ON YOUR MARKS: Start of the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run, 2014.
ON YOUR MARKS: Start of the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run, 2014. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Lace it up for the ninth annual Byron Lighthouse Run

THE Brookfarm Byron Lighthouse Run/Walk is coming up for its ninth year running, with half of the money raised going towards a safe house in Kenya.

Event organiser Lisa Parkes said the other half would go towards a software program for Lismore Base Hospital to enable faster diagnosis of cancer.

She said the lighthouse run was unlike most fun runs because participants would get to soak-up the spectacular views from the Byron Lighthouse.

"Once you get to this spot you get an almighty high," she said.

"Your heart feels full and happy, being out and about in such a spectacular location and all for a good cause."

The focus is on participation but Ms Parkes said the race was professionally timed.

Winners of each age category will receive prizes and there will also be a random prize draw.

"There's accommodation, activities such as horse riding, surfing, ballooning ... we even have two five-day passes for the 2016 Bluesfest which is an additional prize if you purchase a tinsel wig," she said.

Combined with the 10km run and the 6.7km walk there will also be a one kilometre kids' dash.

Ms Parkes is looking forward to reaching the milestone of 100,000 total participants since the event began.

The Byron Lighthouse Run will kick off at 7am on October 18 at Denning Park, Bay St.

Registration costs $45 or $70 if you pay on the day.

The kids dash for children under 12 will start at 9am.



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