The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation plans its Seventh Annual Walk Across Southeastern Connecticut on October 6, an opportunity for some serious—or easy—exercise and also to raise some most-needed funds for research. In addition to the standard courses, there are some new wrinkles to assist walkers and their training throughout August and September.
This year, walkers may choose a quarter-marathon (6.55 miles), a half-marathon (13.1 miles), or the foundation’s signature full-marathon (26.2 miles). The full-marathon’s opening ceremonies begin at 6:30 a.m. at Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook, with feet on the pavement at 7 a.m. The Old Saybrook course follows a scenic route along the shoreline through Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, and East Lyme ending in Waterford. Half-marathon walkers start at Capital Drive, East Lyme, at 10:30 a.m. and quarter-marathon walkers start at the Niantic Baptist Church, Niantic, at 1 p.m. All walks complete their courses at Camp Harkness, Waterford, with closing ceremonies at 3:30 p.m.
New this year is a youth, 12-18 year-old, fundraising commitment of only $100 for any distance walk. This will encourage youth to get out and walk, raise funds for breast cancer research, and have fun together! Fundraising commitment for the quarter-marathon is $200, half-marathon is $250, and full-marathon is $500.
Another innovation is the option to “Team-Up” — to create a Youth Walk Team of eight or more 12-18 year olds with a Youth Walk Coach and register as a Youth Walk Team. The Youth Walk Coach has no fundraising commitment. Or, gather your friends, family, and co-workers and walk together as a team.
Training Walk Schedules
To help walkers with distance training, the walk planners have scheduled vehicle-supported walks for the longer training distances. All training walks begin at 7 a.m. The remaining walk distances and locations are:
Saturday, August 11, Mystic – 16 miles
Sunday, August 26, Old Saybrook – 18 miles
Saturday, September 15, Mystic – 20 miles
People who register to walk before August 1 receive a free signature TBBCF walk hat and walk shirt; if they register by September 1, they receive a free walk shirt. To register, to volunteer, to find out more about the training walks, or to contribute to a registered walker, please visit www.tbbcf.org or call 860.245.0402.
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