20-Mile Walkers

20-Mile Walker

If you are registered as a 20-mile walker, you’ll notice that some of this information will not apply to you. However, we encourage you to read it over anyway to give you a full picture of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® experience.

You must pick your credential up at the black tent outside our Command Center (a big pink trailer) at the Komen 3-Day camp at Germantown Academy between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. If you have not completed online check-in, you can complete check-in there between 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Temporary parking will be available at Germantown Academy, in parking lots 5 or 6.

You may choose to tent overnight at camp on Saturday evening with the rest of the 3-Day® participants.

If you are spending the night at camp, please plan to arrive early so that you have ample time to set up your tent. All 20-mile walkers are invited to join us at a dedicated Welcome Reception at 5:00 p.m. to meet your local staff, mingle with other 20-mile walkers, and receive important updates about Sunday’s route. If you are not spending the night at camp, temporary parking will be available on Saturday night so that you may check-in and attend the reception. Dinner will be served at camp from 4:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Breakfast will be served at camp Sunday morning between 5:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. Busses will transport walkers to the route between 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. and all walkers must be walking on the route by 7:30 a.m. There is no Sunday parking available at the 3-Day camp at Germantown Academy.

If you are staying at a host hotel under the 3-Day rate, you can take the 3-Day shuttle to camp at Germantown Academy in the morning and back to the hotel on Sunday after the Closing Ceremony. If you are not staying at a 3-Day host hotel, you can either park at The Navy Yard, or get dropped off at camp at Germantown Academy and picked up after the Closing Ceremony at The Navy Yard. Please note: All 20-mile walkers will need to check-in at camp on Saturday evening to receive their credential before walking the route. If you have any questions or are unable to pick up your credential during that time frame, your local coach will be happy to discuss your options.

Packing

Packing

Your gear bag should weigh no more than 35 pounds, including your sleeping bag. Keep in mind that you will need to carry this bag a total of four times during the course of the event, and crew members will carry your bag several times as they pack and unpack the gear and tent trucks. Easily toted bags with wheels are the best choice.

Pack your sleeping bag inside of your gear bag. If that is not possible, you can strap your sleeping bag to the outside of the bag, but please don’t use bungee cords, which can snap and injure crew members. We will be camping outdoors this year. If the weather forecast calls for rain, bring plastic sheeting or tarps for your tent and pack your clothing and gear in plastic bags inside your luggage. And don’t forget to bring something to make your tent fun and festive for our tent decorating contest.

Please avoid bringing any valuables with you. The 3-Day assumes no liability for the replacement of lost items. So mark your bag clearly with your name and Participant ID number ( Please log in to see your participant ID number).

We will provide water and sports drink in large dispensers, not in individual bottles, so you must bring your own water bottle to the event. Thank you for helping to make our event gentler on the environment.

Packing Checklist—Walkers
Packing Checklist—Crew
Packing Checklist—20-Mile Walkers

Here are some miscellaneous items that many people forget:

  • Reusable cup or plastic mug for camp
  • Earplugs
  • Tent decorations (The winner of the 3-Day tent decorating competition will take home a special legacy pin and ribbon)
  • 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 (use it to get a fast pass to the front of the massage chair line)

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
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • 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:

  • Donations
  • Valuables
  • 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 hairdryers available in the shower area for your use.

Stay Informed and Connected
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 TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and post your own updates and photos using the hashtag #The3Day and #PHL3DAY.

All-Crew Kick-Off

Crew

All crew members must attend the All-Crew Kick-Off on Thursday at Willow Grove Park Mall.

Schedule for the Day:
1:30 p.m.—Youth Corp members arrive
2:30 p.m.—Drivers Training
3:00 p.m.—Crew members arrive
3:30 p.m.—All-Crew Huddle
4:00 p.m.—Crew Team Meetings

Please bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Printed credential
  • Driver's license 
  • Rain gear, if the forecast calls for rain 
  • Snacks 
  • Sunscreen 
  • A great attitude!

