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 to take part Australia’s first ever Indigenous running festival held at Uluru.
A number of communities in the surrounding Uluru area will also be involved.
The Deadly Fun Run Series, part of Rob De Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project, was launched late last year, in a push to promote healthy living, and increase participation in running in remote Indigenous communities where the sport was not previously recognised.
Community Champions from Mossman, Yarrabah and Napranum in Queensland, Tennant Creek and Yirrkala in the Northern Territory, and Kununurra in Western Australia, will be flown in for the three and five kilometre Championships, with representatives selected from a series of four fun run events held in each community over the past six months.
De Castella has high hopes that the event will feature annually on the running calendar, with ambitions of making it a major Indigenous running festivals.
“The Deadly Fun Run Series has been all about communities owning their own fun runs, and highlighting community champions, all while promoting healthy living and community involvement,” De Castella said.
“Running and walking is not currently seen as a sport within many Indigenous communities, and IMP looks to encourage participation through the presentation of medals for all participants.”
With a number of the athletes having never travelled on an aeroplane, participants will be treated to the full Uluru experience including staying at the Voyagers Ayres Rock Resort, taking part in a base tour of Ayres Rock, and a Sounds of Silence dining experience.