Thousands laced up their pink sneakers filling the streets as the 2013 walk kicked off with a celebration of life.
Saturday's event raised funds in the fight against breast cancer. It featured a 5K run/walk and a one-mile walk.
The Komen race honors those who have fought breast cancer as well as their families and friends.
Attendees gathered near the Detroit Tigers' ballpark downtown in a sea of pink. The color represents breast cancer awareness.
Participants each had their own story on why they were walking.
One man walked in celebration of Nancy Obrycki, another woman's pink sign pinned to her shirt read, "In celebration of : Auntie Robbie, Shantelle my mommie."
Theresa Canizzero and the Cancer Cruesders are walking for their mom and grandma Virginia Beblue.
"She was diginosed in 2006 with breast cancer," said Canizzero. "She had five, four good years. The fifth year was a struggle."
Mayor Dave Bing was on hand and said he's "going to support this until we win the fight."
The Susan G. Komen organization was founded by Nancy Brinker in 1982 in memory of her sister, who died of the disease, and it grew to be the nation's largest-breast cancer charity.
Everywhere you looked, there were signs of hope. For some the battle continues, but today was proof that the fight against breast is just beginning.