Walker InformationOrientations, training walks, teams, incentives, and nutrition
If you’re ready to “Do the 2” and become part of Georgia’s premier breast cancer event, register today for the 2024 Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer and let your journey begin! The Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is fun, inspiring and exciting. It also happens to be the most effective way to help strengthen Georgia’s breast cancer community.
Georgia Alliance for Breast Cancer (formerly It’s The Journey, Inc.) has produced the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer for over a decade, and every year it gets bigger and better. Why not join us this year? Walk for someone you love or for someone you don’t even know.
The Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is September 28-29, 2024
We make it easy to participate. You can even choose your mileage: Walk up to 20 miles on Saturday or up to 10 miles on Sunday. Walk on both days or choose Saturday or Sunday only.
Those who choose to walk both days get a bit of a bonus: You’ll stay in the gorgeous Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel and be treated to a festive event on Saturday night!
Throughout the year, we host training walks all around Atlanta. These events give you a great chance to meet fellow walkers, train, and to enjoy a walk with rest stops for snack and water! Look on our Calendar for the schedule of 2-Day Training Walks.
Benefits of Being a Team Member
Breast cancer is a tough opponent. A tough opponent calls for teamwork.
Benefits of a Team:
1. Develop relationships based on common cause
2. Learn from and share experiences from past walkers
3. Create lasting friendships
4. Support each other during training for walk
Being a team member is an outstanding way to develop deeper ties to the 2-Day Walk and to those who benefit from it. If you walk with members of your team—especially those who have walked the walk in past years—you can learn a lot about how to prepare and what to expect. You’ll likely get tips on everything from nutrition and shoes to clothing and blister protection.
Of course, you will also make wonderful new life-long friends and have a captive audience to rejoice with or complain to about your everyday trials, tribulations—and triumphs.
And because you will spend many hours training, walking with others makes the miles and time fly by. Team members can also stay in the same hotel rooms during the 2-Day Walk.
How to Select a Team
1. Select a team leader
2. Have the leader register
3. Select your unique team name
4. Invite team from Captain homepage
5. Register the team members by selecting “Join a Team”
6. Start planning training walks and fundraising
PLEASE NOTE: The first person to register is considered the team captain.
Fun Things to Do as a Team
- Hold team parties and picnics
- Invite spouses and children to some of the parties/events so they can get to know each other
- Get team clothing for the 2-Day Walk
- Hold fundraising events together
- Have a kick-off party the weekend before the event
- Set up walks with other teams
- Have a picture-swapping party after the 2-Day Walk
- Keep a walking group going so you stay in shape — and in touch
Tips on Eating for Energy and Endurance
1. Eat three meals per day plus snacks.
- Optimal meal composition for sports: 55-65% Carbohydrate, 15-20% Protein, 20-25% Fat.
- Eat a balanced breakfast: your metabolism needs it to get started and you’re less likely to overeat at other meals.
- Snack healthfully: snacking on nutrient-dense foods such as fruit, yogurt, low-fat cheese and crackers will help curb your appetite and add vitamins and minerals to your diet.
2. When exercising longer than one hour, glycogen must be replaced: 100 to 300 calories of carbohydrate should be consumed after the first 60 minutes of exercise. Good options include:
- Energy bars
- Sports drinks or energy gels
3. Adequate hydration is vital, especially during and after exercise. We recommend drinking:
- Your body weight in ounces of fluid per day
- 17-20 oz. of water 2-3 hours before exercise
- 8-10 oz. of water 10-20 minutes prior to exercise
- 4-6 oz. of water every 15 minutes during exercise
- 2 cups of water per pound of body weight lost after exercise
Drinking water through the day provides a feeling of fullness and helps high-fiber foods to ‘bulk-up’ and move through the digestive system.
Also be aware of the signs and symptoms of dehydration: thirst, headache, fatigue, and irritability.
These tips are courtesy of:
Cathy Hamrick, HS, RD, LD
The Nutrition Edge, LLC
501-E Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 150
Marietta, GA 30068