WHILE the annual Ross Marathon celebrates its winners, the vast majority of entrants do so for fun.
Yesterday's event attracted more than 900 runners and, to ensure as many people as possible can participate, races included the half-marathon and 10 kilometre races, the full marathon and a 1.5 kilometre children's challenge, in which 120 children ran.
John Anderson had more weight to force around the course than most - his two children Shae, 3, and Hamish, 5, having a bird's eye view of proceedings from the comfort of their pusher.
Catherine Elliott was another whose aim was to finish, rather than finish first.
The Launceston runner works at the St Giles respite centre and was using the half-marathon to fund-raise for the organisation.
``The $2500 I raised is for iPads for the kids,'' she said.
But Ms Elliott almost didn't make the start after over-training and straining a muscle in her hip.
``I only started running 10 kilometres at the start of the year and overdid it - I didn't run for six weeks so I was happy I was able to take part.
``My injury started to come through, but I still ran most of the way and finished in 2 hours 41 minutes.''.