Thousands Participate in the 33rd Annual Women's 4 Miler
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Saturday morning 3,500 women ran in support of breast cancer awareness in Albemarle County. The 33rd Annual Women's Four Miler drew women of all ages, wearing all different shades of pink.
The race raises funds for the University of Virginia Breast Care Center. Those donations support a range of programs - including mammograms and genetic testing - for women who would otherwise be unable to afford such services.
Many of the runners in the race have a personal connection to the disease. "It's huge to me because I have two friends that just finished treatment, and one of them is here. Today, she's working a rest-stop with her husband. The other one couldn't be here today but she's here in spirit. We have a friend who didn't survive and we run in memory of her. And we have so many friends in treatment. It's amazing to be here just to do something for them," says Debra Gilbert, runner.
This year's goal is to raise $400,000. Right now, they're at $240,000. Even though the race is over, organizers say it is not too late donate.