Training starts cancer walk

Clare crossing the finish line with her daughter Erin and friend Elizabeth LaRose with Marcie Brensilver and her husband Howie, at the end of the 26 mile walk from Old Saybrook to Waterford – all in one day!

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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