TRUE strength and determination shone from young runners at an annual fundraiser recently.
A team of 60 runners competed in the Glenvale School Run The Lake event around Lake Wendouree.
The event raised money for Glenvale School and $5000 was donated to the local CFA.
Fourteen of the runners completed a marathon, some as young as nine.
The youngest of the marathon runners, grade five pupil Brodie, said he trained twice a week.
He completed the seven-lap effort in just over five-and-a-half hours.
Physical education teacher Wayne Robb said the event had taken off since it started three years ago.
“This is the third year running it, it just gets bigger and better,” Mr Robb said.
“They’ve all done the training in their own time.”
Sebastopol CFA captain Joe Janson was impressed by the pupils’ efforts.
“It’s amazing what the kids have done, it’s been a fantastic effort, and for the school to donate to us is so generous,” Mr Janson said.
“We were able to get some gear and equipment to assist fire fighters’ safety.”