More and more people have been running along foreshores around the country over the past 12 months.
And there will be over 2000 of them in the Hastings this weekend when the Port Macquarie Running Festival returns for another year.
One of the few shining lights from the COVID-19 pandemic has been the emergence of running as a favourite past-time for Australians.
Twelve months ago, the festival was one of the final events to be held before the country was thrown into lockdown.
Suddenly, running became a popular past-time as it was the only way people could leave their house.
Festival organiser Kevin Chilvers said he had noticed the increase of people in the community walking or running along the coastline.
"There have been more people running along the foreshore in Port Macquarie and participation is way up on where it has been in previous years," he said.
Competitor numbers this year are similar to Ironman with Mr Chilvers excited how participation has meant the event has become a major regional item on the calendar.
"We're thankful we can now get back to the business of doing good things in the community," he said.
The event will celebrate its 10th anniversary with more than 2500 entrants anticipated to take to the start line across the two days.
250 runners will challenge themselves with the Treble Breakwall Buster - a half marathon, followed by a 10-kilometre run and completed with a five-kilometre warm down.
Overall, Mr Chilvers said entrants ranged from four years of age up to 87 years of age.
"87-year-old George Henry from Port Macquarie will run the five kay and then there is an 83-year-old running the half-marathon and one running the 10-kilometre," he said.
"I guess you could say they're going to complete their own treble."
Krambach's Juno Jenkins will run the half marathon with husband John as the event's oldest female at 78 years of age.
At the other end of the scale are runners who are looking to complete a personal goal whether that be a half-marathon, 10-kilometre or five-kilometre event.
"The main thing about this event is that it's about people having a go and completing a challenge for the first time," Mr Chilvers said.
"It's great for us that annually we have this event where the locals and tourists flock to it and it's well supported; people come to it as a destination event."
Mr Chilvers said organisers were pushing for "as many kids as possible" to run on Saturday as they aim to secure bragging rights over their parents.
"The good thing is they're separated into individual ages from 12 down to four years of age and the parents get to run with the kids so it's a real family-friendly event," he said.
"They might have been complaining all the way, but it's amazing that kids always find that little bit extra when they see the finish line.
"It's great to see the kids try to outsprint the parents."
The kids' fun run starts from midday on Saturday with age groups to set off every half an hour.
The half marathon starts from 7am on Sunday, while the 10-kilometre starts at 9am and the five-kilometre at 10am.