BEN FERRIS believes that man was born to run.
The Byron Bay triathlete is celebrating a new relationship with the Beyond Blue Foundation and over coming months will be undertaking a series of 'B' themed endurance runs.
He has just completed his first, running from Brisbane to Byron Bay overnight last Friday. Today at 4pm he will run a marathon without leaving town, on a treadmill set up out front of the Great Northern Hotel.
Local brewers Stone and Wood will also donate a keg, with proceeds from beer sales going to Beyond Blue.
During the coming months Ben will run from Byron to Bondi, then in winter from Broome to Byron.
"I manage my own depression through my devotion to fitness," he said.
"When I am running I have a clearer mind, I am healthier and a lot more positive."
Local real estate agents at Ray White Byron Bay have provided Ben's first donation, giving $250 towards his cause.
Principal David Gordon, a marathon runner himself, immediately got behind Ben's cause.
"It's great to see a young man with as much selfless ambition and drive to help others as Ben has," he said.
"It's hard not to be inspired when you meet him and we were excited to be able to support Beyond Blue in our local area."
McGrath Real Estate at Byron Bay has also boosted Ben's fundraising effort to the tune of $300.
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