If you see convicts roaming around Greens Beach on Sunday, do not be alarmed.
The Convicts and Wenches Beach Run aims to commemorate the convict heritage of many Tasmanians.
Event organiser Ian Cornelius is descended from a convict from the First Fleet.
“To have descended from convict stock is not a stain, it’s an honour,” he said.
“Let us remember them in the light of the incredible hardship they endured and the will and tenacity with which they eked out a living and then built this great nation.
“Bear in mind, they were not hardened criminals, but from poverty-stricken families convicted of stealing a loaf of bread or pound of mutton.
“Or in my case a silk dress and a small quantity of copper from the spire of a local church.
“They were the real heroes, let us remember them as such.”
Mr Cornelius said it was estimated more than 20 per cent of modern Australians were descended from convicts.
The Convicts and Wenches Beach Run gives participants the option of five distances.
Races include a 50-kilometre run, 25-kilometre run, 12-kilometre run or walk, five-kilometre run or walk, and 50-kilometre relay.
Race bibs can be collected on the day from 7am, with races beginning from 8am.
Participants are urged to dress up as a convict for the day, with prizes on offer for the best dressed people.
Head to www.convictsandwenchesmarathon.com for more information.