Brave young Aussie running
Olly Woolrych is a 27yr old Australian running the length of Central America unassisted to raise money for the charity Beyond Blue.
6000kms – 8 countries – unassisted – 142 marathons
Australian long distance runner and former sufferer of depression, Olly Woolrych, is attempting to run the length of Central America unassisted from Mexico City to Panama City to raise awareness for mental health in young people.
The project, appropriately named Running from the Blues, will see the 27 year old Sydneysider run 142 marathons, or 6000km, over six months for Australian mental health organisation, beyondblue.
Mr Woolrych hatched the ambitious challenge after his own mental health battle as a young man. It was during that time, Olly discovered the enormous effect an active lifestyle had on his mental frame of mind, and in particular, the benefits regular running can bring to your day to day life.
First person to run the length of Central America completely unassisted. He will be averaging 5 marathons a week over a 6 month period to reach Panama in November of 2015.
Aiming to raise $50,000 for charity Beyond Blue.
“My battle with depression started in my very early 20’s; it spawned from the inability to progress into adulthood and a growing lack of self-esteem and self worth,” he said.
“After multiple treatment plans, running came organically and seamlessly into my life. I fell in love with it immediately, and it proved to be the best anti- depressant medication of them all.
“This run is something I felt compelled to do and a goal I wanted to achieve for myself. I also wanted to be an example for other young people struggling with mental health and show them you can achieve anything you want, as long as you start with one foot in front of the other,” said Olly.
Depression by its nature is an invisible condition and completely non- discriminative. One in four Australians will suffer from mental health issues at some point in their lives.
Having trained and prepared for 18 months, Olly is now over halfway into his Central American journey.
Olly is now looking to make it his life’s work to try to spread the message of how impactful a healthy lifestyle can be on the mental health of young people.
beyondblue is a not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma. For more information, visit beyondblue.org.au
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