About 70 participants slipped on their sneakers and pounded the pavement in Elmore on Sunday to raise money for a new defibrillator unit.
Elmore Primary Health Services practice manager Kathy Tuohey said more than $2500 was raised from the event, with one local business privately donating $2000.
Ms Tuohey said she was overwhelmed with the number of people who supported the cause and hoped to hold the event on a regular basis.
“They were all there for the right reasons, it was not necessarily about the times,” she said.
The five kilometre run was won by 15 year old Elmore local Teleah Hayes, while Bendigo’s Janet Hodnett took out the 10 kilometre race. Six volunteers from Step into Life Bendigo assisted with the running of the event. Yesterday Ms Tuohey met with Community Bank branches in Rochester, Lockington and Elmore, who pledged to donate the rest of the money needed to order the defibrillator unit.
Ms Tuohey said the piece of equipment would give staff “peace of mind” knowing that they could “provide the best possible care in any emergency situation”. She said she was thankful for all who took part and said it was a pleasing community effort.