Squad hungry for the Big Apple after Alice success

24th September 2017

Today, the 2017 IMP squad faced their greatest challenge to date: a 30km desert run under the heat of the Alice Springs sun. And in an emotional selection ceremony, each of them learnt that their incredible effort over the past …
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IMF receives Westpac Grant

22nd September 2017

We are very excited to announce that IMF is a recipient of a Westpac Foundation Community Grant! The Westpac Foundation is committed to assisting community organisations that are working with some of the country’s most marginalised individuals. In addition to …
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Centennial Park shines on WARRIOR Runners

3rd September 2017

Mother Nature presented her Spring best to celebrate strength, resilience and nobility at the third annual Father’s Day WARRIOR Run in Sydney’s Centennial Park on Sunday 3 September. Nearly 550 participants- mums, dads, kids, and fur babies – crossed the …
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WARRIOR Run tickets now available!

24th July 2017

CLICK HERE TO ORDER A WARRIOR PARKRUN MEDAL CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WARRIOR RUN IN SYDNEY’S CENTENNIAL PARK It’s on again – the third annual Father’s Day WARRIOR Run in Sydney’s glorious Centennial Park! This year we have partnered …
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Squad shines on the Gold Coast

3rd July 2017

Twelve squad members, 12 IMP Graduates, Deadly Runners, IMF ambassadors and supporters, all added their own piece of sunshine to the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on the weekend. The event attracted more than 23,000 competitors locally, nationally and internationally – …
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National Deadly Fun Run Champs – results

19th June 2017

The sixth annual National Deadly Fun Run Championships were held on Saturday 17 June 2017 at Yulara, NT. The event attracted 125 runners from 19 Indigenous communities across the country representing a large cross-section of Australia’s Torres Strait Island and …
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Run4YourLife magazine special offer for IMF supporters!

15th June 2017

We are very excited to announce a partnership with Australia’s running bible – Run 4 Your Life. As part of this fantastic initiative, R4YL is generously offering discounted magazine subscriptions to IMF supporters – just $35 for a 12 month …
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University of Canberra’s landmark MOU with IMF

30th May 2017

The Indigenous Marathon Foundation today entered a new era after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Canberra. In just seven years, IMF has made running a normal activity for Indigenous people in remote communities, …
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Beat the winter chill and join us at the Gold Coast!

30th May 2017

With the sensational weather, flat course and one run at one of the country’s most idyllic location, the 2017 Gold Coast Airport Marathon is one not to miss! Various distances are on offer, including kids’ dashes, so there’s an event …
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Run the Lake with your 2017 IMP representatives!

24th May 2017

You’re invited to a unique opportunity to meet and run with the 2017 squad as they take on their very first long run! When: Sunday 28 May Time: 10:30am Where: Reconciliation Place (the flag display) The 2017 IMF Reconciliation Run …
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2017 squad announced!

15th May 2017

Let us introduce you to the 2017 IMP squad! These 12 inspirational Indigenous Australians are ready to work hard to change their lives and effect significant change in their families and communities. The 2017 squad is: Men Women Luke Reidy, …
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Evelyna adds to her marathon arsenal

11th May 2017

Another marathon, another piece of history made! Evelyna Dhamarrandji is an IMP 2013 Graduate who has a triple treat of marathons under her running belt after conquering New York, Gold Coast and on Sunday 7 May, the Vancouver Marathon was …
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Harold’s historic London Marathon

24th April 2017

It was a day of triumph and celebration on two continents as Harold Matthew, of Thursday Island in Far North Queensland, became the first Indigenous Australian to complete the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday. Harold crossed the finish line …
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Harriet conquers Paris Marathon!

10th April 2017

In what is arguably the city of romance, it was a day of extraordinary achievement for Cairns woman Harriet David, who crossed the line of the Paris Marathon in a time of 4:50:02 on Sunday (AEST). Our 2015 IMP Graduate …
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Harold to make history in London

24th March 2017

For the first time in history, an Australian Indigenous runner will take his place at the start of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in April. IMP 2014 Graduate, Harold Matthew from Thursday Island, was offered the running trip of …
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2017 National tour; complete!

29th November 2016

National tour – finished Thank you to all applicants who had the courage, commitment and drive to try-out for the IMP squad! The tour has now finished and the extremely difficult task of selecting a squad of just 12 from …
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Record broken, history made; IMP dominates 2016 NY Marathon!

9th November 2016

The 2016 IMP squad, a core program of the IMF, has proven their mettle in New York, with all 12 runners completing the most famous marathon in the world – the first time in IMP history that the entire squad …
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The squad has landed!

3rd November 2016

The squad has landed safe and sound in the city that never sleeps!! We are now just days away from the big race and we will be bringing you all the action! IMF Ambassador, Dave Robertson, and Communication and Fundraising …
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Meet the squad before they depart!

26th October 2016

This is your final chance to meet the inspirational 2016 IMP squad before they depart Aussie shores bound for the Big Apple! The final Supporters Run for 2016 is being held on Tuesday 1 November and you’re all invited – …
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Here they are; Australia’s Indigenous NY Marathon runners!

25th September 2016

For the first time in IMP history, all 12 members of the 2016 squad have conquered the 30km Alice Springs run to earn their spot in the New York City Marathon in November. In the dark of morning on Sunday …
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WARRIOR Run takes over Centennial Park

5th September 2016

Picture perfect spring conditions met nearly 600 participants in Centennial Park, Sydney, for the 2016 IMF Father’s Day WARRIOR Run on Sunday 4 September. The second annual event, a major fundraiser for IMF, included 2km, 5km and 10km races and …
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Order now for Christmas!

