UPDATE, Wednesday, 2pm: The final tally raised by Port Fairy marathon runners Adam McCosh and Jim Burgess for mental health initiative Let's Talk is $11,454.85.
They had originally planned to run the Chicago Marathon but were forced to change their focus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and raised the money for the Let's Talk Foundation.
They said October was Mental Health month and it seemed a get choice to support the mental health initiative.
Let's Talk Foundation coordinator Jacinta Roache said the group was delighted with the support.
Earlier: A GROUP of Port Fairy runners are committed to ending the stigma around mental health.
On Sunday Adam McCosh and Jim Burgess ran 42.2kms to help raise $10,000 for the Let's Talk foundation.
The men were joined by other members from their group, the Port Fairy Fitness Pals, who ran varying distances with some completing a half marathon.
Mr McCosh and Mr Burgess had originally planned to run the Chicago Marathon but were forced to change their focus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We looked at what local causes we could support," Mr McCosh said.
He said with October being Mental Health Week it seemed the right choice to support Let's Talk.
"We're all middle aged fathers and we wanted to raise awareness for us and for our kids to be in a position to talk more," he said.
"We don't want our kids to go through the same stigma that we had in high school.
"Let's Talk is one of the main drivers of that. We want to set a good example for our kids. We really value the work that Let's Talk do in the community and in schools.
"They're locally based and all money raised for them goes back into our community. It was a bit of an honour to wear them on our shirt today."
Mr McCosh joked that before he took up running it was only something he'd do if he was being chased.
But he said he'd found it to be a good way to look after his mental health.
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"It's a hard thing to get going and get into," he said. "Once you start beating challenges and reaching goals it's quite addictive."
Mr McCosh praised the efforts of the Port Fairy Fitness Pals and said they'd celebrate their achievements in the afternoon.
"It's not just about us doing the marathon," he said. "Some have done their first half marathon which is just as big." By late Sunday afternoon it was anticipated that $10,000 had been raised for the Let's Talk Foundation.
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