Monday, August 04, 2008

3-Day Cheering Stations ...

Below is the official info from the 3-Day about cheering stations on this year's route.

Lemme tell ya, kids, every word below is true. You know how Mike and Sully and the others in Monsters, Inc. eventually realized that there was far more power in a child's laugh than a child's scream? Cheering stations honestly, truly, 100 percent (and then some!) keep walkers motivated.

So, all my Chicagoland pals, if you're going to be around this weekend, allow me to encourage you to pop up at a cheering station at some point. And while you certainly don't have to bring anything but your smiling face and clapping hands, I'll share this secret with you: The person who showed up last year with a cooler full of Push-Ups was hailed as a rock star. Cool treats on the route are always welcome, though this year (knock something), the weather promises to be far more favorable than last year. Last year, we walked in heat indices of more than 100 degrees. This year, the forecast calls for upper 70s/low 80s. Weather-wise, that is walking heaven!

So, then, the 411 on:

Cheering Stations
Cheering Stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage walkers and let them know that you are with them every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces cheering them on can provide that extra burst of energy that gets them to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise - anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking.

Friday, August 8:

7:45 am - 9:15 am
Cook County Forest Preserve
Forest Way Grove
From Dundee Rd., head south on Forest Way Drive about 0.6 miles. Pavilion is on west
side of street. (Limited street parking)
For a map of the grove, visit

10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Centennial Park
2300 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette, IL
Corner of Glenview Rd. & Crawford Ave.
Parking is limited. Walk to the north side of park along Glenview Rd.

Saturday, August 9:

7:30 am - 9:30 am
Evangelical Free Church of Des Plaines
55 W Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016

11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Woodland Trails Park
1500 E. Euclid Ave., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
(across from Sycamore Lane stoplight, in front of River Trails Community Center )

Sunday, August 10:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lincoln Park just north of Belmont Harbor at W. Addison St.
(Limited Parking)
Directions: Take Irving Park Rd. East to cross under Lake Shore Dr. This becomes Recreation Dr. after crossing under Lake Shore Dr. Follow Recreation Dr. south and turn left on W. Addison Dr. Enter parking lot at end of W. Addison Dr. Walkers will be heading Southeast, coming from behind building.

11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Lincoln Park just south of Lincoln Park Zoo along Stockton Dr.
Directions: From Fullerton Pkwy, head south on Stockton Dr. (Stockton is approx. 0.25 miles west of Lake Shore Drive). Follow Stockton south to Lincoln Park Zoo. Walkers will be along Stockton from Petting Zoo to LaSalle.


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