31st August 2016

Christmas isn’t far away, so give the gift of IMF fashion before they sell out! The IMF merchandise range (which includes IMF singlets to match the t-shirts) has expanded to include brand new sun visors! Ben Beard and the team …
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Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate heads up brand new initiative

18th August 2016

Thursday Island resident and 2014 Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate, Elsie Seriat, is ready for her next challenge following her appointment as the Indigenous Marathon Foundation’s (IMF) FrontRunners Manager, managing 53 IMP Graduates across the country. Elsie will relocate from her …
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Squad, Graduates, Supporters and an Ambassador; a script for success

14th August 2016

The sun was rising, hearts were palpitating and an estimated 80,000 runners were nervously awaiting the start gun. More than 30 IMP supporters, ambassador Kurt Fearnley, seven IMP Graduates and 12 IMP squad members were about to perform on one …
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Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate appointed to head-up program

10th August 2016

He stood on top of the world and became the first Indigenous Australian to run the North Pole Marathon in 2015, now Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) Graduate #35, Adrian Dodson-Shaw, is once again creating history as the first Indigenous Head …
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Get your WARRIOR on!

3rd August 2016

Sunday 4 September at Centennial Park, Sydney; it’s on again – the IMF FATHER’S DAY WARRIOR FUN RUN! The event is a major fundraiser for the IMF and has been designed to celebrate good men, focus on the positive qualities …
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Message sticks speak language of solidarity at Uluru

29th July 2016

The heart of Australia beat proudly recently when 120 Indigenous Australians arrived at Uluru to participate in the 2016 Indigenous Marathon Foundation’s (IMF) National Deadly Fun Run Championships and 11km relay run around Uluru on 16 July. History was made …
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2016 National Deadly Fun Run Championships

13th July 2016

The fifth annual National Deadly Fun Run Championships is being held on Saturday 16 July and will coincide with a relay run around Uluru! The NDFRC will see more than 100 Indigenous runners of all ages and abilities, from 17 …
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Half marathon; conquered!

8th July 2016

The squad is well and truly on the run to the New York Marathon, after conquering one of Australia’s most-loved running running festivals – the Gold Coast Airport Marathon – during the second camp. It was another jam-packed camp, (click …
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Squad is half ready for the Gold Coast

1st July 2016

The squad is back together and ready to tackle the next challenge; the Gold Coast Half Marathon! For most of the squad, this will be their first ever half marathon. They have been training hard since the first camp in …
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Reduce your tax; donate to IMF!

17th June 2016

It’s nearly that time of year – End of Financial Year tax time! Are you looking for a tax deduction? Do you want to contribute to the lasting legacy of IMF? Have you been inspired by IMP Graduates and want …
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The first ever IMF Annual Report has arrived!

6th June 2016

We are extremely excited to announce that the first-ever IMF Annual Report is now available! The report has particular emphasis on the 2014-2015 year and we are very proud of the achievements of our Graduates, the support of the Australian …
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The difference between IMF and IMP

19th May 2016

One letter can make a big difference! Since establishing the Indigenous Marathon Foundation name in 2015, it has been a little confusing for our supporters to understand just what is IMF and IMP. In our latest edition of the IMF …
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Run with the 2016 squad!

3rd May 2016

A unique opportunity to meet and run with the 2016 squad as they take on their very first long run!   The 2016 IMP Reconciliation Run is an event for everyone and we are encouraging people of all ages and …
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We need your help – join the IMP 42 Club

28th April 2016

Do you want to make a lasting difference and help change lives? Then we invite you to become a member of the IMP 42 Club. The 42 Club is critical to the future and long term sustainability of the IMF, …
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Meet your 2016 squad!

12th April 2016

The time has FINALLY arrived – we can reveal the 2016 IMP squad who will work hard over the next six months to earn their position in the final squad to take on the New York Marathon! It was an …
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Tahnee Sutton

12th April 2016

Tahnee lives in Adelaide and is from the York Penninsula tribe of Nerunga. Her motivation to be part of the IMP was born from an aspiration to be a strong community leader. Despite applying to be part of IMP, which …
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Jacinta Smith-Robins

12th April 2016

Jacinta ‘s tribe is Wangkumurra – (SA, NSW, QLD borders) Far North West NSW, grew up in the outback NSW town of Bourke where she currently lives with her partner and their baby girl, Charlie. Jacinta is very connected to …
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Run worldwide with IMF Tourism

7th March 2016

An innovative partnership between the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) and Travelling Fit is offering the opportunity for adventurous running enthusiasts to combine travel, running and fundraising. “IMF Tourism” is a brand new initiative for the organisation, a DGR registered charity …
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Charitable Donation Scheme to benefit IMF

9th February 2016

We are excited to announce our participation in a charitable donation scheme we believe will contribute substantially to the fundraising efforts of IMF. The scheme has been developed by innovate360, an organisation that provides recruitment and consulting services as part …
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2016 Applications now OPEN!!

30th November 2015

IMP wants YOU! Celebrating Indigenous resilience and achievement is at the core of IMP and we want to share this incredible journey with another group of inspirational young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians! Are you:   An Indigenous Australian …
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Record numbers take on corporate challenge

12th November 2015

More than 8,000 corporate runners braved the rain to take part in the 15th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Sydney’s Centennial Park on Wednesday 11 November. Perhaps the wet weather acted a key driver for some corporate competitiveness among a …
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New York domination!

2nd November 2015

Ten Indigenous runners, five New York boroughs, 42.2kms – three small details to achieve a significant milestone. On Sunday 1 November, the 2015 squad embraced the skills, abilities and self-confidence they learnt over the past six months and applied them …
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Hugh Jackman helps QANTAS launch new IMF initiative!

28th October 2015

We are excited to announce that QANTAS Global Ambassador, Hugh Jackman, has helped QANTAS launch a million-dollar initiative for IMF – the Front-runners QANTAS grants! (click here)  The Front Runners initiative is a $1.4 million donation and helps IMP (a program …
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Tune in for all the New York Marathon action!

26th October 2015

Don’t miss a minute of the action from the Big Apple, as IMF ambassador Kurt Fearnley attempts a sixth win in the prestigious event, followed the 2015 squad taking on their first marathon! If you’d like to track any of …
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The Deadliest t-shirt on the market!

