About the Events:
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer walks are challenging and exciting events held in multiple US cities each year. the choice of walking a marathon or half-marathon the first day, then all walk a half-marathon the second day, camping overnight in the Wellness Village. All meals, snacks, and trail support are provided. Each walker must raise a minimum of $1800 in donations to participate.
Dates and Locations:
Avon Walks for Breast Cancer will take place in:
New York Oct. 20-21, 2012
Charlotte Oct. 27-28, 2012
Houston April 20-21, 2013
Washington, DC May 4-5, 2013
Boston May 18-19, 2013
Chicago June 1-2, 2013
Santa Barbara September 7-8, 2013
San Francisco September 28-29, 2013
Registration fee is $65. Register online or by mail. Once registered you will receive your training T-shirt, training packet, and be assigned to a coach. Orientation sessions are held in the walk cities, and walk training groups are held in many locations. The event is open to both men and women, age 18 and above.Avon Walk Registration
Each walker must collect $1800 in donations in order to participate. Donations may be collected by cash, credit card, or check. Each participant can set up a personal web page on the Avon Walk site to make it easy to collect donations online. Walker coaches provide advice on how to host a fundraising party and how to ask for donations. The Avon Foundation disburses the funds to worthy breast cancer charities.
Walking a marathon and a half-marathon or two half-marathon is a very challenging endurance event. Proper training is necessary. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer provides training advice, group training walks, and a coach to assist walkers in their training and in selecting the right clothing, shoes, and gear. As a marathon walking coach, I developed training schedules for these events.Training Schedules for the Avon Walks for Breast Cancer
Walking the Event:
Choice of half-marathon or marathon the first day can be made even while walking. Full support is provided: marked trail, stops every 1.5-3 miles for water, sports drink, snacks, lunch, first aid and blister care. Sweep vans patrol the route looking for walkers who need assistance. Walkers may end their day's walk at any of the stops along the way and be taken to camp or the finish at no penalty. A bus transports the half-marathoners to camp.
The first day ends at camp where hot showers and a hot meal are provided. Walkers are assigned to 2-person tents. Each walker provides his/her own sleeping bag and pad. Clothing and gear are transported for the walkers, but there are weight limitations. In the evening there is entertainment. Walkers are encouraged to stay at camp rather than arrange other accommodation.
The event depends on volunteer crew members to support the walkers in everything from setting up the camp, serving the walkers at the stops on the route, marking the route, serving meals, patrolling the route, etc. Crew members also register for $55 and are provided the same meals and camping accommodations as the walkers.
The net proceeds from the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer benefit the Avon Foundation, which disburses funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Over $265 million was raised by the 2003-2008 walks.
In 2003 I was the trail marking crew chief for the Portland Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and I walked the NYC Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
Crewing the Portland Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Walking the NYC Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
The Avon Walks for Breast Cancer built on the success and much of the format of the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walks. The differences are in being 2-day events with distance of marathon and half-marathon vs. the 3-Days 20-mile days. But many of the same facilities, services, and formats are the same as the 3-Day setup. They retain their excellence and my vote as the best walking events you can ever participate in.
Step By Step on a 3-Day Walk
For the final walk into the finish, cheered by our friends and relatives, we each felt we had really DONE SOMETHING. And unlike the other marathons I've done - I did it not for myself, but for every woman and man who is touched by breast cancer. At each closing ceremony, a huge check was presented to a medical research center or community outreach group for the fight against breast cancer. Can we change the world by walking? Yes.