BENDIGO fathers, grandfathers and their families took part in the second annual Run for Dad fund-raiser yesterday.
About 300 runners and walkers of all abilities completed either the run or the walk to raise awareness for prostate cancer research.
The Run for Dad saw participants take part in the 6.5 kilometre run from Eaglehawk to Bendigo or the 2.5 kilometre walk around Rosalind Park.
The event coincided with Father’s Day and many dads took to the track with their children.
Bendigo’s Biggest Loser father and son team Gerald and Todd Nester took part in the community event for the first time.
Gerald said he was happy to be a part of a Father’s Day event that recognised the hard work men and women do every day.
“Father’s Day is a special day,” he said.
Todd said since being a part of The Biggest Loser earlier this year, his life had changed dramatically, however it hasn’t been smooth sailing for his father.
“It is easy for Todd, he is young, but for me it has been a battle to keep the weight off,” Gerald said.
“You still have to go on diets and walks and do the kilometres.
“The goal is to keep the weight off and keep yourself fit.
“It just doesn’t stop.”
St John of God director of Mission Patrick Byrne said this year’s event had grown.
“This is the first year we have introduced the walk,” he said. “What we have noticed is that it is a family day.”
“There was lots of families at the finish line of the run wanting to do something so hence we introduced the walk this year and it has been quite popular.”
Mr Byrne said the run raised about $5000 last year and he hoped to raise more this year.