Breast Cancer Walks for 2020

Put your feet to work with fundraising walks

Women participating in breast cancer awareness walk

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Over 330,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Cancer could affect anyone in your family—including you. To help stop the disease in its tracks, 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 start raising the funds that can help end breast cancer.

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 three to five miles in length and are non-competitive. Participation, which will 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. They 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 in four U.S. cities. These walks require a minimum of $2,300 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. 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.

3-Day 2020 Walk Dates

  • New England: Aug. 14–16, 2020
  • Chicago: Sep. 11–13, 2020
  • Dallas/Fort Worth: Nov. 6–8, 2020
  • San Diego: Nov. 20–22, 2020

Note that if you're just looking for a taste of the 3-Day Walk or you can't commit to three days and 60 miles, you can join the walk for one day (you'll also get to attend the celebratory closing ceremony). In order 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—more than 100 in the United States and globally in 2020. They 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 very large events with thousands of participants, including survivors, family, friends, and supporters.

OneWalk to Conquer Cancer

OneWalk to Conquer Cancer walks are held in Toronto, Ontario. 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 of two of the walks is over 15 miles, a challenge greater than walking a half marathon.

In 2020, OneWalk to Conquer Cancer events will be held on September 11 and 12. The OneWalk City Nights is a 15K (9-mile) night walk through downtown Toronto on September 11. The OneWalk Day Trip through Boyd Conservation Area is offered in 15K (9-mile) or 25K (15.5-mile) distances on September 12.

If you're looking for a bigger challenge, you can also register for the OneWalk Day + Night option to participate in both events. The walks benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five cancer research centers in the world.

A Word From Verywell

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.

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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