Around 1600 people put their best foot forward this morning as they left the start line for the 2012 Manx Telecom Parish Walk.
The poor weather of the past 24 hours didn't put too many people off, although more rain is forecast for later.
Through Santon, the leader was Richard Spenceley with Robbie Callister in second and Michael George third.
Race organisers are urging support crews to use their common sense later.
There are several roads which will be one-way in the direction of the race and a number of no stopping zones.
They would like to see just one vehicle per walker and are reminding people to display the walker number on their front and rear windscreens.