SURF ‘T’ Surf organisers are confident the fun run will attract 2000 participants for the first time next year.
Entries for the annual event open tomorrow morning.
The fun run, which includes a 10-kilometre run, six-kilometre run, six-kilometre walk and lap of the lake course, attracted 1947 people in January this year.
Surf ‘T’ Surf joint race director Jason Chuck said the fun run increased in popularity each year and a bumper field was expected for its 33rd running.
“Generally we get quite a rush early and as more people strike up the courage to give it a go we get more entries as it draws nearer,” he said.
Chuck put the rise in numbers down to an “increasing awareness of the importance of keeping fit”.
“And as we have had new, more accessible categories of races, such as lap of the lake and walk, it has opened it up to new participants who in the past might not have thought they’re up to the 10-kilometre race,” he said.
“One exciting new thing we have is a misting tent.
“It’s a large marquee with a specially-designed sprinkler system to cool people down.
“Both the six-kilometre and the 10-kilometre courses will go through that.”
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Steve Moneghetti has thrown his support behind the annual fun run again.
Chuck said injury stopped Moneghetti from running in the 2013 event, restricting him to keen observer, but the long-distance specialist would enter the 10-kilometre run next year.
Chuck is also hopeful of luring Prime Minister Tony Abbott to compete.
“In the lead-up to the last election Tony Abbott made a commitment to run the race if he won the election so we are following up on that now,” he said.
The 33rd Surf ‘T’ Surf is on January 5, 2014.
To enter, go to surftsurf.org