Besides being a hardy bunch, runners are also pretty forgiving.

Saturday, during the Kiwanis’ annual 5k fun run/walk, there was a bit of route confusion with some runners directed off the official course and winding up covering more than the designated distance.

But apart from perplexed expressions at the conclusion of the race through Hideaway Beach and back to Tigertail Beach, the runners took the glitch, well, in their stride.

Kiwanis president Tim Clune apologized, and duly announced that participants would have free entry to next year’s race, which will be the fourth of its kind.

In a release, the Kiwanis said the runners and walkers “appeared to embrace the important fund raising goal of the event – to support the international Kiwanis organization in their efforts to eliminate maternal / neonatal tetanus throughout the world.”

About 20 sponsors volunteered cash and services for the race.