THIS weekend's Byron Lighthouse Run might offer some of the most gorgeous views in the country, and runners and walkers can rest easy knowing their efforts are going towards a good cause.
More than 600 participants are expected to turn out on Sunday morning for the event to take on a 6.7km course for walkers or 10km for runners.
It takes competitors from the Byron Surf Club to the Pass via Lawson St and Clarke's Beach, before continuing up to the lighthouse and back down, then to Tallows Beach before returning to the surf club.
Organiser Greg Kramer said the event welcomed all ages and all fitness levels.
"We want it to be a participatory event. Everyone's welcome," Mr Kramer said.
"Last year's oldest competitor was 83 - and he's coming back again this year."
Pram-wielding mums wanting to school their kids in the joys of early morning exercise are also invited.
A raffle will be held at the finish line, with $6000 worth of prizes donated by local businesses, including accommodation vouchers, lunch and dinners, massages, surfing lessons and diving.
A central aim of the run is to raise money for charities. It raised $22,000 for an orphanage in Nepal last year and in previous years supported the Cancer Council.
The proceeds of this year's seventh event will go to Lismore's Our House and Langtang Valley Health in Nepal.
Our House is well known for its accommodation support for cancer victims and their families, who need to travel to receive treatment at Lismore Base Hospital.
Langtang Valley Health, a remote Nepalese medical clinic four days from the nearest alternative medical care, will use the funds to purchase essential equipment, supplies and salaries for staff.
"These charities are very close to my heart," organiser and cancer-survivor Brigid Kramer said.
"This time last year I was clinging to my family at Lismore Base Hospital.
"I can't imagine how awful it would be to not have them close by."
Runners wanting a souvenir of their efforts can also purchase photos.
DISTANCE: 6.7km walk or 10km run.
WHEN: Sunday, September 15.
WHERE: 7am start from Denning Park, next to the surf club in Byron Bay.
COST: Individual entry $45. Team entry $40 per person (minimum five to a team). All proceeds go to charity.
MORE INFORMATION: byronrun.com
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