(PICTURE HEAVY POST AHEAD )
I am SO glad that you all have enjoyed my recaps of Day 1 and Day 2 of the 3-Day for a Cure! I truly HOPE that some of you are inspired to join the race some day – After I finish with this last recap, I plan on doing an overall reflection post – really spilling out some details – and how you can get involved in the event (even if you don’t want to walk.. or don’t think you can fundraise $2300…)
Sunday morning started out just like Saturday morning.. except we had to get everything packed up – and the tent needed to be broken down … prior to eating. (Good thing I practice rolling my sleeping back the night before). I had more oats with yogurt and fruit for breakfast… and we hit the road by 6:40.
Today’ route was shorter then the other routes. Closing ceremonies were slated for 4pm and they wanted to make sure that ALL walkers could complete it prior to ceremony time.
We began walking in rain – but it wasn’t a downpour and there was NO lightning (thank goodness…)
We made our way through Cambridge and saw some amazing sites.
Once we made it into Boston – it was fabulous. There were so many things to see – people to watch — a lot to take in.
I will tell you – our pace was MUCH slower then the other days. We were all hurting. At one point – I was afraid I was developing shin splints because I was in so much pain. But, we took lots of stretch breaks and we all popped some ibuprofen.. and were able to walk it out… and stop and take funny pictures with statues
Walking through the Public Gardens in Boston gave us yet another encounter with the FABULOUS Pink Posse
HOWEVER … Public porta-potties were the available toilet option at this Pit Stop… and they were HORRID. Other then that.. the portos we used were just for this event and were super clean and not stinky!
Lunch was 3.2 miles from holding (an area where we waited until it is time to do the closing ceremony). It was THE longest 3.2 miles I have EVER walked. Legs were heavy – feet in pain. But we were stepping for a reason.
Judging by our faces.. we were pretty pumped to see the “holding” sign…
The most emotional part of the whole experience was surely the closing ceremonies. Crossing that finish line – LINED with people cheering for you – thanking you – sending you love and good vibes – provided a feeling that I cannot even describe.
We arrived to holding at about 2:30 – so we had an hour and a half to relax, grab some snacks.. and most importantly.. line the finish line and cheer on those who were crossing.
At The 3-Day … it ISN’T about finishing first… walking fast. In fact – it is just the opposite. When the last walker was approaching the finish line, and announcement was made. Ever person in holding CHEERED, YELLED, SCREAMED, and WELCOMED the final finisher.
There she is. A breast cancer survivor. A couragous woman who fought … and won. A woman who is inspired to find a cure – to ensure that all women (and men) continue to win any battle with breast cancer.
We lined up.. side by side to proceed as one union with strong beliefs – and an ever stronger fight – to close the end of this small journey.
We listened to more motivational words from the national spokeswoman, Dr. Sheri Phillips.
Poured our hearts, souls, and cheers out to the survivors of the walk..
And raised a sneaker in their honor. This walk is for you, survivors. It is for those who have fought and lost – and for those who continue to fight. This walk – is to someday… eliminate the fight all together.
Something even more remarkable then the courageous survivors.. well.. the 2011 Boston 3-Day For a Cure raised:
4.8 MILLION DOLLARS