Arizona Preview Expo

I just now realized (nearly a month later) that while I posted pictures of the Arizona 3-Day for the Cure Preview Expo, I never actually wrote about it.

Bad cat! Better late than never, right?

So, here goes.

First, I invited my parents to come with me, hoping they would be able to get a feel for what I’ve been going on and on about for the past few months and perhaps understand a little better why and how people I’ve never met face to face have become friends. Pretty good friends; better friends than some people I’ve known for years.

On a steamy Sunday, Aug. 8 (yes, nearly a month ago), hundreds of walkers, crew members and volunteers converged on Tempe’s Fiesta Inn Resort for the Arizona Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Preview Expo.

The Expo is designed to give walkers and crew the chance to pick up essential gear, see what life “on the walk” is like, ask event veterans practical questions and generally learn more about what is sure to be a life-changing experience.

In case you haven’t looked at my pictures, you might notice a familiar face. The Energizer® Bunny stowed away in my purse (He’s sneaky like that.), and managed to get into several photos. He was very excited by the energy at the event.

Even though it was pretty hot in the conference room, there was a great vibe. You could just feel it!

While experienced walkers might not need to go to the Preview Expo, I highly recommend it for all newbies.

I picked up some handy packing tips, fundraising ideas, tent-decorating ideas, blister-care tips, stretching guidance. You name it, there was a table or station set up and somebody to talk about it.
There was even a hands-on tent assembling demonstration. While I didn’t actually pitch a tent, I did watch several other people do it. I have to say it didn’t look too terribly scary, but I’m still a little nervous. I’m more of an indoor girl. Sorry, future tentmate. The pitching is going to fall mostly to you. The good news is I’m really good at following directions.

Volunteers and walk veterans were out in force, ready, willing and able to answer pretty much any question I or my parents had. And my dad had a lot of ‘em. He’s a born question-asker. But he wasn’t alone, the “Ask an Expert” area was popular.

In addition to all of the good information, I also picked up a pretty complex looking sports bra. Oh, wait, you probably didn’t need — or want — to know that little tidbit. Let me try that again. Several of the outfitters , including New Balance, Sole Sports Running Zone and Runner’s Den , were on hand, selling everything a 3-Day walker could possibly want or need.

Finally, there was the inspiration area where people could make signs or write letters to support their walkers. The Energizer® Bunny thought that area was so cool he jumped right into the mailbox!

One of the best parts for me was meeting Beckie Black and most of her team — the Ta-Ta Sisterhood. It was good to finally give her a hug. And can I just say, her little Monkey, who, by the way, was decked out in a pink Ta-Ta Sisterhood T-shirt, is about the cutest thing ever.

While much of the information at the Expo wasn’t exactly new to me, thanks to the #3DayTweeps, I’m glad I went. Not only did I get a little taste of the energy and vibe that I’m sure will be at the event, my parents also got a little bit of a feel for the amazing people who make the 3-Day happen. They were impressed with everyone they met.

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good turnout.

My parents and I didn’t stay for the entire three hours, but when we left, my dad mentioned to the volunteers manning the door that I am a first-time walker. They cheered. It was pretty dang cool.

P.S. You know that mail I mentioned? Here’s the address … in case you develop the urge to send a note to any of the lovely Arizona walkers.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Camp
[Participant's First and Last Name]
PO Box 1354
Higley, AZ 85236

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