Past Runners 2010
24 years old from Maningrida, East Arnhem Land Juan faced many challenges coming from the extremely remote community of Maningrida. The area is accessible by permit only and is not accessible by road during the wet season. At least 10 different languages are spoken in the area. Shortly after being selected in the Project, Juan temporarily moved to Darwin to focus on his marathon training. Juan is a natural born leader and captain of the local football team. He has a seven year old son called Tyson, who he used as inspiration while training. Juan finished the New York Marathon in a time of 4 hours 50 minutes, becoming one of the first ever Indigenous Australians to do so. Juan has been integral in building IMP’s presence in Maningrida, and as a result, IMP has since selected two athletes to be part of the Project – Beth Ali in 2011 and Grace Eather in 2012. Juan recently started work as a physical education teacher at the Maningrida Primary School, and has been working hard to facilitate the Deadly Fun Run Series in the community. Juan hopes to one day train for and complete his second marathon.
21 years old from Kununurra, Western Australia Joseph is a very talented footballer, but gave the sport up in 2010 after being selected into the Project. Joseph was the second Indigenous Australian ever to finish the New York Marathon, coming in behind Charlie Maher in a time of 3 hours 54 minutes. Joseph works with Garnduwa in Kununurra, running youth leadership and sports camps to inspire Indigenous kids to achieve more than they ever imagined possible. Since running the New York Marathon, Joseph has continued with his AFL, but hopes to one day run another marathon. He has recently become a father to twin girls.
21 years old from Alice Springs, Northern Territory Caleb finished the 2010 New York Marathon a time of 5 hours 1 minute, becoming one of the first Indigenous Australians to do so. After completing the marathon, Caleb was selected as part of the Northern Territory Thunder football team, and continues to play AFL at a representative level. Caleb is assisting on ground in central Australia, setting up the SmartStart for Kids I-Can program in the small community of Amoonguna, just outside Alice Springs. Caleb hopes to one day train for and complete his second marathon.
30 years old from Alice Springs, Northern Territory Charlie became the first Indigenous Australian to ever run the New York Marathon when he crossed the finish line in 2010 in a time of 3 hours 32 minutes. Charlie is an inspirational individual, and an extremely talented runner and AFL player. He has been integral in strengthening the link between IMP and Alice Springs, and he helped facilitate a number of Deadly Fun Runs on the ground in Alice Springs. Charlie then went on to run the 2011 Boston Marathon, beating his personal best time by 10 minutes, all while raising close to $2000 for a dialysis unit in Alice Springs. In mid-2012, Charlie gave up playing AFL to concentrate on his running. He ran a personal best time of 87 minutes in the Sydney Running Festival half-marathon in September 2012, and is now in training for the Gold Coast Marathon in July, where he hopes to run another personal best. Charlie is currently working as a mentor at Yirara College in Alice Springs as part of the Clontarf Academy.