Runners hit the boardwalk for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

OCEAN CITY - This weekend thousands of people combined enjoying the gorgeous weather with helping a great cause.

2,500 people got to pound the pavement with an ocean view while helping the 3rd annual Susan G. Komen Ocean City Race for the Cure.

The event raises money for breast cancer research while also raising awareness about the disease.

One of the teams that hit the boards was "Squad X", a dance group from Fennwick Island and Crofton - led by Erin Vitalos - who is currently fighting her own battle with breast cancer.

She had surgery just two weeks after being diagnose and has gone through months of chemotherapy and radiation, but she didn't let that stop her from participating in the 5k race.

And she had a lot of support. She was joined by friends, family and a number of her students - who say they are learning a lot more than dance from her.

"I'm learning you can be strong no matter how hard the challenge is and you can over come it," said Meredith Cummings, one of Erin's dance students.

Erin's mother Sheri Demko said "no matter what you look like or how you feel, you can truly push through and it's best to give 100% every day because you don't know, because you never know."

Komen Maryland's fundraising goal for the race is $350,000. They're about $200,000 short right now, but money is still rolling in.

If you'd like to donate, head to their website, Komen Maryland Ocean City .

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