A few months ago I published a story about one of my best mates Olly Woolrych doing a charity run across Central America to raise awareness of mental health in young people.
This morning in Panama, Olly completed his incredible 6000km journey, and in the process, 142 marathons, averaging 5 a week, across 8 countries. His brothers Dom and Ed, along with his girlfriend Ashlee (pictured above) were there to greet him at the finish line.
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A very very proud moment in Panama today. Olly has just become the first person to run unassisted the length of Central America. 6000km / 7 countries / 6 months all to raise money for BeyondBlue Australia – check out his journey at www.runningfromtheblues.com.au @runningfromtheblues @edwoolrych
It feels like only a week ago, sitting with Olly a couple of nights before he left, questioning such a mammoth undertaking. I’ve been chatting to Olly extensively over the past few months and he has remained as positive as ever, slogging out day after day, pumped to finish his run and return to Australia to make a positive impact on the issues of mental health. Watching him embrace his twin brother Ed in Dom’s video above was an emotional moment, as I’m sure it was for so many of his friends. I’m blown away by Olly’s dream, his resilience and his achievement.
The completed run makes Olly the first person in the world to run unassisted across the entire length of Central America. Despite finishing his run, Olly is only half way through his goal to raise $50,ooo for Beyond Blue. You can support his journey by donating here.