21st October 2015

It’s Deadly, it’s exclusive and it’s here by popular demand – the IMF supporter t-shirt!   Our IMP singlets have received such incredibly positive feedback, and as they are a special gift to our fundraisers, we wanted to provide an …
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Celebrating community across the country

14th October 2015

It was a weekend celebration of fun, fitness and community; from Adelaide and Barossa in the south, to the Torres Strait off the tip of Australia. RUTH WALLACE – RETURN TO COMMUNITY On Friday 9 October, 2014 IMP Graduate, Ruth …
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IMP rays of sunshine too hot for 30km challenge!

27th September 2015

Sunday 27 September, 5:15am. It was dark; the sun was still sleeping. A full moon resting just above the horizon illuminated the morning sky and momentarily distracted 10 nervous runners who were about to shine their own light on one …
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Men celebrated at first-ever WARRIOR Run

7th September 2015

Despite Mother Nature’s attempts at stealing the limelight as well as the sunlight, nothing was going to dampen the spirits of everyone who participated in the IMF Father’s Day WARRIOR Fun Run on Sunday 6 September. The event, a major …
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Register for your chance to WIN!

27th August 2015

We are off and running with a brand new event – the inaugural IMF FATHER’S DAY WARRIOR FUN RUN! Everyone who registers in the run also has the chance to go in the draw to win four tickets to the …
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The squad’s run of celebration

11th August 2015

“Celebrate every training session you do, celebrate every run you finish”. They are just some of the constant words of inspiration shared by Deek to the IMP squad; and what a celebration was had on the weekend when the squad …
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Emotions shore to drive the squad at City2Surf

8th August 2015

Nerves, excitement, motivation and the determination to push beyond their comfort zones are the emotions driving the 2015 IMP squad ahead of their very first City2Surf race on Sunday 9 August. The City2Surf is part of the squad’s third camp, the …
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Historic Uluru weekend captured on video!

23rd July 2015

Athletes and representatives from the Australian Olympic Committee were part of the more than 100 Indigenous runners, supporters and sponsors who attended the historic Uluru 10km relay run on 18 July, to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the handing …
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New community champions announced!

19th July 2015

A record number of Indigenous runners of all ages represented their communities at the 4th annual Deadly Fun Run Championships on Saturday 18 July at Yulara in Central Australia. Conditions were cold, but still, and with Australia’s iconic Uluru in …
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Runners shine on the Gold Coast

6th July 2015

Beautiful one day, perfect the next. It’s the old adage to describe life in Queensland; and it certainly rang true over the past six days. Eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island runners from Indigenous communities across the country made their …
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IMF Father’s Day WARRIOR Fun Run is launched!

25th June 2015

We are off and running with a brand new event – the inaugural IMF Father’s Day WARRIOR Fun Run! The event is a major fundraiser for the IMF and has been designed to celebrate good men, focus on the positive …
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Name change has IMP running in exciting new direction!

23rd June 2015

What began as an idea to unearth an Indigenous Australian long distance runner to rival the African dominance of the sport has developed into a life-changing program, creating inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island men and women across the country. …
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Melbourne men run world’s toughest race for charity

5th June 2015

Four Melbourne men endured extreme desert heat when they took part in the world’s toughest marathon in April, the Marathon Des Sables, for IMP. They raised an incredible $32,835 which was presented to Rob in Melbourne recently. The Marathon Des …
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Australian Ironman World Champion named Ambassador!

22nd May 2015

The Indigenous Marathon Project has announced one of Australia’s most recognised triathletes, Pete Jacobs, as one of the charity’s newest ambassadors. The IMP was established in 2009 by world marathon champion Robert de Castella and annually selects a group of …
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Another IMP Ambassador announced!

21st May 2015

The Indigenous Marathon Project’s long history with Newcastle has been further cemented following the announcement of local running guru and parkrun Australia Communication Manager, Dave “Robbo” Robertson, as the IMP’s latest Ambassador. The IMP was established in 2009 by world …
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Running their own track: the Aboriginal women and their marathon life U-turns

19th May 2015

Jaeme Bird admits her life was going nowhere but she’s regained her hopes and dreams and is now preparing for the New York Marathon to inspire her five younger siblings. To read the full story covered by ABC Central West, …
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Indigenous runners bond at Classic first camp

11th May 2015

They arrived in Canberra as strangers, from regional and remote Indigenous communities across the country, and left as a family of brothers and sisters bound by common goals; to lead, inspire, achieve and succeed. The squad spent an intense five …
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Graduate overcomes crippling disease to qualify for Kona Ironman

6th May 2015

Indigenous Marathon Project 2012 graduate, Nat Nat, defied paralysis and medical advice to take out first place in his age category at the Port Macquarie Ironman on Sunday 3 May. In 2010, Nat lost sensation in his body from the …
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XTERRA Seneca official results are in!

20th April 2015

IMPY15 claims success in US! The IMP Youth representing in the US have cleaned up at the XTERRA Seneca Creek 5km Trail Run!! A week of skills, training and technique workshops combined with incredible natural talent, the youth have done …
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2015 IMP Squad announced!!

13th April 2015

Meet the 2015 IMP squad! The next crop of inspirational Indigenous Australians has been selected, after a nation-wide search that saw more than 140 applicants try out! We are very proud to introduce the 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island …
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IMP on top of the world!

30th March 2015

In just over 24 hours, Adrian Dodson-Shaw will hit the start line of the North Pole Marathon and his journey into the history books! Not only has he already become the first Indigenous Australian to touch down at the North …
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IMP wants you! Tour dates and locations out now!

22nd February 2015

Don‘t miss out on your opportunity to change your life and inspire your community! The IMP national tour gets underway on 2 March and we are on the search for the next group of inspirational Indigenous Australians across the country. …
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World’s Coolest Marathon

6th February 2015

Australian and Indigenous history is about to be made! As he literally stands on top of the world, IMP 2014 graduate, Adrian Dodson-Shaw is about to embark on the toughest challenge of his life!  From sun, sand and heat, to …
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IMP graduate and ambassador ready for Kokoda challenge

5th February 2015

Thursday Island will welcome another world champion on its doorstep when IMP ambassador, Kurt Fearnley, arrives to meet 2014 IMP graduate, Elsie Seriat, in the lead-up to the Kokoda trek. For Elsie, this experience will add to the emotion of …
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Go for Gold in Canberra!

