STAFF members are firing up for the fourth Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival on September 5.
Manager Warren Hughes said the crew were being encouraged all the way by event ambassador Steve Moneghetti, recently named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday honours list.
"Every staff member participates in one of the various distances on the day," Hughes said.
"They are all highly motivated and looking forward to this year's festival.
"We are very excited to get behind such a great community event and enjoy watching it grow each year."
Steve Moneghetti, 51, received his award for 'significant service to athletics as a marathon runner, administrator and mentor to young athletes' and expressed how honoured he felt.
"It won't change me, I'm still the same boy from Ballarat doing what I've always loved to do," the champion long distance runner said.
He still runs every single day and tries to tick over 100km a week most weeks.
"The key to running is just hard work and persistence," he revealed.
"For those who haven't quite fallen in love with the sport yet, the advice is to start slowly.
"If you're not enjoying it, you're probably going too fast."
Moneghetti is a four-time Olympian and won a gold medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in the marathon, silver in 1990 and bronze in 1986 and 1998.
He also won a bronze medal in the marathon at the athletics world championships in Athens in 1997 and is a three-time winner and record holder in the Sydney City to Surf.
"I get just as much enjoyment from community events like the Coffs Running Festival," Steve added.
"It's great seeing people of all ages and abilities taking part in running."
Village Sport event director Mick Maley is thrilled his old friend and Bendigo Bank have remained so loyal.
"Without the support of local businesses, the running festival would not be the success it is," Mick said.
"And Monnas' (Moneghetti's) contribution is significant. He is a very worthy recipient of the AM."