CHILDREN as young as five are being urged to run and ride for research at the second annual Run Ride Race for Research charity event.
Toowoomba's biggest multi-discipline sporting event, will be held at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28.
With more than $1000 up for grabs, children can win money for their schools and themselves just by entering into the Junior Trail Runs.
Event spokesman Dan Dwan said there would be a bigger family focus this year.
"We will have the criterium bike race, motorcycle trail ride, a 3km and 10km trail run and cross country mountain bike race but now we have four events for the kids," he said.
He said the trail run events would be a 500m race for kids six-years-old and under, a 1km race around the airport terminal's circular entrance for kids aged seven and eight, a 2km race for those aged nine and 10 and a 3km run for 11,12 and 13-year-olds.
Children are also able to compete in the cross country mountain bike junior division and the motorcycle trail ride, which attracts entrants as young as five.
"The two-day event is a great chance for the whole family to enjoy an active day out whether they are participating in the the events or enjoying the entertainment," he said.
"We have gone to great lengths to ensure the Sunday component will offer a wide range of activities for the kids."
Last year's event raised more than $60,000 for the It's A Bloke Thing Foundation for prostate cancer research and education.
The 2017 It's A Bloke Thing Foundation chairman Gary Gardner said it would be wonderful to see plenty of families turn out to not only support the event but also participate in the races.
"A healthy, active lifestyle is a great step towards mental and physical wellbeing and this year's event looks set to offer something for everyone," he said.
Funds raised from this year's event will again go towards prostate cancer education programs and research funded by the IABT.