AFTER weeks of preparation, today is the day where thousands of men and women will put their training for the 29th annual Burnie Ten to the test.
About 5000 people are expected to take part in Australia's biggest 10-kilometre race, which starts at 11.15am in Burnie's Wilson Street.
Last year's winner and Australian Olympian Collis Birmingham will not defend his title and there are many Tasmanian and interstate competitors looking to get their name etched on the trophy.
Australia's fastest 10,000 metre runner Ben St Lawrence is the favourite while others are just taking part for fun and fitness.
Health and Fitness Launceston started with a group of eight keen starters three months ago, however, due injuries suffered in the build-up, the team has been reduced to six.
``We are entered as a team but we will be running individually at different paces trying to achieve our goal times,'' gym head trainer Tim Reece said yesterday.
``A lot of us have done the Launceston 10 so they know what level they are up to and will be trying to improve on that time.
``We set goals at the start of the 10-week training block and we have worked on endurance in the legs, some speed training as well with lots of different running styles so they can cover the 10 kilometres without struggling.''
The Burnie Surf Life Saving Club has won the sporting club challenge the past two years and vice-president Jono Price said his club was looking to make it three in a row.
The club has used the money to participate in the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships and will do so this year if it is good enough.