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 part in the 10km event on Saturday, and seven tackling the half-marathon on Sunday, some promising times were recorded, with Jurgean Tabuai from Townsville finishing the 10km event in just 41 minutes and Korey Summers from Alice Springs getting through the half marathon in 82 minutes. Amber Parker from Cessnock was the fastest IMP female, finishing the half marathon in 1 hour and 58 minutes.
For most of the athletes, who are part of Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project, this was the furthest that they have ever run and the first time they had ever competed in an organised running event.
De Castella said he was extremely proud of what each member of the squad had achieved in such a short space of time, and was excited about what lay ahead for the team.
“To see these runners get out there on only a few months training and do what they have done is truly inspiring, and they should be extremely proud of what they have all achieved,” de Castella said.
“The event really showcased the enormous untapped talent and depth of endurance that Indigenous Australia possesses, and it was amazing to see how happy and proud each person was when they crossed the finish line”.
While on the Gold Coast, the team undertook more components of their Certificate IV in Health and Leisure, and learnt insights and tips from a number of high profile athletes including three time Olympic marathon representative Lee Troop.The athletes will now head home to some of the most remote areas of the country and continue training. Their next big challenge a 30km test event in Alice Springs in September. Their progress can be followed on the IMP website at imp.org.au or at our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheMarathonProject.
|Jurgean Tabuai||Townsville, QLD||40 mins|
|Marius Clarke||Gunbalanya, NT||43 mins|
|Anna Kerindun||Aurukun, QLD||1 hour 15 mins|
|Nicky Kerindun||Aurukun, QLD||1 hour 24 mins|
|Korey Summers||Alice Springs, NT||82 mins|
|Justin Gaykamangu||Ramingining, NT||86 mins|
|Nat Heath||Newcastle, NSW||90 mins|
|Kieren de Santis||Tiwi Islands, NT||1 hour 57 mins|
|Amber Parker||Cessnock, NSW||1 hours 58 mins|
|Emma Cameron||Darwin, NT||2 hours 08 mins|
|Grace Eather||Maningrida, NT||2 hours 12 mins|