More than 3300 people of all ages took part in the Bendigo Bank Fun Run on Sunday.
The event has grown in popularity since last year's registrations total of 2991 participants.
Event organiser Kiri Earl said she was ecstatic the event was so successful.
She said 100 per cent of funds raised would go to the hospital's renal dialysis unit.
She said more than $120,000 had been calculated so far with final calculations to be completed at the end of the week.
"It is so nice to see so many happy faces," she said.
"The success of this event means so much for the hospital.
"We want to try and provide more equipment for when patients come in for hemodialysis.
"We want to ensure they are comfortable, there are enough chairs and there is new technology that expands the opportunity for patients undergoing hemodialysis.
"The event also promotes good health and fitness."
She said for a lot of people this was a huge achievement after weeks of preparation and training.
13-year-old Archie Reid came first in his age group for the 10km run.
"It was a really hard race," he said.
Archie has dreams of one day becoming an athlete competing internationally.
He travelled from Echuca with his father Anthony.
"It's quite amazing what he does for his age," Mr Reid said.
Archie plans to join the Bendigo Athletics club to continue his passion for running.
Experienced runner and Gisborne local Kay Millington started running eight years ago.
She said the race "went beautifully" for her.
"I didn't push myself as much as I could have," she said.
"It was wonderful though."
THE Bendigo Bank Fun Run was more than just a running race.
The event brought a whole community together at the weekend.
Gabrielle Bertoni-Marshall, Craig Marshall and Yvonne Welch dressed as superman and superwoman to increase the fun factor at the race.
So did Rex Walker as Spiderman.
"The full lycra suit made me cut through the air and go faster," Mr Walker joked.
"Super heroes don't always win but they get involved.
"It is a fun run after all.
"The kids really loved running with a super hero, too."
Many volunteers and committed event staff united to make the fundraising event a success.
Event volunteer Jacqui Trimby gave her time to hand out juice and milk to the runners after the race.
"Telstra business centre Bendigo loves to support the Bendigo Health foundation," she said.
"It's a great to be involved with."
Bendigo athlete Jason Sim said the day was all about getting the community together.
"Doing other races are great but it is not quite the same as this," he said.
"This gives people an opportunity to be involved in the community while donating to a really worthy cause.
"In this race you are able to see where the money goes."
BENDIGO group PreCompTri represented at the finish line in the 15km race.
Fraser Walsh took out first place impressing his coach Dave Meade who was not far behind in second place.
Another of Mr Meade's students Nathan Meade was following closely behind, crossing the line in third place.
Fraser Walsh was happy with the team's effort.
Mr Walsh is part of the triathlon training group led by Dave Meade.
Mr Mead said both of the groups competitors had performed well and to the best of their capability.
"I gave them a rating system to work toward leading up to the race and they stuck to it perfectly, they actually bet it," he said.
Mr Meade said he would continue to support the event for a long time.
"It is an opportunity to support a great cause and get out for a good day," he said.
"We will always support the cause as a team."
UPDATE 10.40am: The Bendigo Chinese Dragon Association performed for the crowd.
UPDATE 10.20am: The crowd is growing as more 5km runners pour through the finish line.
UPDATE 10.15am: family and friends cheer as the first wave of 5km runners cross the finish line.
UPDATE 9.45am: The 5km race - the biggest event of the day - has started!
Keep watching as people cross the finish line. Good job all.
UPDATE 9.20am: The 5km race will begin soon.
13-year-old Archie Reid from Echuca crossed the finish line for the 10km race among a crowd of adults.
He said it was a tough course.
UPDATE 9.10am: 10km race winner crosses the line.
UPDATE 8.55am: Fraser Walsh takes out first place in the 15km race.
Dave Meade takes out second place.
Nathan Meade takes third.
UPDATE 8.50am: The AFS accountants team of more than 100 are warming up their vocal chords by cheering along other runners.
The Bendigo Bank Fun Run has started! Runners are off and racing! Participants in the 10-kilometre race started at Sidney Myer Place at 8.30am this morning.
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