Local Heroes: Help Marty Conquer Mental Health While He Runs A 600KM Ultramarathon

marty starts his run in kalgoolie

Local Heroes: Help Marty Conquer Mental Health While He Runs A 600KM Ultramarathon

Local Heroes: Help Marty Conquer Mental Health While He Runs A 600KM Ultramarathon 1440 1080 James Turner

For those who are unaware of what an ultramarathon requires, strap yourself in. The official definition is anyone who runs longer than the traditional 42.5km marathon distance.

The ultimate test in body and mind perseverance – those who are game enough to take part in an ultramarathon usually double the length bringing the total distance to a casual 85km. 

But for superhumans like our good friend Marty, he’s planning to blow the standard ultramarathon out of the water by completing a mind boggling 120km per day for 5 days straight! 

That’s over 600km!

To top it off he’ll be also running this epic distance under the Western Australian desert sun. 

You might be thinking at this point, ‘how can someone possibly achieve that’? 

His motivation, that’s what. 

His motivation is going to be the driving forces while he conquers the gruelling journey. He’s doing it for all those out there who suffer day in and day out with mental health problems. Marty is planning on raising over $25,000 while he runs from Kalgoorlie to Perth to support Headspace! 100% of every tax-deductible donation will go to supporting the amazing efforts the ‘angels’ at Headspace provide the Australian youth and their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How You Can Help

Donate! Donate! Donate!

Marty has already managed to secure $2,500 and is looking to hit a target of $25,000 during his run. We would love it if you could donate to support his cause. Simply head to the link below, select your amount and you’re good to go. We are encouraging everyone to share the message to help him reach this incredible milestone. 

Donate here -> https://chuffed.org/project/miles-for-mental-health-ultramarathon

Visit The Finish Line

Another great way to support his efforts is to head down to Langley Park on Sunday 15 September to watch Marty cross the finish line. We’re sure by that point he’ll be needing some solid words of encouragement as he approaches the finish!

Watch His Journey Across W.A

For those that can’t make it down to the finish line, you can always watch his journey by following his stories on Facebook and Instagram. If you are also in the area along his chosen route, drop by to say hi, show support and even a solid high five. He’s helped us all out by including a list of distances and map so you can see if any of them are close to your home or local community.

Download Distance Chart

Listen to the Pre-Race Hype

If you want to know more about Marty’s motivations and his passion for helping those in need, you can also listen to his feature on the Nathan, Nat & Shaun show!

Good luck Marty, we can’t wait to see how you go! First-round is on us.

Who are Headspace?

For those that don’t know, headspace supports the Australian community by providing support and mental health counselling to young Australian’s. If you are currently in need or would like a friendly face to chat to, drop them a line on or visit your local centre.

If you need to speak to someone urgently, please call:


13 11 14

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800