33rd Annual Women's 4 Miler Set for Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Thousands of women are taking to the track to wipe out breast cancer. They are preparing for the 33rd Annual Women's Four Miler.
Organizers are expecting a total of 5,000 people to line up and start the event on Garth Road Saturday morning. That includes runners, spectators, and nearly 300 volunteers.
Friday afternoon, about a dozen people were sorting through t-shirts, organizing gift bags, and setting up registration tables.
Every penny of the proceeds from the race will be donated to the UVA Cancer Center's Breast Care Center. That money will be put toward mammograms and genetic testing for women otherwise unable to afford such services.
Many of the women running have a personal connection the disease. "I do a lot of races now and there's nothing like this one. You get out there and there's a sea of pink and you can see all the way in front of you and all the way behind you,” says Mary Alice Black Well, Runner.
Mary Alice Blackwell is running in honor of her friend Susan Kane who died of breast cancer. Her team is appropriately named Raising Cain.
This year's goal is $400,000. As of 12 p.m. Friday, race directors say they're at about $212,000.