Breast Cancer Walks for 2019

Put your feet to work with fundraising walks

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Nearly 270,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. That could be anyone in your family or even 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 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 seven U.S. cities. These walks require a minimum $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 you need it.

3-Day Walk Dates

  • Michigan: Aug. 2–4, 2019
  • Twin Cities: Aug. 16–18, 2019
  • New England Sep. 6-8, 2019
  • Seattle: Sep. 13–15, 2019
  • Philadelphia: Oct. 18–20, 2019
  • Dallas/Fort Worth: Nov. 1–3, 2019
  • San Diego: Nov. 15–17, 2019

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 20-mile walker, you'll agree to raise a minimum of $750.

Komen Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events are run/walks held in numerous cities—more than 50 in the U.S. in 2019, and more than 140 globally. They usually feature a short five-kilometer (three-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, Canadian. 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. You should train to participate so you can enjoy the party at the end.

In 2019, OneWalk to Conquer Cancer will have three events. The OneWalk City Nights is a 15-kilometer (nine-mile) night walk through downtown Toronto on September 6, and the OneWalk Day Trip, a 25-kilometer (15.5-mile) trek outside the greater Toronto area on September 7. If you're looking for a bigger challenge, you can also register for both the Day + Night option. The walks benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five cancer research centers in the world.

Walking a Breast Cancer Walk

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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