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Weekend to End Women's Cancer Walks

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Updated October 03, 2013

About the Events:

The Weekend to End Women's Cancer Walks are challenging and exciting events held in Canadian cities. Walkers are challenged to walk approximately 20 miles or 30 kilometers a day for one day or two days. They camp out Saturday night in a tent city. All meals, snacks, and trail support are provided. Each walker must raise a minimum of $2000 for a two-day walk or $1250 Cdn for a one-day walk in donations to participate. Net proceeds go to cancer research centers in the host city. Weekend to End Women's Cancers

Dates and Locations:

Weekend to End Breast Cancer Walks:
Montreal, QB, August 23-24, 2014. Benefits Jewish General Hospital.
Toronto, ON. September 6-7, 2014. Benefits the Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret.

Registration:

Registration fee is $75 Canadian. Register online or by mail. Once registered you will receive your 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 16 and above. Minors must participate with their parent or legal guardian.
Registration

Donations:

Each walker must collect $2000 Canadian for the two-day walk or $1250 for the one-day walk 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 Weekend to End Breast Cancer 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.

Training:

Walking for 20 miles a day for two days is a challenging endurance event. Proper training is necessary, similar to training to walk a marathon. The Weekend to End 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.
My 3-Day walk training schedule applies well to this 2-Day walk Training Schedule for a 3-Day Walk.

Walking the Event:

The event provides full support during the walk - marked trail, stops every 2-3 miles for water, sports drink, snacks. Lunch on the route. 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. There is no penalty for failing to complete the total distance each day, and for safety's sake people should not overextend themselves.

Camping:

Saturday 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.

Crew:

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 $75 Canadian and are provided the same meals and camping accommodations as the walkers.

Charity:

Weekend to End Breast Cancer Walks benefit breast cancer research centers in their host cities.

Step By Step:

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer walks follow in the paths of the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walks, with a similar format and often using staff and volunteer crew from that series. I walked two 3-Day Walks - in Washington DC and in Seattle - and crewed once in Seattle. Each is a treasured experience. The format provides the most support of any kind of walk I have experienced.

Before my first walk, I had many readers hungry for details about the 3-Day format. So on my walks I took many photos and detailed exactly what to expect when.

Step By Step on a 3-Day Walk. While the Weekend to End Breast Cancer will have some variations of its own, you can expect details of camp life and support on the trail to be similar.

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