October 14, 2006 -- Posted at 7:22 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- For the 4th consecutive year walkers and runners lined Craighead Forest Park prepared to take part in the K8 8K.
The race is just under five miles long and all proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society.
"I know that they help a lot of people that really need help. My dad actually died of cancer, so I feel that by doing this we can actually help some people who really could use the help," said Don Threm.
For others, this day is about achieving a personal goal.
"We've been walking for quite a while now. I've lost 32 pounds since January of this year. I've lost 70 pounds total in the past three years, and I just wanted to see if I could finish," said Jeanette Ashcraft.
"This is the third year I've been in this race and it's gotten bigger and better each year. It seems really exciting. People are happy to be here and it's just a really good race," said Threm.
In all everyone who has participated in the K8 8K agrees this is the best year so far.
"We've had a really good time. We've managed to keep our smile the whole time and have fun," said Ashcraft.
But the important thing for these guys is finishing the race.
"I think I did pretty well. I wanted to beat my time from last year and I think I did by about thirty seconds," said Threm.