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Komen 3-Day Walk Begins Friday, Will Pass Through Midtown

60-mile route goes from Stone Mountain to Turner Field

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure kicks off a 60-mile walk Friday that will start in Stone Mountain and over the course of the weekend, will take walkers through Decatur, Virginia-Highland, Midtown, Candler Park and end in Turner Field.

Participants will remember sisters, aunts, friends, mothers, co-workers, daughters, or even their own experiences - from diagnosis to treatment. And as they remember, they will walk.

The walkers each raised $2,300 to be a part of the 3-Day, which includes stops in the evening where they have a special set up that includes a dining tent, showers and more.

The 2011 event drew 2,400 walkers and raised a reported $6.5 million.

This celebration is not just for participants. Friends and family are highly encouraged to attend, though please note that seating will not be available, so if you are unable to stand for 30 to 60 minutes, you may want to bring a folding chair. Please allow extra travel time due to expected traffic congestion at the site.

Public cheering stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage walkers and let them know that you are with them every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces can provide that extra burst of energy that gets a walker to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and spread the love - anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking.

On some portions of the route you may find areas that are deemed “quiet zones,” which will be indicated by signage on the route. Please respect those neighborhoods and communities during this time.

Cheering Stations will be at:

Friday, October 19

Mile 4, 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Downtown Stone Mountain at the Stone Mountain Welcome Center, 891 Main St.

Mile 14.2, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: TheDekalb History Center/Old Courthouse Building, 101 E. Court Sq., Decatur

Saturday, October 20

Mile 13.4, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Lindbergh City Center, 520 Main Street NE

Mile 17.7, 11:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.: Peachtree Street between 3rd and 6th streets at 701 Peachtree St. in Midtown. (Please do not park in Redeemer Church parking lots.)

Sunday, October 21

Mile 5.0, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: John Howell Park , 833 Virginia Avenue NE in Virginia-Highland

Mile 10.3, 10:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.: Freedom Park, between Euclid and Moreland avenues at 1284 North Ave. (Please do not park at Inman Middle School or in church parking lots.)

Closing Ceremony

After three days and 60 miles, participants will take a final victory walk into the Closing Ceremony at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. The Closing Ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

Will you be attending this weekend's walk? Tell us in the comments.

Donald Spitz October 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM
People give Susan G. Komen money to fight breast cancer and Susan G. Komen gives some of that donated money to the babykillers at Planned Parenthood. I don't think people who give money to Susan G. Komen to fight breast cancer, know their money is going to an abortion organization that kills unborn babies.
Tim October 17, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Thats why they give money to Komen to givr to Planned Parenthood to perform exams instead.
Kevin Gunter October 20, 2012 at 02:24 AM
This is the problem with one sided news organizations like Fox News. They feed the masses half truths and skewed information and the like minded, narrow minded masses that follow that swill run around like parrots and spew the same false statement as the truth. Susan B Komen gives the grants to provide free breast exams via Planned Parenthood..yet leave it to the conservative right to take this and make it a political issue to try and further their cause. What ever happened to common sense?

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