Avon Walk NYC 2011 Recap

Well, I did it! I walked the Avon Walk NYC 2011. It was a great weekend with great weather. The walk raised over $9 million for the Avon Foundation. I’m obviously crazy because I signed up to walk the Boston Avon Walk in 2012, which is just a little over 6 months away. If anyone is interested in walking with me, let me know! I’d love to have people to walk with… Maybe we could even create a Boston Bloggers team…

I’m going to go through the pictures from the weekend. Be sure to check out the post I wrote to recap the San Francisco walk in 2010 as well.

We were towards the end of the group to start things off for the day on Saturday. We left from Pier 84 and got to walk by an old aircraft carrier and some cool planes on the flight deck.

A little later, the sun started to come up in full force. We were getting a cool reflection off the buildings across the water.

I was kind of obsessed with the tall building ahead.

My friends and I really enjoyed a lot of the architecture along the walk through Manhattan.

Right after the 16 mile marker, we headed off to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. After walking into Brooklyn, we would return to Manhattan on the Manhattan bridge, which you can see to the left. I don’t really like walking across bridges, but walking across the Brooklyn bridge was definitely a pretty neat experience.

Such a cool bridge.

Looking back on Manhattan from the bridge.

All throughout the walk, there were these pink signs from Team California. We got really excited when we saw one with our team name on it! The Power Of Pink sign was around mile 20 on Saturday. It definitely brightened our spirits.

This bridge was the 3rd bridge we crossed on Saturday and the first (and only) bridge that we crossed on Sunday. It was a pedestrian only bridge and wasn’t too tall, so I didn’t mind it too much.

More fun buildings on Sunday.

We walked along the edge of Central Park, but never actually got to go into the park. We were a little bummed about that.

The flat iron building was a pretty cool sight to see.

At the end of the walk, I was going at a pretty slow pace. I was joking with Hubby (who joined me for the last mile and a half) that I was getting passed by a 1 year old. But it was worth it to see her mom’s sweatshirt, which seriously brought tears to my eyes. It said: ” I’m walking for my daughter so she can wear pink ribbons in her hair and not on her shirt”.

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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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