If a growing turnout is a sign of increasing awareness, then South Canterbury women are becoming much more aware of their heart health.
Sunday's third Jennian Homes Fun Run/Walk, which is staged in support of women's heart health, saw a record field of 240, up from the 180 to 190 who turned out last year, despite the fact that it coincided with Mother's Day.
It seems dozens of mothers in Timaru saw it as a good day to take family and friends for a walk or run around Caroline Bay. The field included many mums and their children.
Chari Wilson, left, and Airi Miyata, 16, take part in the 5km Mother's Day fun run/walk at Caroline Bay on Sunday morning.
Heart disease kills more than 55 Kiwi women a week. The fun run, staged nationally, was "a great way to raise much-needed funds and awareness for heart health and encourage women to look after themselves by being fit and active", Heart Foundation medical director Gerry Devlin said.
The event has been going for seven years, though this was only the third year it had been staged in Timaru.
"We had a great event, really good, a record number of 240 people," Timaru organiser Matt McKeown said.
"The weather held out and the sun came out, which was great."