29th January 2015

AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL New Year, new goals, new challenges. Tick the Australian Running Festival off your 2015 running to-do list and change lives every step of the way! And at the end of the run, be part of the IMP …
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Run, Rachel, Run!

14th January 2015

On Sunday 25th January, Rachel Baker, a young Aboriginal Yolngu woman from the remote community of Galiwinku on Elcho Island, East Arnhem Land, will travel to our nation’s capital for her final and toughest test. As part of the 2014 …
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2016 Applications now open!

24th November 2014

Celebrating Indigenous resilience and achievement is at the core of IMP and we want to share this incredible journey with another group of inspirational young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Australians! Are you: An Indigenous Australian aged 18-30? Determined and …
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Virtual run for IMP!

17th November 2014

If the thought of entering a fun run is a bit daunting, then this is the event for you! Run anytime, anywhere, no timing required and receive a medal! It’s a Virtual Run for IMP event, initiated by passionate supporter, …
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Runners blitz New York Marathon

3rd November 2014

They did it – the 2014 IMP squad absolutely dominated the New York City Marathon! In horrendous conditions that saw the wheelchair race shortened by 2.8 miles and moved to a start at Brooklyn, all 10 runners obliterated the line …
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2014 New York Marathon coverage

2nd November 2014

The time has arrived – the 2014 squad is about to imprint its footprints on the world famous New York City Marathon! Just five months ago, the squad was in Canberra tackling their longest run to date – 10km for …
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Look out New York!

31st October 2014

It’s nearly time. Time to realise a dream. Time to put six months of training, hard work, tears and a new found sense of self to the test for the ultimate prize. A sense of pride, achievement and the knowledge …
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One week until New York dream

26th October 2014

There’s just seven days to go until the 2014 IMP squad takes to the line in the world famous New York Marathon! After six months of training, sacrifice, discipline and pure determination the time has finally arrived. We will be …
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IMP dominates Melbourne Marathon

13th October 2014

Four graduates, one coach and a number of running supporters – Melbourne was well and truly injected with IMP presence at the 2014 Medibank Melbourne Marathon on Sunday 12 October. Bianca Graham (2011 graduate) and Justin Gaykamangu (2012 graduate) took …
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New York Marathon team announced!

28th September 2014

They did it! The entire team’s dedication and commitment has paid off following the announcement that each runner has been selected to represent their communities and Australia in an international marathon! Ten runners will compete in the New York Marathon …
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New York is just 30kms away

26th September 2014

On Sunday 28 September, the IMP team will take on its biggest ever challenge – the final 30km test run through the heart of Australia in Alice Springs. The pre-sunrise start, to beat the scorching heat, from John Flynn’s Grave …
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Australia’s largest Indigenous running festival inspires a nation

23rd September 2014

The Northern Territory’s remote community of Galiwinku on Elcho Island was home to Australia’s largest ever community driven fun run on Friday 19 September. More than 1000 Indigenous Australians participated in the inaugural AlpaCoolridge Galiwinku Fun Run, which was initiated …
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Indigenous runner creates history

22nd September 2014

Sydney Indigenous runner, Nat Heath, ran into the history books on Sunday with a record breaking performance in the 2014 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival marathon. Nat is the first Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) runner to break three hours for the …
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Teenager inspired by graduate

18th September 2014

A 15 year old school girl was inspired to run her first fun run after hearing 2011 graduate, Bianca Graham, address a crowd at the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival earlier this year. Brooklyn Judd was volunteering at the …
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Nathan inspires Indigenous youth

12th September 2014

Following his recent role as ambassador of the 2014 Dubbo Stampede, 2014 IMP runner, Nathan Riley continues to positively impact his community. The 20 year old Dubbo representative was invited by the Director of Dubbo Clontarf Foundation, 2010 IMP runner …
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Running for the future

8th September 2014

The first weekend of Spring was welcomed with sunshine, community events and a running spirit that continues long after the finish line of any race. IMP’s 2012 graduate, Korey Summers, achieved a personal best in the  Canberra Times Fun Run …
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Final Run on home soil

18th August 2014

The roads are long and barren.  It will be just as much a test of mental strength as physical endurance. And we’re encouraging you to be part of the action! The 30km test run in Alice Springs will be the …
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They came, they saw, they conquered

11th August 2014

The 2014 City 2 Surf offered perfect weather, spectacular scenery and put the team one more run closer to New York! For most of the team, not only was it their first City 2 Surf, the third camp also marked …
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Run with the IMP team

5th August 2014

On Sunday 10 August, the team will line up with thousands of runners to take part in one of the world’s most atmospheric and iconic runs – the Sydney City2Surf. Before they take on Heartbreak Hill, they will be shaking …
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Graduate receives exclusive scholarship

29th July 2014

South Australian IMP graduate, Luke McKenzie (pictured on the far left with 2013 team mate, Jack Wilson), has been awarded an exclusive scholarship to complete one of the most sought after qualifications in the fitness industry. The personal training scholarship, …
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Deadly Champions announced

14th July 2014

Eight communities, more than 50 runners, and the winners were……..! Gapuwiyak, a remote Northern Territory community represented by only four runners aged between 12 and 18, was crowned the 2014 Deadly Fun Run Champions snatching the title from defending champions, …
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Runners make history on the Gold Coast

9th July 2014

In a ground-breaking first, all 12 members of the 2014 Indigenous Marathon Project squad have crossed the finish line of their first two biggest runs, including the Gold Coast Half Marathon on Sunday 6 July. The team’s first run was …
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IMP runners create history

