Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018
Patrick Shanahan

Patrick Shanahan 

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Two years ago, I ran the Half Marathon. If you had asked me would I do it again, I would have answered with a resounding "no". Well, almost true to my word, I am NOT doing the Half Marathon again. This year, I am taking part in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018 by running a FULL MARATHON. I have deliberated over whether I should do this, whether I COULD do this - I am not from athletic stock, running is not a natural pastime for me, and I just had a birthday and am questioning my physical ability. But doesn't a great sense of achievement come from succeeding at a great challenge? As I write this, I haven't even started training and I have just over two months to get ready, but I felt unmotivated to train without knowing what I was doing this for. Yes, partly for me, but I needed a greater purpose. And finally, on my birthday, when chatting to a dear soul and learning of the devastation suicide creates, I knew I needed to focus my fundraising on the wonderful organisation that is R U OK?. Their work is really important, and I want to do what I can to help. But there is only so much I can do on my own. You can help too, by donating to my page. Any amount you can give makes a difference! You can also support me by encouraging others to get involved, too. Please email the link to my page to your friends and family, or share it on social media. Thank you for your generosity and support -- it means a lot to me. Together we can help R U OK? create the world we want to see. And even if you are unable to donate, please don't ever be afraid to ask someone that you're concerned about "R U OK?".

About my cause: R U OK?

R U OK?'s vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide.

Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

Our goals are to: 

1. Boost our confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life's ups and downs
2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others
3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us
4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic
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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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