Emma faces next challenge on the long road to Boston

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 selected as part of the Indigenous Marathon Project’s (IMP) 2012 New York Marathon squad in April last year, but sustained a knee injury that prevented her from running the 30km test event in Alice Springs in September. Instead, Emma will tackle the Boston Marathon in April if she can successfully finish the 30km on Sunday. Emma, who also plays netball for the Northern Territory, said she had never thought about training for and running a marathon before trying out for IMP.” “I tried out for IMP because I wanted to represent my people, my family and my friends, and rather than telling them what they should be doing I wanted to lead by example and show them that anything is possible,” she said. “I have been very fortunate to be a part of the IMP family and training with such an amazing bunch of people has been a once in a lifetime experience. I know Boston is going to be one of the biggest challenges I have faced, but I am excited to get there.” IMP Founder and World Champion marathon runner Rob de Castella said that Emma’s natural courage and determination had been highlighted by the fact that she hadn’t let an injury destroy her marathon dream. “The face that Emma kept training while her team mates went to New York, and now Tokyo is a testament to her training and commitment, and those are qualities that we try and bring out in all our runners,” he said. “Boston will be a huge challenge for Emma, but life for her will begin when she crosses the finish line and realises that if she puts her mind to it, she really can achieve anything that she wants in life.” Following the 30km test, Emma will return to Darwin where she will continue her training before travelling to Boston for the Marathon on April 15th. The Indigenous Marathon Project is not a sports program, but a social change program that uses the simple act of running as a vehicle to promote the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.