29th June 2014

Just a couple of months into their IMP adventure and already three runners have initiated inaugural fun runs in their communities. On Saturday 21 June, Rachel Baker from Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island – with the support and assistance of 2013 …
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Half Marathon challenge

20th June 2014

The squad is about to embark on their biggest running achievement to date. They will run the half marathon as part of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon festival in July.  Running 21.1km is the furthest any of our runners have …
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First camp wrap-up

6th June 2014

The first camp has come to an end and what an intense four days it was for the squad as they were introduced to Canberra’s finest facilities and winter weather.  To watch a video of memories, click here  
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Meet the 2014 squad members

4th June 2014

What an exceptional response we received from runners nation-wide to be part of the 2014 squad. Everyone who tried out in 2014 made history; you were part of a record number of applicants, with more than 120 runners vying for …
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Deadly support from FNQ Medicare Local

7th May 2014

FNQ Medicare Local supports the Indigenous Marathon Project
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Go for Gold!

23rd April 2014

Calling all City 2 Surf runners – become a Gold Charity Partner and receive gold entry and priority start! This is one of the nation’s most iconic running events, known as much for its atmosphere as Heartbreak Hill. Run for …
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Indigenous Marathon Project national try out tour is coming to you this April!

20th March 2014

The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) national try out tour is coming to a city or town near you this April! Come along and meet the IMP team and give yourself a chance of being part of something great – the …
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IMP Graduate Evelyna Dhamarrandji candidate for the National Youth Awards

17th March 2014

On 3 November 2013, Evelyna Dhamarrandji became the first person from Elcho Island to complete a marathon. Evelyna’s experience has sparked a new found love of running and exercise in her community, with more than 30 young aboriginal men and …
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IMP heads to Hermannsburg

5th December 2013

When the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) first met Charmaine Patrick a year ago, the mother of two from the tiny Northern Territory community of Hermannsburg could barely run a lap of the oval. Fast-forward almost nine months and Charmaine proudly …
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IMP open applications to find the next group of Indigenous champions

2nd December 2013

When the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) first met Charmaine Patrick a year ago, the mother of two from the tiny Northern Territory community of Hermannsburg could barely run a lap of the oval. Fast-forward almost nine months and Charmaine proudly …
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Indigenous Marathon Project Coach/CEO crosses the finish line

25th November 2013

Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) Founder and Director Rob de Castella has announced today that CEO and Coach Tim Rowe will be finishing up and moving back to Sydney at the end of this year’s program. IMP is a health-promotion charity …
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Marathon runners homeward bound

6th November 2013

The Indigenous Marathon Project’s newest crop of marathon runners are homeward bound after conquering Sunday’s New York City Marathon. The 11 inspirational athletes crossed the finish line of the world’s biggest marathon on Sunday, after nine months of training under …
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New York Marathon glory for 11 inspirational Indigenous runners

4th November 2013

Eleven Indigenous Marathon Project athletes have run the race of their lives to do their families, friends, communities and most of all, themselves proud as they crossed the finish line of the world famous New York City Marathon overnight. Jack …
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PBs all round for IMP graduates

28th October 2013

2011 Indigenous Marathon Project graduates Bianca Graham and Nadine Hunt stepped up to the toughest challenge of their running careers over night when they conquered Germany’s famous Frankfurt Marathon. The pair, who ran the 2011 New York Marathon under the …
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Indigenous runners gear up for the race of a lifetime

22nd October 2013

In just one week, Indigenous Marathon Project runners will descend on Sydney in preparation to head to New York to make their marathon dreams a reality. On Sunday 3rd November, the 11 inspirational squad members will line up alongside 45,000 …
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Indigenous champion earns herself marathon glory

14th October 2013

Indigenous Marathon Project runner Emma Cameron experienced the low point of her running career in April this year, after organisers took her off the Boston Marathon course at the 41km mark following the Boston bombings. Yesterday, almost six months to …
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Indigenous athlete defies Boston terrorists to run marathon

1st October 2013

When the Boston bombs went off at the finish line of the marathon in April, Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) runner Emma Cameron was at the 40km mark of the race. Organisers stopped all runners at the 41km mark, and Emma’s …
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IMP runner joins in ANQ Road Running Champs

26th September 2013

Indigenous Marathon Project squad member Jack Wilson will line up at the start of the Athletics North Queensland Road Running Championships this Saturday, just five weeks out from the world famous New York Marathon. The Townsville based runner has been …
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From the red centre to the big apple…IMP athletes on their way to New York

16th September 2013

Six months of long runs, hill sprints, sore legs, early morning starts and precious time away from family has paid off for 12 Indigenous athletes who have earned their tickets to the New York and Boston Marathons. The final team …
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IMP athletes hit red centre for their biggest challenge yet

10th September 2013

Seven months ago, when 25 years old Elise Hull turned up at a suburban Sydney sports ground to try out for the Indigenous Marathon Project, she barely knew what a marathon was. The Bathurst based runner had only taken up …
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Run with Emma in Melbourne

6th September 2013

Our Melbourne Marathon runner Emma Cameron has been busy preparing for the gruelling 42.195km event next month. Last weekend she ran a 30km test run in the hot Darwin weather, and has earned her place on the start line of …
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IMP runners steps up to half-marathon challenge

2nd September 2013

An injury in the lead-up to the Gold Coast Half-Marathon two months ago didn’t dampen Indigenous Marathon Project runner Elise Hull’s spirits as she crossed the finish line in the Dubbo Stampede Half-Marathon yesterday.   The run took the 25 …
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Galiwinku Community get behind IMP runner

28th August 2013

The small Elcho Island community of Galiwinku has got behind Indigenous Marathon Project representative Evelyna Dhamarrandji. With Evelyna’s long Sunday runs now regularly travelling further than 20km, the community has rallied behind the young mother, with a support crew following …
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IMP runners shine amongst crowd of 85,000

