NEARLY 180 people gathered in the pre-dawn light at Brunswick Heads on Sunday to participate in the second Byron2Bruns beach run.
Contestants were bussed to Belongil Beach, where they then walked or ran up the beach to Brunswick Heads.
The wild weather and high winds predicted for the day stayed away and the runners enjoyed a tail wind for most of the run.
The first male across the line was David Boutkan with the time of 38:51 and the first female was Heli Murray in a time of 43:04.
"The event ran smoothly due to plenty of volunteers and some vital donations from local businesses," a spokesman for the organising committee said.
"The shuttle busses were generously donated by Brunswick Valley Coaches and the portaloos at the start of the race donated by Mullum Hire.
"There were lots of tired and happy faces after the event, the participants being joined by their friends and family on the lawn of the surf club to enjoy a coffee or a barbecue cooked up by the Brunswick SLSC juniors."
The run was organised by a committee of local volunteers and proceeds went to the Brunswick SLSC and Brunswick/Byron Athletics.