WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- At the starting line, people shared their stories.
"One day, we will no long have cancer of any type," said Joycelyn McAllister.
Survivors, their families and friends, overwhelmed the starting line with that hope. Many have trained, like Jessica Hunt.
"I pretty much walked when I didn't necessarily need to. Took the Metro to a random stop out of my way and walked, walked out of my way to the grocery store when it was unnecessary," she said.
Jessica needs support while walking because she has cerebral palsy. She's here to support her mom, and the survivors.
"I was around 8 years old and my mom had a breast cancer scare. I remember her coming to talk to me about it and it was a really emotional thing," said Jessica.
Karen Hermann's mother died of breast cancer when she was just 12. Karen was diagnosed five years ago.
"I started doing it before, in memory of my mother, but now I'm doing it for me and everybody else," she said.
Trish Gallalee came to the race with her dog Memphis. They'll be running together.
"I always find the survivors the inspiration. They get me all choked up today. They're out here today, and I know what they've been through. I've been there myself with a form of cancer," she said.
Joycelyn, along with thousands of others poured their energy into the start of the race-waking up early and raising their hands in show of support.
The key to this race is to stay motivated and runners had to do for inspiration, is look around them.