13th August 2013

The 12 members of Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project squad joined with 85,000 other runners on Sunday to conquer the world’s largest fun run, the annual Sydney City2Surf. Tackling the tough 14km course, including the dreaded Heartbreak Hill, the …
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IMP squad trade remote Australia for a sea of 85,000 runners

7th August 2013

The 12 members of the 2013 Indigenous Marathon Project squad will face one of their toughest challenges yet when they line up alongside 85,000 other competitors in Sunday’s annual City2Surf race. The 14km course from the Sydney CBD to iconic …
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Murray Bridge crowned Deadly Fun Run Champions

15th July 2013

The small South Australian community of Murray Bridge has taken out the second annual Deadly Fun Run Championships held at Uluru over the weekend. More than 50 athletes aged between nine and 56 and representing five Indigenous communities across the …
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Deadly runners ready to race at Uluru

12th July 2013

Fifty deadly runners from Indigenous communities across the country are on their way to Uluru for tomorrow’s second annual Deadly Fun Run Championships.   Set up by Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project in 2011, the Deadly Fun Run Series …
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Running to America inspires a nation

10th July 2013

The inspirational 2010 documentary Running to America screened again with week on ABC, showcasing four young Indigenous men and their quest to run the world famous New York Marathon. Since crossing the finish line of the world famous marathon, each …
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IMP runners paving the way to New York

8th July 2013

The 2013 Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad have taken themselves a step closer to November’s New York Marathon after crossing the finish line of yesterday’s Gold Coast half marathon. For all the athletes, who were selected as part of Rob …
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IMP runners reunite at Gold Coast

4th July 2013

Indigenous Marathon Project graduates representing each of the three years of the Project will come together on the Gold Coast this week to put the skills taught to them by mentor Rob de Castella into practice.   Charlie Maher (2010) …
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Deadly runners head to Uluru

21st June 2013

With just three weeks until the second annual Deadly Fun Run Championships held at Uluru, many communities are starting to finalise their teams for the event following many successful community fun runs. The Championships, which are evolving into a major …
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Charlie’s Marathon Mission

13th June 2013

As many of our supporters may know, 2010 athlete Charlie Maher has been training hard for his third marathon – the Gold Coast Marathon in July. Charlie was a member of the very first IMP team in 2010, and was …
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IMP men conquer Canberra

27th May 2013

The six male members of the 2013 Indigenous Marathon Project squad have returned home following their first official training camp in Canberra. The five day camp saw the squad learn more about the gruelling training they will undertake over the …
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Want to run with the IMP men in Canberra?

22nd May 2013

Do you want to join the six male members of the IMP squad as they running a gruelling 16km time trial around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra this weekend? Here is your chance! We would love as many of our …
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Indigenous women shine in Canberra

13th May 2013

The six female members of the 2013 Indigenous Marathon Project squad have returned home after a successful first camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Lisa Bloxsome from Nowra, Evelyna Dhamarrandji from Elcho Island, Georgia Gleeson from Queanbeyan, …
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Ready, Set, Go at Amoonguna

6th May 2013

Last Wednesday saw the much anticipated opening of Rob de Castella’s SmartStart for Kids Amoonguna Fitness Trail. The 460 metre track built around the school in the small Indigenous community of Amoonguna, just outside Alice Springs, contains a number of …
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Indigenous Marathon Project athlete safe in Boston

16th April 2013

Indigenous Marathon Project athlete Emma Cameron has been reunited with IMP staff members following a series of bomb blasts at the finish line of today’s Boston Marathon. The Darwin based athlete was roughly one mile from the site of the …
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Indigenous athlete to realise marathon dreams in Boston

10th April 2013

After 12 months of gruelling training, Darwin athlete Emma Cameron will finally realise her marathon dreams when she lines up at the start of the Boston Marathon on Monday morning. Cameron, who was selected as part of the 2012 Indigenous …
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Indigenous runners selected to inspire in New York Marathon

9th April 2013

Indigenous runners selected to inspire in New York Marathon Tuesday 9th April, 2013 A squad of 12 inspirational athletes has been selected to tackle the 2013 New York Marathon as part of the Indigenous Marathon Project. The team is: Men …
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IMP finds raw talent right across the country

27th March 2013

From Sydney to Karratha, Adelaide to Tiwi Islands, and Melbourne to Darwin the Indigenous Marathon Project has wrapped up another successful national try out tour. Visiting 14 different locations over the 12 day tour, IMP staff met close to 100 …
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Run for IMP at the world’s biggest fun run

6th March 2013

Do you want to run this year’s Sydney City2urf like royalty, all while raising much-needed funds for the Indigenous Marathon Project? Well here is your chance! This year, IMP is giving 20 lucky supporters the chance of a lifetime to …
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Tokyo triumph for IMP runners

25th February 2013

Three Indigenous Marathon Project athletes have run the race of their lives to do their families, friends, communities and most of all, themselves proud, crossing the finish line of the world-famous Tokyo Marathon. Korey Summers from Alice Springs, Nat Heat …
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Emma faces next challenge on the long road to Boston

14th February 2013

Darwin athlete Emma Cameron will face the biggest challenge of her running life on Sunday when she lines up at the start of the gruelling 30km event at the Stromlo Running Festival in Canberra. The 30 year old athlete was …
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Tiwi Islands kick-off Deadly Fun Run Series

11th February 2013

The Tiwi Island community of Milikapiti kicked-off their 2013 Deadly Fun Run campaign on Friday, with 32 of the Island’s children taking part in the 3km and 5km events. Community members, who were responsible for creating the Tiwi Road Runners …
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Donors rally to send IMP runners to Tokyo

4th December 2012

After a month of uncertainty following the dramatic last-minute cancellation of the New York Marathon, the 2012 Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) squad’s marathon dreams are still well and truly alive, with their sights now firmly set on running the world …
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IMP athletes arrive back on Australian soil

8th November 2012

A tired but enthusiastic Indigenous Marathon Project team have arrived back in Australia after a tumultuous week in New York. While the team didn’t board the plane in New York as marathon runners like they had hoped, following the cancellation …
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IMP athletes to help New York recover

2nd November 2012

While Indigenous Marathon athletes preparing for the New York Marathon are understandably devastated with the news that the marathon has been cancelled, they will remain in New York to help the city get back on its feet. The eight members …
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IMP athletes set to shine on the world’s biggest stage

18th October 2012

In less than a week, the 2012 New York Marathon team will arrive in the world’s biggest city to run the world’s biggest marathon – the New York Marathon! On Sunday 4th November, eight inspirational Indigenous Marathon Project athletes will …
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Justin’s on the way to New York!

