WHETHER they ran to achieve a personal best or to show their support for a little five-year-old boy battling leukaemia, entrants in this year's Cane2Coral sure did run with heart.
More than 2000 competitors rose early for the 4km, 8km, 15km, 21.1km and 42km distances, with Bundaberg putting on glorious conditions for the annual winter run.
Race director Anne Curtis said there were 2154 entries this year - down from previous years.
"People enjoyed the day, and the weather particularly," she said.
Ms Curtis said the event was started years ago as a way for people to get out and do something for their fitness and for the community.
"It's now developed into something that's now about team work, friendships and raising funds," she said.
Raising awareness was the reason Tasha and John Giovannoni and Jedidah and Jeff Morley laced up and donned bright green singlets bearing the brave face of a boy dressed in a Superman costume.
That super hero is Bundaberg boy Sam Ross.
Little Sam is battling a rare strain of leukaemia and will, on August 20, undergo a bone marrow transplant of which his two-year-old brother, Ryan, is the donor.
"We wanted to do something for Sammy," Mrs Giovannoni said.
While running in the Gold Coast Marathon last month, Mrs Giovannoni and Mrs Morley decided they would run the Cane2Coral half marathon for the sick boy, who they met through their mother's group just before Sam became ill.
"We thought it was fitting that we did the long distance for Super Sam - he turned five this weekend," Mrs Giovannoni said.
"There were only four of us running together, but we really hope a few people saw the shirts and will be able to donate to Sam's cause.
"The Ross family has got a big road ahead."
To find out how you can help Sam and his family, visit www.facebook.com/SamRossFundraising.