The 2007 San Diego 3-Day began with an emotional Opening Ceremonies at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. During the fabulous walkout, we caught our first glimpses of the sweep crew and the walker stalkers who would support us all weekend, including "Smile Guy and Little Grin"! The Young Survivors Coalition stood nearby, providing encouragement and a great photo op. Throughout our walk along the beachfront there was a ton of community support, including the two spunky girls dancing on top of their car. The “Frankie Say” Pit Stop refreshed us before the long climb up the Torrey Pines hill, and the San Jose Police biked alongside the route to make sure we were safe and happy. A highlight from Day One was the gorgeous Pit Stop 4, where sea lions played in the surf while we relaxed and rehydrated. The Elvis Pit Stop kept us laughing as we finished out the day and headed for camp. The first glimpse of camp was exhilarating as we spotted the pink and white tents on the horizon and knew we were close to our home for the night.
On Day Two, the Texas CowBelles were out on the route bright and early to greet us and keep us motivated. The morning walk along the beach was beautiful and the surfers provided a nice distraction, while the “Groovin’ Girls” encouraged us to keep moving. The New Balance Cheerleaders cheered us into Pit 2 where we had a chance to recharge before tackling some challenging hills. That afternoon, the “man with the hats” in his jeep kept popping up at just the right moments, and the live music at Pit 5 was so energizing that some of us traded in our walking shoes for dancing shoes!
At the end of a full day, camp was a welcome sight. During the camp show, we celebrated some dedicated participants who have walked in at least six events this year! And we were joined by some very special guests - breast cancer advocates from around the world came to share in the 3-Day experience. The 17 delegates from 10 different countries in the Middle East and Africa received a rousing standing ovation. It was an honor to welcome them to the 3-Day family. After wrapping up the evening with a dining tent dance party, we settled in under the stars to rest up for our final day of walking.
On the way out of camp on Day Three, we were greeted by some of our favorite walker stalkers, including the much-loved “Pom Pom Family”. Our 3-Day coaches were out on the route to congratulate us and keep us motivated. The community support was incredible and many of us enjoyed the warm chips and salsa provided by a local restaurant - a San Diego specialty. The Madcaps formed a tunnel for us to walk through and handed out homemade cookies and treats, while some locals gathered to cheer us up a giant hill. The friendly San Jose Police never let us go too long without some shouts of encouragement! After taking a break at the scenic lunch spot, we began the final miles of our journey – and found them lined with loved ones and supporters. The “Barbie Girls” cheered for us, while local Brownie Troops sang to keep us going. As we arrived at Holding, we were greeted by the cheers of crew members, fellow walkers and many of your favorite supporters. Then came Closing Ceremonies, where we celebrated the final 2007 3-Day and our steps toward a future without breast cancer.