UPDATE 11.30am: Organisers say this year's event attracted almost 3000 people.
The emphasis was on healthy lifestyles and getting active while raising money for a good cause.
UPDATE 10.30am: The 5km run run and walk is away after a short delay.
Competitors young and old are working their way through the streets of Bendigo in the event.
UPDATE 10.10am: Bendigo Lions Club is getting right behind Bendigo Health’s big Bendigo Bank Fun Run by taking care of breakfast.
Lions club volunteers are busy preparing around 2000 breakfasts complete with cereal, bananas, apples, fruit juice and water.
Now, that's a healthy start to the day!
There's also plenty of teams turning up for the big run with Victoria Police, Bendigo Braves and 3BO all letting their fans know they are taking part.
UPDATE 9.45am: Ben Ashkettle has won the 15-kilometre category of Bendigo Health’s big Bendigo Bank Fun Run.
The 25-year-old Melbourne runner posted a time of 50 minutes and 57 seconds.
Mr Ashkettle said he had travelled to Bendigo for the fun run with mate Zac Couyant who is composing a photography project.
Competitors for the five kilometre run/walk are now warming up.
Fun Run organisers are reporting plenty of first time entrants.
There's also plenty of children taking part, all decked out in their running gear.
The traditional fun costumes are also on show with the stand outs so far being two competitors dressed as clowns.
Update 9.20am: Runners have left the starting line for the 10-kilometre category of Bendigo Health’s big Bendigo Bank Fun Run.
Earlier: Some of the more serious runners have already hit the road in the 15-kilometre event which is being staged through the streets of Bendigo for the first time this year.
But the biggest crowd will tackle the five kilometre walk and run which starts from the Dai Gum San Chinese precinct at 9.30am.
A field of 3000 competitors will line up for the Bendigo Bank Fun Run this year, easily surpassing last year’s number of entries.
Bendigo Advertiser journalist Hannah Knight reports a real family feel to the event this year.
Eaglehawk’s Kathryn and Brad Hinton will compete with son Cale, 3, and six-month-old twins Alex and Alfie.
A range of Bendigo Health mascots and the Bendigo Advertiser’s own Kooka are keeping the crowd entertained as they wait for the start.
More to come…
The Bendigo Advertiser will publish a special 12-page Bendigo Health Bendigo Bank Fun Run souvenir lift-out in Monday’s printed edition.
The lift-out will include the finishing times for all competitors and picture galleries.
Don’t miss our big galleries online later today capturing all the colour and fun of the big run.