The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) is calling on Indigenous Australians to apply for its program which will see chosen applicants run in the worlds biggest marathon and complete sport and recreation study – all in the name of celebrating Indigenous resilience and achievement.
Successful applicants will be trained to run in the New York City Marathon and will also complete a Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation. Applicants will have six months to train for the marathon with the help of coach and 2014 IMP graduate Adrian Dodson-Shaw.
The project, a core program of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, is open to all Indigenous Australians aged 18-30 and no prior running experience is necessary.
Applications are now open, with the national tour set to take place early next year to identify 12 inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and use the skills the marathon teaches them to celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement in their communities.
‘It’s a really exciting time,’’ Mr Dodson-Shaw said. “Everywhere I go I’m blown away by the incredible potential across the country and the willingness of young Indigenous Australians to step up and challenge themselves.”
The search is not about discovering Olympic runners; it is about finding motivated people who have the strength of character to inspire their communities and the nation through their commitment and ability to tackle challenges.
Mr de Castella said joining the IMP would test the limits of the 12 successful recruits, and offer huge rewards.
“Don’t hesitate, register now and take up the IMP challenge,” Mr de Castella said. “Running is easy, just one step after the other, but running a marathon is hard, just like life can be, especially if you want to make a difference.
“IMP will change your life and the lives of other in your community and family, just ask any of the 75 IMP graduates.
“Many of them never thought they could do it, but they did. Don’t hold yourself back, give it a go and apply now.”
Next year’s national tour will visit communities around Australia and select six men and six women in a trial that includes a 3km run for women and 5km run for men, in addition to an interview. The group will also be expected to complete a Certificate IV in Sport & Rec, First Aid qualification, Level 1 Recreational Running accreditation and a mental health program as part of the project’s education component.
Applications can be made online or a form can be downloaded from the website www.imf.org.au.
The IMP is a program of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, a not‐for‐profit foundation established in 2009 by world marathon champion Rob de Castella. The IMF relies on the generous support of the Australian Government Department of Health, Department of Regional Australia, local Government, Arts and Sport, Qantas, ASICS, Accor, Good Oil Films and the generosity of the Australian public.