10th October 2012

A big congratulations to 2012 IMP squad member Justin Gaykamangu, who over the weekend ran a great race to finish in second place in the Gove Runners North half-marathon. Although Justin won the under-39 male category in a quick time …
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From remote Australia to the bright lights of New York

24th September 2012

Monday 24th September, 2012 As the sun rose over Alice Springs in the early hours of Saturday morning, nine Indigenous athletes from across the country conquered the biggest challenge of their short running careers. Korey Summers, Nat Heath, Jurgean Tabuai, …
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Personal best times all round at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

17th September 2012

Sunday saw IMP athletes past and present tackle the annual Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, with 2012 New York Marathon finisher Charlie Maher, and 2012 squad member Korey Summers take on the half marathon, and 2011 New York Marathon finisher Nadine …
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Shoe drive to help spread the love of running

10th September 2012

Do you, like many Australians, have dozens of used an unwanted running shoes lying around at home that you have no idea what to with? If so, IMP has solved the problem for you! As part of our goal to …
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Korey Summers to represent Northern Territory in half-marathon champs

4th September 2012

In another first for the Indigenous Marathon Project, 2012 squad member Korey Summers has been selected to represent the Northern Territory in the Australian half-marathon championships at the Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival next weekend. The 22 year old Alice Springs …
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IMP athletes shine on a national stage

27th August 2012

Indigenous Marathon Project athletes past and present were recognised on a national stage over the weekend, with some more outstanding results recorded right across the country. In Alice Springs, 2012 New York Marathon squad member Korey Summers took to the …
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City2Surf done, as runners prepare for Alice Springs

22nd August 2012

Congratulations to 2012 IMP squad member Nat Heath, who braved tough conditions to run his first Sydney City2Surf race earlier this month, finishing in a quick time of 57 minutes. Nat said he was pleased to get the tough, hilly …
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IMP athletes step up for City2Surf

8th August 2012

Wednesday 8th August, 2012 Indigenous Marathon Project athletes Nat Heath and Amber Parker, both from NSW, will step up this weekend and take on the annual Sydney City2Surf – the world’s largest fun run. The pair is part of the …
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Do you have what it takes to join our team?

1st August 2012

If so, you might be just the person that we are looking for. Rob de Castella’s SmartStart is seeking an Accounting and Administration Officer to join our small and terrific team of dynamic, talented, committed, fit and fun loving individuals. …
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IMP and Maddocks join to tackle Indigenous health

23rd July 2012

The Indigenous Marathon Project, together with Maddocks, have formally signed a two year alliance, with the firm to provide pro-bono legal, marketing and library services to IMP, following the rapid expansion of the Project over the past 12 months. The …
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Indigenous runners half way to New York

2nd July 2012

Indigenous Marathon Project athletes have shown that they are well and truly on the road to New York after achieving some outstanding results at the Gold Coast Airport Running Festival, running alongside nearly 30,000 other runners. With four athletes taking …
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IMP runners rise to the challenge and tackle Gold Coast

25th June 2012

Eleven Indigenous runners will this week descend on the Gold Coast, ready to tackle the prestigious Gold Coast Airport half marathon and 10km events. The athletes, many from tiny Indigenous communities scattered across the country, are three months into their …
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Yirrkala named inaugural Deadly Fun Run champion community

12th June 2012

The small community of Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, has been named the 2012 Deadly Fun Run Champion community, following the inaugural Deadly Fun Run Championships, held in Uluru over the weekend. Runners from five Indigenous communities crossed the finish line …
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IMP Deadly Fun Run Championships take over Uluru

31st May 2012

The countdown is on for the inaugural Indigenous Marathon Project Deadly Fun Run Championships! In just over a week, 26 athletes ranging from ages seven to 56, and representing six Indigenous communities from across the country, will descend on Uluru …
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Indigenous men put to the test in Canberra

28th May 2012

Six Indigenous men, some from the most remote communities in Australia, have survived their first training camp as members of the 2012 IMP New York Marathon squad. The five day camp held at the AIS saw the men thrown out …
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Indigenous men touch down in Canberra

21st May 2012

A squad of six Indigenous men will today arrive in Canberra for their first training camp as part of the 2012 Indigenous Marathon Project New York Marathon squad. Following the success of the women’s camp last week, Korey Summer from …
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Indigenous Women Conquer AIS Camp

15th May 2012

Five Indigenous women have braved the cold Canberra winter and made it through their first training camp as part of the 2012 IMP New York Marathon squad. The girls achieved some amazing milestones during their five days in Canberra including …
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Indigenous women put to the test at AIS

9th May 2012

Six young Indigenous women will today descend on Canberra for their first training camp as part of the 2012 Indigenous Marathon Project New York Marathon squad. Leaving behind the comforts of home, the six women will be faced with a …
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Remote Australia represented as 2012 IMP New York Marathon Squad Announced

26th April 2012

After a nation-wide search, more than 130 applications and an exhaustive screening process, Rob de Castella and his Indigenous Marathon Project team have selected 12 Indigenous runners to be part of the IMP 2012 New York City Marathon squad. The …
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IMP Conquers Boston

17th April 2012

Two Indigenous Australians have risen to the occasion and conquered the 2012 Boston Marathon. Tegan Pigram from Derby WA and Jamie Wunungmurra from Yirrkala NT overcame many hurdles to make their way through the tough 42.195 km course. Despite testing …
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The long road to Boston

