The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

This past weekend, Hubby and I participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as part of the crew. Last year, we had participated in a cheering station and I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved in this walk this year. The Avon walk is a 2-day event where walkers walk a marathon on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday, totally nearly 40 miles walked.

My sister and I had talked extensively about walking in it, but she was in a wedding this weekend, so she couldn’t (congrats Erica!). So instead, Hubby and I decided to crew. The crew signs up for the entire weekend. You don’t just voluteer for a few hours, you’re there to help make the weekend a sucess for the entire weekend.

We were assigned to Quick Stop A. Quick stops provide walkers with water, gatorade, and porta-potties. We were the first quick stop, so we had to be there at 4:30AM on Saturday! I was the first to sign the Avon Walk tower. It was pitch dark and the breakfast tent wasn’t even set up yet at that point.

Check out the lines for the porta-potties at around 8AM on Saturday at our quick stop!! After working hard and cheering on walkers all day Saturday, we camped out at the Wellness Village. We were up and on our way again at 6AM Sunday. We had a blast getting to know our teammates throughout the weekend and we even signed up for next year’s event while we were there.

Check out some of the other pictures I captured over the weekend.

This is all the gear waiting to be picked up. The entire event was very well organized!

It was SO windy on Saturday – a bunch of the tents kept getting blown over.

These people are walking or crewing all nine walks this year! Can you imagine?!?

The youth crew was awesome! They were so energetic and helpful.

The Wellness Village was located at the Reebok headquarters in Canton, MA. What a beautiful campus!!

Walking back to the sea of tents to head for bed.

There was a backup at the finish line on Sunday.

This was the line of crew members leading into the closing ceremony. It was a great weekend that was truly inspirational.

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9 Responses to “Avon Walk DC 2013 Recap”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

    What a great cause, and congratulations for completing the DC walk!

    • beantownbaker — May 9th, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

      Thanks! It’s definitely been a fun journey so far – I can’t wait for Charlotte in October.

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    Christina — May 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    If you ever come to Colorado for the Avon walk….let me know. I love reading your blog…and I would love to cook for you. I have tried soooo many of your wonderful ideas. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

    • beantownbaker — May 9th, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

      Aww, that’s so sweet. They actually stopped doing the Rocky Mountain walk this year! I guess too many people were in the medical tent because of the altitude. I’m bummed because that’s one that I was the most looking forward to…

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    Shannon — May 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    so amazing jen!! hope your blisters are on their way to healing and you’ve had some rest, you deserve it 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 9th, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

      Thanks 🙂 My blisters are all healed. The medical staff on the walks does an amazing job. Stairs are still somewhat painful for me, but it’s not too bad. I work on the 4th floor and today was the first day I climbed up instead of taking the elevator. I’m almost back to 100% though.

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    lostAnnfound — May 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Well done, Jen! One more week and we (me, Sherri, Trudi, AnnMarie & Diana) will be heading into Boston for the AWBC! We’ll be at Quick Stop A again this year. It looks like our crew will be walking in D.C. next year. It’s a great weekend!!


    • beantownbaker — May 10th, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

      Oh fun! Tell everyone we said hi!! And good luck in DC next year. I had a blast last weekend in DC. I’m hoping to get back to Boston sometime for another walk too.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Wonderful cause 🙂 Love these photos!

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