More than 2,000 Central Georgian walkers and runners took part in a 5K Saturday morning in the Susan G. Komen foundation's Race For the Cure at North Peach Park in Byron.
Participants paid $25 to hit the pavement at the park, but breast cancer survivors and children under 10 years old got to run for free.
"I feel better paying for a race when the money goes to something that's important like this," said Jillian Farmer of Perry.
But the heart of the race was the breast cancer survivors. Before the race, about 200 local women who beat the disease, received pink medals and many cheers from participants.
"Obviously I am very happy and I do feel very strong I can't believe that I went through that but when you're out here with other people you realize how many people are fighting and doing it," said Sharon De Mille of Macon, a nine year breast cancer survivor.
But for many runners, it's not about crossing the finish line first or getting the best time, but knowing that every step takes them closer to a cure.