More than 3,000 women hit the pavement through Albemarle County to raise money for breast cancer research. Women got up early to run the Charlottesville Women's Four Miler at Foxfield on Saturday.

One of the co-directors of the race explained a few of the ways donated funds will help woman struggling with the disease.

David Brenin, the chief of breast surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center said, "It means that we have money to make things easier for patients who are recently diagnosed with breast cancer. One of the programs that is funded by the race is a breast cancer information package, which is given to each patient."

So far they have raised $250,000. Their goal is to reach $400,000. Over the run's 30 year history, it's contributed more than $2 million to breast cancer research.