REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. A heat wave could not stop members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department and runners from sweating it out at the fifth annual 5K run/walk.

The community of Rehoboth was fired up and ready to raise awareness for their local firefighters. The race was held at the Rehoboth Beach Station 86 on Rehoboth Avenue. 

Racing in 90 degree heat with 60 pounds of gear on their backs, volunteers of the Rehoboth Beach Fire Department joined runners of all ages. 

"It's good to get out there in the community we serve and just run side by side with them" says Ryan Peters, Rehoboth Beach firefighter. 

The Rehoboth Beach 5K race broke new records today, starting with the most runners to sign up. Two-hundred and ninety-six runners dedicated their Sunday morning to support their local firefighters. Warren Jones, the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department spokesman, says these numbers go a long way. 

"The more events we do the more people understand who we are and what we do. A lot of people don't realize we are a volunteer fire company that depends on support from the public and depends on funding" explains Jones. 

Linda Schwartz-Chi has been running and volunteering for the last five years at this annual 5K. She says it'a the people that keeps her coming back every year. 

  "This running community is great we all support each other, you know you don't care who is in your age group or whose winning, we just all have each others back's, its great" mentions Schwartz-Chi. 

Dylan Smiley, the male's first place finisher, says it's his passion for running that he hopes others will join him. 

 "It can help bring more good runners or really fast runners to the community and you know get people more involved in these events" explains Smiley. 

The Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department raised the most money this year with a total of $17,000. The 5K race is to benefit the Station 86 Capital Campaign Building Fund by providing new equipment for the volunteer firefighters. 

Running to spread awareness one step at a time in the nation's summer capital. 

The Rehoboth Volunteer Fire Department will hold its sixth annual 5K run/walk at the same time next year.