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 11 member Indigenous Marathon Project squad, all vying for a spot on the start line of the famous New York Marathon, now less than three months away.
Both runners achieved outstanding results at the recent Gold Coast half marathon, standing them in good stead for the tough 14km course from Sydney’s Hyde Park to Bondi Beach, alongside 85,000 other competitors.
26 year old Nat, from Newcastle, said he was excited by the challenge of competing in his first City2Surf.
“I have heard from a lot of people how great the event is, and I am looking forward to running alongside four other Indigenous people from where I work, as well as my partner, so it will be fun to all do it together,” he said.
“My preparation for New York is going really well. I am starting to build up and increase the amount of kilometres I run each week, and my body seems to be adapting well, which is very positive.”
Sydney-based elite runner and 2010 City2Surf champion Lara Tamsett, will also line up alongside the IMP team, as part of the IMP Footprints fundraising program. Tamsett, a long-time supporter of the Project, has raised more than $1500 in the lead up to the race*.
These funds go towards helping both past and present IMP athletes to continue to attend training camps and running events, as well as further their education.
2011 IMP team member and Boston Marathon runner Tegan Pigram will also join the team, in her first race since conquering the marathon in April.
The next big challenge for the IMP athletes will be a 30km test event in Alice Springs in September, where each runner will battle it out for a spot in the final team heading to New York.
For more information, or to arrange an interview with the athletes, please contact Laura Oldfield on (02) 6260 5750 or 0438 523 543. For information about the Indigenous Marathon Project can be found at imp.org.au.
*Click here to view Lara’s fundraising page: http://makingadifference.gofundraise.com.au/page/TamsettLara