Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks

3-Day Walk Survivors
3-Day Walk Survivors. Wendy Bumgardner © 2001

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks are challenging and exciting events held in multiple US cities each year to benefit breast cancer causes. Walkers are challenged to walk approximately 20 miles a day for three days. They camp out each night in a tent city. All meals, snacks, and trail support are provided. Each walker must raise a minimum of $2300 in donations to participate.

Dates and Locations of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks

  • 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

There will be no walks in 2017 in these former locations: Tampa Bay, Arizona, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington DC.


The registration fee is $90. Register online or by mail. Once registered you will receive your training packet and be assigned to a coach. Orientation sessions are held in the walk cities, and walk training groups are held in many locations. The event is open to both men and women, age 16 and above. Minors must participate with their parent or legal guardian.

All walkers are required to have health insurance during the event.


Each walker must collect $2300 in donations in order to participate. Donations may be collected by cash, credit card, or check.

Each participant can set up a personal web page on the 3-Day Walk site to make it easy to collect donations online. Walker coaches provide advice on how to host a fundraising party and how to ask for donations. The Susan G Komen for the Cure organization disburses the funds to worthy breast cancer charities.


Walking for 20 miles a day for three days is a very challenging endurance event. Proper training is necessary, similar to training to walk a marathon. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure provides training advice, group training walks, and a coach to assist walkers in their training and in selecting the right clothing, shoes, and gear.

Walking the Event

The event provides full support during the walk - marked trail, stops every 2-3 miles for water, sports drink, snacks. Lunch on the route. First aid and blister care. Sweep vans patrol the route looking for walkers who need assistance. Walkers may end their day's walk at any of the stops along the way and be taken to camp. There is no penalty for failing to complete the total distance each day, and for safety's sake people should not overextend themselves.


Each day ends at camp where hot showers and a hot meal are provided. Walkers are assigned to 2-person tents. Each walker provides his/her own sleeping bag and pad. Clothing and gear are transported for the walkers, but there are weight limitations.

Each evening there is entertainment. Walkers are encouraged to stay at camp rather than arrange other accommodation.


The event depends on volunteer crew members to support the walkers in everything from setting up the camp, serving the walkers at the stops on the route, marking the route, serving meals, patrolling the route, etc. Crew members also register for $90 and are provided the same meals and camping accommodations as the walkers.


Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks goes to the foundation activities, building awareness and raising funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs since 1982. Twenty-five percent helps fund local community and Affiliate support and
outreach programs. The walks raised $800 million from 2003 - 2016.

Incredible Spirit

Many people, like me, found the 3-Day Walk to be an inspiring and even life-changing event. We came to the walk for various reasons - to fight breast cancer, to do a challenging walk, etc. While at the event we encountered Human Kindness on a level often missing in daily life. While we were hot, exhausted, and foot sore, we were there together, for each other, and being pampered by the volunteer crew who were likewise hot, exhausted, and footsore! Whining is not allowed. Unkindness is not allowed. Tears of joy and hugs are allowed.

Incredible Good

For the final walk into the finish, cheered by our friends and relatives, we each felt we had really DONE SOMETHING. And unlike the marathons I've done - not for myself, but for every woman and man who is touched by breast cancer. At each closing ceremony, a huge check was presented to a medical research center or community outreach group for the fight against breast cancer. Can we change the world by walking? Yes.

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