It's time to dust your joggers off for a good cause.
The Hills News M2 Run for the Hills is on Sunday, October 20, to help raise money for children with disabilities.
Last year 400 athletes and 1500 supporters attended the inaugural 8-kilometre fun run and festival to raise $30,000 for event organiser Reach for the Rainbow, a foundation that supports early intervention services for pre-schoolers with disabilities or delayed development.
This year all donations will benefit Lifestart, an organisation that provides early childhood intervention for children with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism.
Reach for the Rainbow founder Yvonne Keane said the event is a "win win".
"Not only will we give people the chance to celebrate a fabulous free festival event, any donations they make will be helping to change little lives in the process," the Kellyville resident said.
"The Hills is extraordinarily generous when it comes to supporting wonderful local causes."
Event ambassadors Channel 10 journalist Magdalena Roze and Youth Olympic hurdler Michelle Jenneke said they were proud to help give the Lifestart children and their parents skills to "set them up for life".
A former James Ruse Agricultural High School student, Ms Roze said: "The sooner we can help these kids and provide them with essential services the better. It's all about early intervention so they can start school with everybody else," she said.
"I encourage everyone to take part, donate or just come and support the runners and the kids."
Dural resident Ms Jenneke, a silver medallist in the 100 metre hurdles at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, said this was a "great cause".
"These young children really need all the support we can give them," the former Hills Grammar student said.
Craig Greene, head of Hills M2, said Transurban and Hills M2 are "proud" to return as major sponsors of the event for the second time.
"We are pleased to partner again with the Hills News and Rouse Hill-Stanhope Gardens News to put on a great community event that supports disadvantaged youth," Mr Greene said.
"Last year's inaugural run was a fantastic day for the whole family.
"The Run for the Hills provides a great opportunity to see our local community and get outdoors with family, friends or colleagues."
For those who want to participate but never ran before Ms Jenneke suggested: "Try not looking at the race as a big thing. Take it step-by-step and break it up into little bits at a time."
The run will start and finish on Castle Hill’s Main Street (Old Northern Road) and is followed by a day-long festival with Sydney Designer Markets for families (10am-4pm) at event partner, Castle Towers. There will be a free carnival and pony rides, a kids zoo, sideshow alley, showbags, sausage sizzles, live entertainment and a free movie screening. To register: runforthehills.com.au.