PHOTOS: Legs pound at KidzWish Fun Run

Tired legs were no match for smiley faces as competitors raced across the finish line at the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at the weekend.

More than 230 competitors, KidzWish ambassadors and family members participated in the 3.6 kilometre and 5.4 kilometre fun run events on Saturday, which are in their second year.

Children, families - and the occasional four-legged companion - pounded the pavement along the seaside track, which took them from the Lang Park starting line in a loop around Flagstaff Hill and back to WIN Stadium.

The events were part of the three-day Trithegong triathlon festival , including "Miniman", sprint and Olympic distance triathlons to encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to "have a go".

KidzWish Foundation events manager Glen Meznaric said the fun runs, which raised around $5000 for the KidzWish Foundation, were a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the charity and who they help.

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

He said the fund-raising was important but so was the interaction.

Caleb Jordan during the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Caleb Jordan during the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Deklan Campbell, winner of the 3km Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Deklan Campbell, winner of the 3km Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Deklan Campbell, winner of the 3km Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Deklan Campbell, winner of the 3km Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Tom Lyons, winner of the 5km Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Tom Lyons, winner of the 5km Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

 Amanda Allmutt takes part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Amanda Allmutt takes part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

"A lot of people came up and talked to us and were interested to talk to the families and see how KidzWish has helped them in their different situation, so I think the community connection and the additional awareness is just as important as the money raised."

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Mick Kelly, of the Hunter Valley, and his dog Lenny take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Mick Kelly, of the Hunter Valley, and his dog Lenny take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Justin Chin takes part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Justin Chin takes part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Competitors take part in the Trithegong KidzWish Fun Run at Wollongong. Picture: ADAM McLEAN