Times, dates and places for the national search for the 2018 squad of the Indigenous Marathon Project. Please contact head office or Adrian Dodson-Shaw for more information. Otherwise, simply turn up on the day to try out. And supporters are welcome! #RunSweatInspire
It was a huge effort by the 22 Canberra, Queanbeyan and Yass applicants who tried out for the IMP this morning. Regardless of the outcome, how lucky we are to have so many promising young Indigenous people ready to put their hands up for something entirely new and pretty scary. And a big shout-out to the Deadly Running coaches who have worked so hard to establish a strong presence in the capital. #RunSweatInspire
Two strong and determined runners met with Adrian in Newcastle today to have a go in the IMP try-outs. As Burraburra woman Rachel Howard told ABC Newcastle, it's not the physical aspect that counts, "it's just another mental challenge". Well done and good luck! #RunSweatInspire
INDIGENOUS RUNNERS PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES IN BID FOR NEW YORK MARATHON PLACE 🏃🏃♀️
A group of Indigenous runners in Newcastle have taken part in a trial to eve...ntually secure a place in the New York marathon.
The Indigenous Marathon Project is a non-profit initiative founded by Australian runner Rob de Castella.
The program trials 150 Indigenous runners from across the country, with 12 eventually selected.
“We facilitate their journey through the six months where they undergo education components, CPR, First Aid, mental health [training], and [are] basically on the road to achieve the end goal of running the New York marathon,” the project’s coach, and Yaru man, Adrian Dodson-Shaw said.
“It’s just about putting the application in, turning up, and just giving it a go. I think that’s all you can do.
“You’ll never quite know where it’ll take you.”
Mr Dodson-Shaw said the project is not looking for elite athletes, but people wanting to make change in their community.
“Showing up is the main thing, doing the run, and basically telling their story,” he said.
“We don’t select athletes. It’s not about athletes, we’re a health promotional program.
“We try and look at those individuals that have the drive [to] not only change themselves, but change their community and their families. It’s a bigger picture thing.
“We want to empower them so that they become leaders, because it’s much more than just running and going to the New York marathon.”
Rachel Howard, a Burraburra woman, took part in the trial.
She said running helped her through mental health issues.
“I’ve seen how running helps me, and I want to show the community how running can positively impact their mental health, and be a positive role model for the young ones in my community,” she said.
“You get a sense of purpose getting out the door and going for a run in the morning, or you’ve had a bad day and you can go for a run and shake it off.
“It has a great flow-on effect in the community and it shows people that you don’t have to have any running experience to be able to achieve such a massive goal of a marathon.
“It would mean so much for me to get through to the next stage.
“It’s just another mental challenge.
“It’s going to be tough, but I’m going to cross that finish line eventually.”
The best way to get through the mid-week blues is to think about what's in store for the weekend... Let's start with IMP try-outs in Newcastle and Sydney on Friday, Cara Smith's Return to Community in Queanbeyan on Saturday, IMP try-outs in Canberra and a Deadly Fun Run in the Murraylands on Sunday. Sleep is overrated anyway! #RunSweatInspire
The 2018 Closing the Gap Fun Run, with Rob de Castella, Senator Nigel Scullion, Bill Shorten MP, Andrew Leigh MP, Senator Chris Ketter, Canberra Deadly Runners and Walkers, Queanbeyan Deadly Runners, Dept of PM&C and a whole bunch of awesome Canberra people! #RunSweatInspire
It was a beautiful day for our Closing the Gap Fun Run this morning, with politicians, Deadly Runners and supporters out to celebrate Indigenous culture at the start of a big week. Thanks to PM&C for their awesome organisational skills, and all those who joined in. Lots more photos to come, hope you all remembered to smile at the finish line! #RunSweatInspire
Remember how we cheered when IMP runner #75 crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon? Well, get set to cheer some more at Cara Smith's Return to Community graduation ceremony next weekend! Friends, supporters and local community all welcome. #RunSweatInspire