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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One Response to “Avon Walk NYC 2011 Recap”

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — November 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I got goosebumps on that last one…
    Congrats on completing it. I will definitely consider the Boston walk!

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