Breast Cancer Walks for 2021

Put your feet to work with fundraising walks

Women participating in breast cancer awareness walk

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Over 276,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Cancer can affect anyone in your family—including you. To help raise awareness about cancer prevention and treatment and to raise funds for research, millions of people join in single-day breast cancer charity walks. Thousands more participate in challenging multi-day breast cancer walks.

Plan now to begin to train for these walks and to raise the funds that can help end breast cancer.

Special Pandemic Considerations

Be sure to double-check race times and dates before your event. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many schedules remain uncertain. Some events may be canceled, postponed, and/or raced virtually with participants logging miles on their own rather than walking in a crowd. If your race is on, be sure to wear a mask and aim to keep social distance to avoid catching (or spreading) COVID-19.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society hosts Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in dozens of locations throughout the U.S. These walks are 3 to 5 miles in length and are non-competitive. Participation, which is estimated to reach 1.2 million walkers, is free, and there's no minimum fundraising requirement.

You may register as an individual or part of a team. You can then raise funds for breast cancer research, information, and support. Event organizers provide an app and fundraising suggestions to assist you.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walks are three-day walks held annually in four U.S. cities. These walks require a minimum of $2,300 in fundraising to participate. Walkers walk up to 20 miles per day for three days and camp overnight for two nights.

This is a significant endurance challenge. Worried you can't walk that far? Fear not—safety is a major concern at these events. If you're unable to continue walking while out on the route, a support vehicle will transport you to the next pit stop or ahead to camp, where you can rest and get medical attention, if needed.

Note that if you're looking for a 3-Day Walk taste or can't commit to three days and 60 miles, you can join the walk for one day (you'll still get to attend the celebratory closing ceremony). To walk as a one-day 20-mile walker, you'll commit to raising a minimum of $750.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events are run/walks held in numerous cities—dozens are planned in the United States and globally in 2021. These events usually feature a short 5K (3-mile) route that's manageable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Check the current schedule for one in your area. They're often huge events with thousands of participants, including survivors, family, friends, and supporters. This year, some of these races are scheduled to be held virtually.

Cheryl Diamond 5K Cancer Schlep

This certified 5K course seeks to raise funds, awareness, and hope for those battling breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. The New York City race occurs on June 7, 2021, in Manhattan. Race organizers say that there are over 400 participants each year, aged 5 to 90 years old. There is also an event scheduled for April 1, 2021, in Santa Barbara, California.

You can register for the event and get more details about the inspiration for the race and how funds are used at the 5K Cancer Schlep website.

A Word From Verywell

Many breast cancer walkers talk of life-changing walking experiences at events like the 3-Day Walk. The spirit is tremendous, and the walking support is super. Participants often remark about how empowered they feel after doing the walk. It's not uncommon to hear comments like "If I can do this, I can do anything." 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.

Additionally, many studies have shown the benefits of physical exercise in reducing the risk of breast cancer and improving the quality of life and longevity of breast cancer survivors. Plus, registering for one of these challenging walks is a great way to motivate yourself to do your walking workouts.

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