Day One: Friday

Opening Ceremony

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, if you have one from a past 3-Day).
  • There will be some continental breakfast snacks at the first pit stop, but not a full meal, so you should eat breakfast before you arrive.
  • We do not accept donations on the event, so mail any donations you have collected before you leave for the event.
  • 6:00 a.m. - 6:30 a.m.: Walkers should arrive. (Crew members: Check with your captain for your arrival time.)
  • If you have completed online check-in but have lost or forgotten your credential, go to the Late Check-In tent to receive a temporary credential for the day. When you walk into camp at the end of the day, please go to the Command Center to receive another copy of your event 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. Write your Tent Assignment on your luggage tag.
  • Take a moment to write the names of the loved ones you have lost to breast cancer on the white memorial flag.
  • 7:00 a.m.: Opening Ceremony begins with stretching.
  • If you are walking by yourself and want to meet up with other solo walkers, meet by the photo banners after the Opening Ceremony or at lunch. Check our Facebook page the night before the 3-Day for the exact location.

Follow this link to view driving and parking directions. There will not be an official 3-Day long-term parking lot. This option was discontinued in 2017 due to lack of use and the increase in ride share options like Lyft and Uber. Because of this, fewer participants have been using the long-term parking option. Contact your coach if you have questions about parking.

The Route

Route

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 7:00 a.m., and close at 7:00 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 below.

Friday: Approximately 19.7 miles
The Philadelphia 3-Day will begin with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Willow Grove Park Mall. From there you will make your way through Ambler and Chestnut Hill, past Morris Arboretum on our way to camp at Germantown Academy, our home away from home for the weekend.

Saturday: Approximately 20.5 miles
On Saturday morning, we'll rise and shine, ready to hit the trail. The day's route will find us on Wissahickon trail, and in Chestnut Hill, Manayunk and Roxoborough. In an effort to keep the daily mileage at a safe distance as well as incorporate Manayunk into your experience you will be taking a 10-minute shuttle ride from pit stop 4 to approximately one quarter mile out from camp. Then it's back to Germantown Academy for another night of community, camaraderie and fun.

Sunday: Approximately 17.4 miles
The final day of our journey includes a walking tour of Philadelphia's famous sites including:  Philadelphia Zoo, MLK Dr., Falls Bridge, Kelly Drive, Boathouse Row, The Art Museum, Rocky Steps, Eakins Oval/Ben Franklin Parkway, Love Statue, City Hall/Dilworth Park, Reading Terminal Market, Chinatown, Franklin Square, Elfreth’s Alley, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Washington Square, Italian Market, Geno’s and Pat’s, Marconi Plaza, and The Navy Yard, where we'll have our celebratory Closing Ceremony. Read more about the route on our blog.

On some portions of the route you may find 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 safe pace and to ensure that you complete your walking while it is still light out. 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 to the lunch stop (or camp, if you have already passed the lunch stop). A “caboose” will be following the last walker on the route. If you are falling behind schedule, you will be given the option to take a sweep van to the next pit stop if you cannot increase your pace. Read more about cabooses, sweeps and route hours on our blog.

If you are out on the route and unable to continue walking, a sweep van can pick you up and transport you to the next pit stop. 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 van. If you board a Lunch & Camp shuttle van prior to lunch you will be taken directly to lunch. If you board a Lunch & Camp shuttle van after lunch, you will be taken directly to camp.

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.

Meals and Snacks

Meals and Snacks

At each pit stop there will be an assortment of snacks including mandarins, 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.

Safety

Safety Monitor

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.

Alcohol Restrictions

No Alcohol

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 permitted.

Cheering Stations

Cheering Stations

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, August 25

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., Opening Ceremony
Willow Grove Park Mall
2500 W Moreland Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Mile Marker 9.7
Chestnut Hill
Germantown Avenue (between Gravers & Hartwell Lanes)
Philadelphia, PA 19118  

11:50 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mile Marker 15.4
Bethlehem Pike
between Wissahickon Avenue and Mill Road
Flourtown, PA 19031

Saturday, August 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m., Mile Marker 4
Bethlehem Pike
between Wissahickon Avenue and Mill Road
Flourtown, PA 19031

10:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Mile Marker 15.7
Andorra Shopping Center
701 Cathedral Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128

11:55 a.m. - 6:20 p.m., Mile Marker 20.1
Bethlehem Pike
between Wissahickon Avenue and Mill Road
Flourtown, PA 19031

