the 3 day that started it all

Tomorrow, the Boston 3 Day starts. The Boston 3 Day was the first one I did and it’s the one that inspired me so much to keep doing this every single year.

That year, I flew out to Boston the night before The 3 Day with my friend/former co-worker Suzanne and met up with her friend Bonnie who was flying in from New York. We contemplated having beer at Logan Airport, but instead took a shuttle that we were certain was going to crash to our hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire.

The next morning we met up with Erika (and Sammy in utero!) and Erika’s way awesome mom, Marie, to start walking 60 miles. There were blisters, thunderstorms, a complete camp relocation, tents blowing away, tornado sirens, sunburn, and, of course, a snake or two on the trail we were walking.

Between Erika’s Boston accent, Marie’s Long Island accent and Bonnie’s New York accent, I’m pretty sure I developed some sort of hybrid strain of accent that I can’t ever duplicate.

Everyone said it was emotional and I didn’t really get it until I’d walked 60 miles. SIXTY FREAKIN’ MILES. And I cried. Quite a bit.

It made me realize that I had to keep doing this same walk in some capacity until it’s not even necessary. That was in 2005.

It’s 2010 now and I haven’t missed a year of participating in this fantastic event. While I would love for you all to physically participate in The 3 Day in some capacity, I know it really isn’t feasible. And that’s why I’m asking for your donation. $5. $50. $500. I will greatly appreciate it.

http://www.the3day.org/goto/wendyberry

The Sweep Team has already won an ice cream social, which we’re incredibly excited about, and right now, we’re in the lead to receive a catered in dinner at camp. This doesn’t sound like much, but if you’ve ever been a part of this event, you’ll understand just how big of a deal that is.

I’m co-captaining the Sweep Team this year with Jenni. Cindi will be assisting Jenni as the Stationary Road Coach and Regina (all the way from New Jersey) will be in my van as we cruise the mean streets of the Twin Cities looking for distressed 3 Day walkers. Jumi is heading up the team responsible for transporting people on buses to lunch and to camp every day. With some of the greatest friends of mine in the world participating this year, it’s sure to be the best 3 Day yet.

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