Nearly 200 runners and walkers turned out to support Saturday's Hustle for Hope, a charity fund-raiser to benefit breast cancer research.
Survivors of breast cancer were recognized around 8 a.m., prior to the start of the race. A one-mile walk began at the downtown Cedartown depot, next to the Silver Comet Trail, and ended in the parking lot next to the law firm of York and York.
Konda Dizon, a nurse and clinical manager of neonatal services at Floyd Medical Center, rallied the participants before the race began around 8:30 a.m.
Dizon reminded participants that breast cancer is a devastating disease and research into a cure continues.
"We have faith, hope and prayer ... that one day we will live in a world without breast cancer," Dizon said.
One of the event's organizers, Heather Ball, reported Monday that $9,145 has been raised to support cancer research so far. However, volunteers are continuing to sell T-shirts from the event, so additional funds will be added to the total later.
Ball said 180 people took part in the run. This was the event's first year and plans are under way to bring it back annually.
Ball said volunteers deserving special mention include Future Business Leaders of America students, and the student council of Youngs Grove Elementary School.