It is time to register for the Pak 'N Save 3 Bridges Marathon in Whanganui on December 8.

The annual event is hosted by the Wanganui Harrier Club and spokesman Rob Condor said there had been some changes to the route this year.

"There won't be as many tight bends and it should be better for runners and walkers of all levels.

"The route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs and entries are limited to 1000."

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Condor said the marathon, now in its 15th year, was likely to attract a lot of entries this year and people should register early.

"The number of entries gets bigger each year and I think people will want to try the new route.

The event comprises the Pak 'N Save Marathon Run and Walk, the Property Brokers Half Marathon Run and Walk, the Unichem Whanganui 10km Run and Walk, The Hits 5km Run and Walk, the Let's Go Corporate Relay and the McDonald's Kids Fun-Runathon.

Start times will be staggered throughout the day starting with marathon walkers at 6am through to the Kids Fun-Runathon participants at 12.30pm.

Early bird and minor spot prizes will be drawn before the event and can be collected with race packs.

"The major prizes will be drawn at prize-giving afterwards and winners must be there to collect them or they will be redrawn," Condor said.

• Register online at whanganuithreebridges.co.nz or contact Wanganui Harrier Club on 06-343 3453. Online entries close at midnight on December 6. Late entries will be accepted at registration on December 7 and 8 with an additional $10 late entry fee.