11th April 2012

In less than a week, three Indigenous runners from some of the country’s most remote communities will exchange the vast Australia landscape for the streets of Boston as they tackle the 2012 Boston Marathon. Kelsey Youngblutt from Palm Island (QLD), …
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2012 Try Outs CONFIRMED

9th March 2012

The National Try Outs Tour is coming to a town near you. Come meet the team and give yourself a go to be a part of something great – the 2012 Indigenous Marathon Project Squad. You don’t have to be a …
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Mossman Deadly Fun Run

29th February 2012

A Queensland downpour couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Mossman and surrounding community for the first 2012 Deadly Fun Run held over the weekend. Over 40 runners toed the start line, and a dozen walkers not far behind in the …
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Boston Beckons

22nd February 2012

Three inspiring young Indigenous runners have climbed over Canberra’s harsh Brindabella Mountains to secure their place in the Boston Marathon. Just 2 months out from the popular event, Palm Island’s Kelsey Youngblutt, Yirrkala’s Jamie Wunungmurra and Derby’s Tegan Pigram have …
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Runner Recruitment 2012

Now Recruiting 2012 Runners

17th January 2012

Try Outs Tour Adelaide Saturday 3rd March, 10:00am Murray Bridge High School Oval, Lohmann Street Murray Bridge Melbourne Suday 4th March, 10:00am Royal Botanic Gardens – Meet at the Observatory Cafe Other Locations and Dates to be Confirmed Sydney Alice …
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Running to America Success

Running to America Success

2nd December 2011

Running to America was seen in thousands of households last night, and has captured the hearts of the nation with the inspiring stories of Juan Darwin, Caleb Hart, Joseph Davies and Charlie Maher. Matt Long and the Goodoil production crew …
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Donate Now


1st December 2011

The Indigenous Marathon Project is a completely not for profit initiative and relies on continued support from individuals and government funding for its operation. There are 2 simple ways to donate to the project: Everyday Hero’s Click Here Every dollar …
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Apply for 2012

Apply for 2012

1st December 2011

Do you know an outstanding young Indigenous man or woman aged between 18 – 30? Do they have a natural running ability coupled with a strong sense of determination to undertake the training required to run a marathon with only …
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Volunteer 2012


1st December 2011

We appreciate all offers to assist the project. 2012 will see a new team of runners and as such will require extensive on the ground support from volunteers. Such as:   Training partner Communications Liaison Transport / Driver Motivator Assist …
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Running to America on the ABC

Running to America on the ABC this Thursday

28th November 2011

Thursday 1st Dec, 8:30PM ABC RUNNING TO AMERICA is a story of pure inspiration. Four young Indigenous men from the Australian outback are plucked from obscurity by marathon legend Robert de Castella to run the world’s most famous race, the …
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NYC Marathon Results

11th November 2011

The 2011 New York City Marathon saw 47,438 runners take to the streets of New York’s five boroughs in their journey to complete one of man’s toughest challenges. The city put on a show with over 2.5 million spectators cheering …
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New York Marathon Conquered

8th November 2011

11 of the IMP team did their families, their communities and most of all themselves proud when they ran and conquered the New York City Marathon today. 7 men and 4 women who were the first Indigenous women’s team to …
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New York Countdown

26th October 2011

In only a matter of days 7 young indigenous men and 4 young indigenous women will be off to the Big Apple to run in the world’s most famous foot race – The New York City Marathon. At 09:40 local …
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Mossman Deadly Fun Run this Sunday

13th October 2011

Mossman Deadly Fun Run Series launched this weekend, Sunday 16th of October.   Nadine Hunt along with IMP staff are excited to bring the Deadly fun run series to Mossman.   The event is open to all ages and abilities …
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Eddie McGuire Joins the IMP Charge for Boston

12th October 2011

Inspired by Deeks work with the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), Eddie McGuire has signed himself up for a challenge of a lifetime – The Boston Marathon. In just six months Eddie, who admits to currently being in the worst shape …
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New York Team Announced

5th October 2011

In less than a month’s time 7 Indigenous men and 4 women will head to New York City to participate in the world’s most famous foot race – The New York City Marathon. The team gathered for one last camp …
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Next Training Camp: Alice Springs

26th September 2011

27th September – 2nd October Runners are arriving in Alice this week for their final camp and to determine who will be selected for the New York team. Final components of the Certificate III in Community Rec will be delivered …
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Sydney City 2 Surf

14th August 2011

The world’s largest fun run and Australia’s most iconic running event, the Sydney City to Surf staged the Indigenous Marathon Project’s third training camp over the weekend. The squad, who are vying for their spot on the team bound for …
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Australian Outback Marathon

30th July 2011

From Uluru to New York City, Indigenous runners one step closer to completing the world famous marathon. Five Indigenous Marathon Project runners selected from the squad of 18 had an opportunity to run in the foreground of Australia’s most recognisable …
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Gold coast half marathon camp

6th July 2011

June 30th – July 6th 2011 The 19 squad members met on the picturesque Gold Coast for their second camp and demanding half marathon. Based at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre the combined men and women’s camp was a …
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AIS Mens Camp

12th May 2011

Friday 20th May – Wednesday 25th May 11 young men joined the team in Canberra for their first taste of long distance running based at the AIS. The guys thrived on the running and enjoyed comradery. They all applied themselves …
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AIS Womens Camp

9th May 2011

Wednesday 4th May – Monday 9th May The young ladies arrived for their first camp with the Marathon Project and it didn’t take long for giggles and friendships to form. The camp gave the amatuer athletes a great insight into …
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18th April 2011

Charlie Maher departed for Boston on the 14th of April to run his second marathon. He decided to run the event just two months prior and thought it would be great to run for the local Dialysis unit in Alice …
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9th November 2010

November 1st – November 9th 2010 From the Desert to the Big Apple, the dusty Aussie outback to New York’s bustling metropolis.. A thousand contrasts could be written; yet these four young men who arrived in New York enthusiastic and …
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