Almost 1000 step out in Lighthouse Run for good causes
CLOSE to a 1000 participants took part in the ninth Byron Lighthouse Run in cool and crisp conditions yesterday morning.
The charity event has grown from "very humble beginnings," co-organiser Brigid Kramer said.
The first event had barely 200 entrants, but since then the numbers have kept growing, and close to $120,000 has been raised in total for local and international causes, she said.
The morning included a 10 kilometres run, a 6.7km walk and a 1km dash for children, she said.
The event is very much about participation and teams are encouraged to enter, she said.
The biggest team boasting 64 members was from Southern Cross University.
Byron health group Fusion entered a team of 12 for the walking event.
It was about supporting the day and a great cause, Geoff Teasel said.
"It is a great turnout on a perfect day," he said.
The Byron Boot Camp team carried a very large shipping rope on their shoulders for the run.
Other teams simply dressed up in colours or wore funny wigs, Ms Kramer said.
Entrants were aged from seven to 84, while the oldest runner was 73 years old.
The two fastest male and female runners received a prize.
But the majority of the $10,000 worth of prizes were awarded randomly to participants just for being part of the day.
Race winner Corey Samuelson was "hurting a fair bit" after the run, and said the biggest challenge was the soft-sand section.
Chad Kolczr finished among the leaders and did the run barefoot, and celebrated by crossing the finishing line doing a cart-wheel.
Half of the more than $20,000 raised at this year's event will go to help sexually abused children in Kenya.
The other half will go to providing technology to better diagnose a range of cancers, Ms Kramer said.
The top three female runners were: Amanda Watson (44 mins, 13 secs), Kara Brisbane (45.08) and Dee-Ann Jackson (45.28)
The top three male runners were: Corey Samuelson (37.37), Luke Bell (38.04) and Aaron Hannah (39.26).