These walks require significant training to complete. Following a  training schedule for the whole-and-half marathon or for back-to-back half marathons will help you make it to the finish line.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks

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

  • Michigan: Aug. 3–5, 2018
  • Twin Cities: Aug. 17–19, 2018
  • Philadelphia Sep. 28–30, 2018
  • Seattle: Sep. 14–16, 2018
  • Atlanta: Oct. 12–14, 2018
  • Dallas/Fort Worth:  Nov. 2–4, 2018
  • San Diego: Nov. 16–18, 2018

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. Canadian walks include:

  • One Walk to Conquer Cancer: Toronto, Ontario. For 2018, they will have a 15-kilometer night walk on September 7, and a 25-kilometer walk and a 40-kilometer marathon on September 8. Benefits the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
  • Calgary, Alberta: OneWalk to Conquer Cancer. Date not announced for 2018, usually held in June. Benefits the Alberta Cancer Center.

The event was also formerly held in Montreal but has not been scheduled for that city since 2016.

More Breast Cancer Walks

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events are run/walks are held in numerous cities. They usually feature a short 5-kilometer (3-mile) route. Check the current schedule for one in your area. They often are very large events with thousands of participants, including survivors, family, friends, and supporters.

Walking a Breast Cancer Walk

Walkers talk of supreme walking experiences at 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 a memorable 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.