More than 16,000 pairs of tennis shoes hit the pavement Saturday, raising money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
"I think it's an awesome cause because it's just so much fun and it's an awesome way to raise some money," first time racer Hannah Bigger says.
Just about every Komen Ozark Race for the Cure runner, walker or rider has dealt with breast cancer in their family.
"My grandmother's got breast cancer so I'm running this for her," Jill Lane says.
"My grandma had breast cancer and both my aunts died from breast cancer so it runs in my family and I just think that you should raise as much money as possible," Conley Mathews says.
Even guys laced up and put on pink.
"We got a bunch of our class from Southwest Junior High!" says John Strange.
For many of these fighters, this event is about more than just a morning walk or run.
Each step is a step they all take together -- towards a cure.
"I think a lot of people know what the ribbon means but I think that if you come out here and actually see all these faces and all these people actually have it in their own home then it just makes it that much more profound," Erika Hand says.