THE Ipswich Park2Park challenge has certainly come a long way since its inaugural event in 2004.
Back then, only 338 people participated in the fun run.
A decade later, more than 2000 people have laced up their runners to take on the challenging course, which ran between Limestone and Queens Park.
The event is organised by the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and raises money for the not-for-profit organisation. The morning included half-marathon, 10km and 5km events.
Race director Chris Gale said even though participation numbers had slipped by about 50 entrants this year, the event was still as popular as ever.
"This fun run is never going to rival races like the Bridge to Brisbane or the Gold Coast Airport Marathon - but it's not about that," he said.
"The purpose of the Park2Park is to promote active lifestyles and encourage people to get out there and give it a go."
Mr Gale said studies had shown there was still a prevalence of overweight and obese people in Ipswich.
He said it was important the city continued to stay focused on becoming a healthy community.
"This is why Ipswich Hospital Foundation has a lot of fitness initiatives such as their Fit4Life activities and walking groups."
Mr Gale, who has been the Park2Park race director since its inception, said he hoped to see participation numbers double in another 10 years.
For details about Ipswich Hospital Foundation's future activities visit ihfoundation.org.au.
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