JENNIFER Arnold and Stephen Jackson were the big winners at Bathurst's Australia Day awards ceremony on Friday night, sweeping the Event of the Year categories.
The duo is responsible for bringing parkrun to Bathurst and it was that event that won the Community Event of the Year award.
"It's just a brilliant celebration of anyone who wants to live life to the fullest essentially," Ms Arnold said of parkrun.
"... There's no rules about how fast or slow you need to be, it's just an inclusive community event."
From parkrun, the Mount Panorama Punish was born and for the second time it was Bathurst's Destination Event of the Year winner.
The event was introduced in 2017 to give people the chance to do "one hot lap" around Mount Panorama on foot and each year it increases in size.
Ten months out from the 2020 event, there are already 300 entries.
"There's no doubt we'll crack 1000 entries this year," Mr Jackson said.
In addition to providing a unique event that boosts tourism to Bathurst, Mount Panorama Punish has also given back around $5000 so far to local groups.
Friday's ceremony also saw the youth of Bathurst recognised with the Youth Arts Award.
The three finalists were Natalia Burgess, Rose McPhail and Bobbi Ralls and it was Ms Ralls, a talented vocalist, who won the award and $1000 scholarship.
For the first time, Greening Bathurst presented two awards for Australia Day.
The first was a commendation, awarded to Jim Schaerf, for his efforts to clean up rivers. This award had never been presented before.
In another first, the Jo Ross Memorial Award was presented to a farming family that has been in the region for generations.
The Inwood family owns a property at Glanmire and were commended for the careful way they look after the land.
Michael Inwood accepted the award on behalf of his wife Therese, their five children and other members of their family who have contributed over many years.
"I along with the members of my family have been inspired by other farmers and I have cherry-picked many ideas from others and I think it's important to acknowledge that," Mr Inwood said in his acceptance speech.
This year's ceremony also included the presentation of the Bathurst Regional National Trust Heritage awards.
The award for restoration of a significant heritage building went to Stephen Birrell and Glenda Deans for the Victoria Stores.
Ian Redpath and his Bathurst Explorer Bus picked up the heritage tourism award, while Graham Lupp was acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to heritage.
Bathurst's citizen and young citizen of the year were also recognised, however the recipients, Bob Cassidy and Natalia Burgess, had been announced late last year.