As work to repair the Washington Monument is underway, preparations and rehearsals are going on for Saturday's big event just below.
"As long as we're losing one life, there's not enough pink in my opinion," says Susan Sonley.
Sonley, who has raised $75,000 for Komen Global Race for the Cure, is the event's largest fundraiser. The Reston resident has survived breast cancer twice - first in the nineties and then when the cancer returned three years ago. Since Sonley's first diagnosis, she's raised $1 million for cancer research.
"This race is so inspirational because there are so many people that have walked in my shoes and there are so many of our sisters who didn't make it," she says. "I'm just so lucky that I am here."
Performance stages and dozens of tents dotted with pink are in place for the thousands of volunteers, walkers and runners.
Lawanda Fountain of D.C. will be carrying a pink flag Saturday in the opening ceremony.
"It's been four years since diagnosis. I'm getting ready to see my fifth birthday on the 29th of this month so I'm excited. I feel good, I feel great," she says.
Fountain says she reminds herself that she is lucky to be alive and is involved with the race for the people who can't be there, the ones who lost their battle to breast cancer.
"It's an opportunity to be their angel" she says.