Last Arizona Komen 3-Day for the Cure under way

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Hundreds of pink-clad walkers are taking to the streets this weekend for the last Arizona Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

With the support of hundreds of volunteer crew members, the walkers will cover 60 miles over the next three days. Each walker had to raise at least $2,300 to take part in the event.

Over the summer Komen announced that it was cutting the Arizona walk, as well as events in Tampa Bay, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The 3-Day's 60-mile walks in Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Minneapolis-St. Paul will continue. Komen calls those locations its "strongest 3-Day markets."

"The decision not to return to Arizona next year was not made lightly, as we know this event has touched the lives of thousands of dedicated participants like you," read an email sent to this year's walkers and volunteers earlier this week. "While the 3-Day has brought great awareness to the breast cancer cause, participation levels in the last five years have made it difficult to financially sustain an event of this magnitude in 14 cities."

The Komen Foundation said modifying the series and cutting events was the "most responsible" decision it could make.

That decision makes this weekend's walk a bittersweet event, particularly for those who have been part of the 3-Day for years.

Walkers and crew members are passionate about their cause -- putting an end to breast cancer -- and they're not letting the fact that this is the last Arizona 3-Day to dampen their enthusiasm.

If you'd like to show your support for the intrepid walkers, you can do so at a number of cheering stations, as well as at Sunday's closing ceremony at Scottsdale Stadium.

Friday, Nov. 8
9:15 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Mile 8.8
Arizona Avenue between E. Boston Street and E. Buffalo Street
Chandler, AZ

Noon - 4 p.m.
Mile 16
Safeway Parking Lot
SW Corner of E. Elliot Road and S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ

Saturday, Nov. 9
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Mile 4.3
Ahwatukee Palms Shopping Center
SE Corner of E. Warner and S. 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mile 15.6
New Life Church
11832 South Warner Elliott Loop
Phoenix, AZ

Sunday, Nov. 10
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Downtown Tempe
Mill Street between 5th Street and 3rd Street
Tempe, AZ

11:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mile 14.5
5th Avenue Shops
5th Avenue between Indian School Road and N. Craftsman Court

4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Closing Ceremony
Scottsdale Stadium
7409 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251