The Dovedale Dash crosscountry event is returning to the Ashbourne area for its 58th year.
The event takes place on Sunday, November 3 at 11.00 am.
The race features the renowned spectacle of the runners plunging through the ice-cold river Dove at the Stepping Stones beauty spot.
An event spokesman said: “People come year after year so they must enjoy it!”
Most of the four and three quarter mile course is over field and dale on rough paths and tracks.
The course starts from Thorpe Pastures, down in to Linn Dale and rounding the base of Bunster Hill.
It then proceeds towards Ilam village and turns left alongside the river Manifold towards Cold wall Bridge.
Competitors then run back alongside the river Dove to the stepping stones and the final push up the hill of Linn Dale.
Last year, over 1,500 runners of all ages and capabilities competed.
There are trophies for winners in the open class, under 18s, under 14s, over 60s, women and locals but many people enter for the fun of the run.
There is a separate race for under 10s, starting at 10.00 am.
Last year’s champion, Stuart Bond, from Baslow, is returning to defend his title having already won the race three times previously.
Mr Bond is defending his title despite having his wedding two days befroe the race.
Some running clubs bring a coach load of runners for the event, and inter-club rivalry contributes to the unique atmosphere of the Dash.
Commentary will once again be provided by Josie Wimboro, who is now in her third year as a commentator.
The Bentley Brook Inn is sponsoring the Dash and will be presenting the trophies at 12.15 pm.
Light refreshments will be available on the day and St John’s Ambulance will be in attendance in case of any injuries.
There is no charge for spectators at the start of Thorpe Pastures or the viewing spot at the stepping stones.
This year the organisers are planning to record everybody’s time and position and publish the results after the race.
The event is run on a voluntary basis by local people, and all profits go to local charitable causes.
Entry is £5 on the day only, except for runners under-14 years old, starting from 9am.
Full details can be found on the website www.dovedaledash.co.uk and the organisers can be contacted on 01335 350410.