Sunday, August 27

8:20 a.m. - 9:55 a.m., Mile Marker 5.1
Gillin Boathouse Parking Lot
2200 Kelly Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19129

9:25 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Mile Marker 8.6
Sister Cities Park
210 N. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Closing Ceremony
The Navy Yard
1201 Constitution Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19112

Camp Life

Camp

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 Germantown Academy. 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 (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.), you can invite your friends and family (but please, leave the pets at home). We’ll have games, community entertainment and a dance party to end the night. Saturday night’s dinner (BBQ chicken with mac & cheese, or black bean burgers) is for participants only and seating for visitors will be limited, so ask your friends and family to bring a picnic blanket and dinner. All visitors must depart camp by 8:00 p.m.

Parking for visitors is available at Germantown Academy, in parking lots 5 or 6.

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. - 8:00 p.m. and our camp program will be presented at 7:00 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 5:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 5:00 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. Afternoon camp opens at 12:00 p.m. Dinner is served from 4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and our camp program will be presented at 7:00 p.m.

On Sunday, breakfast will be served between 5:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. (breakfast for early crew begins at 4:30 a.m.). All camp services will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. Morning Camp closes and all walkers must be on a bus to the route by 7:00 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 the Original Mattress Factory. All visitors must depart camp by 8:30 p.m.

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.

3-Day Lounge: Kick back and relax! Enjoy special treats and drinks while socializing with your new friends, visit the trail mix bar (Friday only), read a magazine in 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 Treat if you see the icon on your credential.

Please stop by the 3-Day Lounge to pick up any legacy pins you have earned:
Walker
Crew
Youth Corps
20-Mile Walker
Breast Cancer Survivor
Commitment Club
Commitment+ Club
New Walker
Team Captain
Training Walk Leader
Raised $3,000+ in 2017
Raised $5,000+ in 2017
Raised $10,000+ in 2017
Raised $15,000+ in 2017
Raised $20,000+ in 2017
Raised $25,000+ Lifetime
Raised $50,000+ Lifetime
Raised $100,000+ Lifetime
Raised $150,000+ Lifetime
Raised $250,000+ Lifetime
Crew Member Raised $500+
Participated in the 3-Day for 5 years or more
Participated in the 3-Day for 10 years or more
Participated in the 3-Day for 15 years or more
Crew Power Team

Fundraising rewards are also available for the following fundraising achievements. Please stop by the 3-Day Lounge to pick up what you have earned:
Raised $5,000+ in 2017
Raised $10,000+ in 2017
Raised $15,000+ in 2017
Raised $20,000+ in 2017
Raised $50,000+ Lifetime
Raised $100,000+ Lifetime

massage chairs

Bank of America looks forward to seeing you at the 3-Day! We have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with Susan G. Komen® during the past eight years and look forward to our continued partnership in 2017.

At the 3-Day, we invite you to stop by our tent on Main Street for some pampering in our massage chairs. It’s our way of helping you reach 60 miles! New for this year, our Pink Ribbon Banking cardholders will be treated to their own designated massage chairs and will have the opportunity to spin our prize wheel for a special Komen prize, so make sure to bring your Pink Ribbon Banking card!

Also new for this year, Bank of America invites you to relax and unwind on your 3-Day journey with some fun and games. We’ll have a mini-golf course and some skee-ball available for walkers to enjoy at camp.

Bank of America would like to thank you for taking part in such an incredible and important cause. We are thrilled to be part of these events with you and look forward to an amazing 2017 3-Day season with Komen!

Merchandise

There will be limited quantities of 3-Day merchandise for sale in camp.

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.

Kindness
Kindness Rocks 
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.

Day Three: Sunday

Victory Walk

On the third day of the event, we’ll gather together in the Participant Finish Area at The Navy Yard 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 emotional Victory Walk into the Closing Ceremony.

Your gear bag can be picked up at the Closing Ceremony. 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.

The Closing Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at:
The Navy Yard
1201 Constitution Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19112

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.

Public Transportation: On the weekend, the Rt. 17 SEPTA bus line services The Navy Yard. Visit www.septa.com for more information.

Taxi Services:
Liberty Cab Company: 215-389-8000
All City Taxi: 215-467-6666
Pick-up location for Taxi/Uber/Lyft: 13th and Intrepid

 

*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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