Tokyo triumph for IMP runners
Three Indigenous Marathon Project athletes have run the race of their lives to do their families, friends, communities and most of all, themselves proud, crossing the finish line of the world-famous Tokyo Marathon. Korey Summers from Alice Springs, Nat Heat from Newcastle and Jurgean Tabuai from Saibai Island were selected as part of the 2012 IMP New York Marathon squad in April last year, but put their marathon dreams on hold following the cancellation of the New York Marathon last year. Yesterday the trio stood tall alongside 35,000 other competitors on the start line of one of the world’s most prestigious marathons and showed the world that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything. Despite testing conditions, with temperatures reaching a low of -2 degrees the night before the race, the athletes put their hard work and training into practice with Korey leading the pack over the finish line, and setting an IMP record of 3.08.51 for the 42.195km course. Nat was the second IMP athlete over the line in 3.14.51, with Jurgean close behind in 3.27.50. The trio will now return to Australia for a well-earned break, before being presented with their Certificate IV in Health and Leisure. IMP is now on the look-out for the next crop of runners to take on the New York Marathon in November. If you, or someone you know, has what it takes, apply online at www.imp.org.au.