GALLERY: Hearts and soles track the miles for cancer

HUNDREDS of hearts were in the right place with nearly 700 people registering and putting their sneaker soles on track to take part in the Walk for Life Gladstone event.

Organisers say late entries were still trickling in Saturday night as walkers lapped up the metres, striding or ambling their way around the sports oval at Chanel College.

As the sun's rays broke though the Sunday morning fog, groups of tired walkers were still making their way around the oval, after 16 hours seemingly on a permanent rotation.

Excess of $87,000 was raised for the Cancer Council of Queensland as the walkers, in a mix of sensible and crazy attire plus a few 'costumed heroes, spent 18 hours circling the oval.

It was a big community effort with 68 teams entered including work places, families, good friends and schools - the monies raised to go toward cancer research and support services.

The event got under way at 3pm with an emotional lap of honour around the oval by dozens of cancer survivors and their carers, backed by the sounds of the Gladstone Municipal Band.

Spontaneous applause greeted them as they made their way; some were left quite breathless by their effort as they continue to undergo cancer treatment.

At 7pm a special candlelight ceremony was held when the walkers stopped to light candles and write messages of tribute with event patron Liz Cunningham and the Faces of the 2015 event Gary Larsen and Jenny McGuire.