JAMIE Milne is running in the rain as he approaches the Snowy Mountains on Day Five of his epic endurance run from Melbourne to Warana to raise awareness and funds for the Dementia Rsearch Foundation.
The rain, like that he endured on Day Two, is constant and unforgiving with the temperature a shivering eight degrees.
Jamie has already run 340kms and will reach the 400km mark of the 2000km endurance test by late Wednesday afternoon.
On what is World Alzheimer's Day, the ultra runner has challenged people to connect with family members or friends battling dementia.
Milne says rather than just talking, physical contact through simply holding a hand or sharing an experience like listening to music could help add quality to a person's live.
He started the Many Miles for Mary Charity in honour of his own beloved nanna who suffered rapid onset dementia and says it was something as a young bloke he had not handled well, talking at rather than with the powerful female figure in his life.
The runner and his support crew have left Batlow and are heading towards Tumut but will travel on to Canberra by vehicle Wednesday night to meet representatives of Dementia Research Australia and to attend a panel discussion at the National Library of Australia Theatre.
As well as spending 10-12 hours a day on the road he also found time to speak to students at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Batlow about his fundraising endeavour and has further talks ahead in the coming weeks.
Jamie was inspired by the Man from Snowy River story as a child and will draw on that to pull him through what is already a tough day.
Last year Jamie ran around Tasmania to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.
This run is already about to crack $8000 for the Dementia Research Foundation.
You can add to the total by going to: give.everydayhero. com/au/many-miles-for-ma ry-2016-east-coast-run
Jamie has also signed on for the Daily's Kick the Kilos challenge.
To follow Jamie's progress download the free Strava app and join Sunshine Coast Daily Kick the Kilos club.
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