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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Celebrates on the Santa Monica Pier

Published on October 19, 2022

The American Cancer Society is celebrating 30 years on October 22nd of “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” on the Santa Monica Pier.

Making Strides has always been more than just a walk, it’s a movement. We are making it easier for anyone, anywhere to make an impact. We know the future can be free from breast cancer. Come join the movement and sign up to save lives!

8:00 AM – Opening Ceremonies
9:00 AM – Walk Begins
11:00 AM – Live Entertainment Begins
11:30 AM – Opportunity Drawings Begin
2:00 PM – Event Concludes


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will begin and end at the Deck of the Santa Monica Pier. The 5k walk will go through Palisades Park and loop back to the Pier Deck.

How do I get to the Santa Monica Pier?

Parking can be tricky as many folks head to the beach after work and streets around the Pier can become congested. We strongly recommend taking the Metro: the Expo line drops you off at 4th and Ocean – a quick 10-minute walk from the Pier deck. If you must drive, plan to arrive early (before 4 PM) to take advantage of available parking. You can enjoy your time before the event by grabbing an early dinner or enjoying the rides at Pacific Park. For driving directions to the Pier, check out

If you park north or south of the Pier and walk the bike, or scoot to the Pier, head to the “back” of the Pier located at 1600 Ocean Front Walk (across from Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe). You can access the Pier by the stairs and ramps behind the Carousel Building.

If you park at 3rd Street Promenade, the Civic Center garage, take Metro, or are walking, biking, or scooting from Downtown Santa Monica, take the Pier Bridge ramp down to the boardwalk from Ocean and Colorado. The security checkpoint is at the bottom of the ramp, so please plan accordingly.

Where should I park?

If you absolutely must drive, point your GPS to 1550 Appian Way. This will take you to Lot 1 North, right next to the Pier. This city-owned parking lot has increased rates on event nights and you may be asked to pay $25 or more, so we recommend driving to the Civic Center Parking Structure at 333 Civic Center Dr. (corner of Olympic Drive and 4th Street). This is a 12-15 minute walk across Tongva Park to the Pier boardwalk. For more directions and parking tips, check out our guide to Parking at the Santa Monica Pier.

The American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Saturday, October 22nd
8 AM – 2 PM

The Santa Monica Pier

The Making Strides movement raises lifesaving funds that support breast cancer patients, survivors, thrivers, and caregivers through every step of the journey. They’ve enhanced digital offerings available to anyone across the nation, including one-on-one breast cancer patient support services and the use of video chat to safely connect patients, caregivers, and family members with valuable services and resources through their website, in addition to a 24/7 helpline. This year, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer celebrates its 30th anniversary and will take place in more than 150 communities nationwide.

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until they do, they will be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention.

Check out the American Cancer Society website to learn more about what they do.

Featured image by @justingoldmanphoto