(Posted - 11 Sep 2012)
When more than 400 runners line up in Anglesea ready to put their physical and mental toughness to the test by running 100km in the inaugural Surf Coast Century ultra trail run, there will be many, many inspirations and motivations firing the legs and lungs and wills to finish.
Some will be looking for a win, overall or category podium, others will be there as part of a lifechanging journey, a-la Scott Knabel out to change his weight and his destiny; and some are there fired by a cause.
In the case of Kerry White the fire in the belly is to raise funds and awareness for the Butterfly Foundation, an organisation "dedicated to bringing about change to the culture, policy and practice in the prevention, treatment and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image."
Mrs White said her family's experience through teenage daughter Olivia's battle with anorexia nervosa had taught them there were others in harder, potentially devastating positions.
Owner of Greensborough personal training business Step Into Life, Mrs White said she hoped to raise $10,000 to help the foundation provide services and support to people with eating disorders and their families.
"We have been lucky to get rid of it, but know other families are dealing with it day by day," she said.
"It is going to hurt like hell, but I have done 100km and four marathons before, so I am not naive."
Olivia, 15, said her mother, who had so far raised more than $3000, was inspirational.
"This experience has been a blessing in disguise as it has made everyone stronger," Olivia said.
"It has changed my, and mum's, personality, making us more positive and wanting to take life by the horns."
Information and entries at www.surfcoastcoastcentury.com.au
Donations to Kerry's fundraising efforts can be made directly HERE.