Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018
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CONGRATS! you got clickbaited!! Since you're already here, why not read on and find out why I'm running a marathon!! (It's not so I can eat more garlic bread, I promise) This story starts like every fairytale. Once upon a time, (A few months ago) I went for a walk. On that walk I had the bright idea that I should run a marathon, for fun. I had planned to keep this little goal a secret and just do it for myself, that way, no one would know if I didn't finish. However, I realised it's far better to do it for a good cause. So I plucked up the courage to share this with you (shout out to you for being here and reading this! Thank you!). The charity I’ve decided to run for is Black Dog Institute, a mental health organisation that does seriously good stuff! (check it out below here!) As someone with an unhealthy love for pepper steak pies, sleep, a fear of commitment and a severe dislike for any temperature below 25 degrees, I couldn’t think of anything better than running 42km. (Especially because I'd have to do double the work with half the leg length). Due to this insane idea, for the past few months, I have committed to (sometimes) waking up before the sun and venturing outside to brave the bitter Sydney winter (where not even my Sharkies beanie would keep me warm), to run distances that should not be traveled by foot in my trusty preschool size 2 (yes, 2) shoes. Mainly so I can eat unlimited pies without feeling guilty. (But also, for a good cause, remember - that's why you're considering donating!) So soon I’m running a marathon and will probably have to give up a limb, when I put it like that, donating a few dollars doesn't seem too bad does it... To show my gratitude for your donation, the highest donation will receive a signed (by me) official finisher T-shirt. You can wear it and say you ran the marathon yourself, frame it and hang it on the entry to your home, use it for motivation to run the marathon next year, re-gift, or use it to keep your beloved pet up with the latest Dogue trends! The options really are endless, and I wouldn't want you to miss out on this piece of history. So donate big!! High 5's all round for everyone else. EVERYONE IS A WINNER. (except for my legs).

About my cause: Black Dog Institute

Our vision

A mentally healthier world.

Our mission

Enabling mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation.

What we do

The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness, and the promotion of wellbeing.

We aim to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through the rapid translation of high quality research into improved clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions.

Our unique approach incorporates clinical services with our cutting-edge research, our health professional training and community education programs. We combine expertise in clinical management with innovative research to develop new, and more effective strategies for people living with mental illness. We also place emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health in themselves and others, as well as providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.

We work directly in all parts of the community as well as guiding the development of new and improved policy. We place focus on those with specific mental health needs like young people, Indigenous communities, men, and high-risk workforces.

Our primary areas of mental health research and treatment include: depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, workplace mental health, adolescents and young people, suicide prevention, e-mental health, and positive psychology and wellbeing.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018

The 2018 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 16, 2018 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2018.

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