When Kellie Moody saw the Dubbo Stampede was a virtual event this year, she not only signed up herself but convinced seven of her friends to take part too.
Ms Moody is originally from Trundle but moved to Melbourne about 6.5 years ago.
Her running group - which she met at the gym and describes as her family - usually does about one fun run a month. But due to the COVID-19 restrictions they've started competing in virtual events to give them goals to look forward to.
When the Stampede went virtual, Ms Moody said it was the perfect opportunity to participate in an event she had always wanted to do.
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Herself and two others will be doing the 21 kilometre half marathon, another three will do 10 kilometres and two will do five kilometres.
"Everyone was really keen. They loved the idea and loved that the money was going to the wildlife hospital," Ms Moody said.
"We did want to do it as a group but we've had to split into twos. We'll still get it done."
Having a joint goal, like the Stampede has kept the group close. They all message each other to offer support and encouragement.
Ms Moody said after taking up running 10 years ago, she'd now be lost without exercise.
"I live by myself so it gives me an hour with someone else. And it's just good to get fresh air," she said.
"It's something I love to do and just mentally and emotionally it's been my savour."
While she would have loved to run through Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Ms Moody said it was great to have the opportunity to participate from afar.
The virtual Dubbo Stampede will be held on August 30. More information, including how to sign up, is available on the website.