A decision to allow Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run participants to keep all money raised for their own causes has paid off with increased entries.
Organisers Timaru North Rotary this year dropped the practice of keeping 30 per cent of funds for other projects, due to administration workload and to encourage more to enter.
Organiser Reece Hart said the number of young people taking part, including teams from primary schools, drama clubs, scouts and cubs was pleasing.
Rotary raised funds through the entry fee paid by the 1000 participants who could run, jog or walk the event over the 10 kilometre course or a shorter 3km option.
"We are very pleased with it. The weather wasn't so good for a start but it didn't seem to deter the runners, you could say it was ideal conditions for running."
First across the finish line was James Faulkner in 38.27 minutes.
Some of the fittest contestants ran the course in reverse afterwards, Mr Hart said.
St Mary's Anglican Church set up a watering hole for both runners and dogs opposite the church. Vestry chairman Ray Bennett counted 11 dogs passing by, some of which were "very grateful" for the service.
Rev Canon Chris Rodgers left the Craighead Diocesan School chapel mid-service, after handing it over to another priest, to visit the volunteers and administer communion, he said.
- The Timaru Herald