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Day 1: Well-deserved rest after first day of journey

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Thousands of people are getting some much needed rest Friday after walking the first 20 miles of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day.

Walkers left Del Mar early Friday morning and made their way to Crown Point with plenty of fun, friendship and inspiration along the way. It was a little rainy and a little chilly, but there was still a big turnout at opening ceremonies.

Stories of inspiration set us off on our 60-mile journey. There are 2,400 walkers this year, all with a common goal of finding a cure for breast cancer.

This is my eleventh year walking in the event, and it is always emotional. CBS News 8 Meteorologist Matt Baylow is also walking, and the support along the way is amazing.

"It's nice to have all the support along the route. It's great," he said.

People lined the streets to cheer us along.

"It's good for them because they know they have people supporting them for all the hard work they're doing," a supporter said.

Everyone has a story to tell, a reason why they keep walking year after year.

"It's keeping in mind that everybody I know has fought along the way," participant Dalal Ewing said.

Families bring their little ones, too. We also ran into some "melon men" offering support.

"I've had too many family members that have passed away from breast cancer or another form of cancer, so that's one reason we're out here," participant Ed Butterick said.

Since 2004, San Diego walkers have raised nearly $94 million for breast cancer research, and nationwide more than $750 million.

It can be painful walking 20 miles a day for three days, but all that work is paying off. Breast cancer death rates in the U.S. have fallen 34 percent since 1990.

"I'll take the blisters, I'll take the pain, I'll take the aches just for a cure," one participant said.

At the end of day one, we are more motivated than ever to keep on going.

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