Want to run with the IMP men in Canberra?

Do you want to join the six male members of the IMP squad as they running a gruelling 16km time trial around Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra this weekend? Here is your chance! We would love as many of our volunteers and supporters as possible to join the men as they take on what is for many, the furthest they have ever run. If putting on your running shoes on a Sunday morning to run 16km isn’t appealing, you can still be involved. The men will be leaving the Black Mountain Peninsula at 9am, and running in a clockwise direction around the 16km loop, finishing back at the car park between 10-10.30am, so you can meet them on the course and show your support. The men arrived in Canberra on Wednesday, ahead of their first training camp as members of Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project. Following the success of the women’s camp last week, Luke McKenzie from Murray Bridge, Tali Tabuai from Saibai Island, Jack Wilson from Townsville, Nathan Djerrkura from Yirrkala, Justin Miller from Katherine and Colin Sampton from Yulara will finish the camp one step closer to running the world famous New York Marathon in November. The five day camp will include a number of training runs in the icy Canberra mornings as well as starting units of their Certificate IV in Health and Leisure. 23 years old Colin Sampton, who is currently living in Uluru and studying at the National Indigenous Training Academy, said he was looking forward to his first trip to Canberra, but was unsure what to expect. “I am feeling pumped up for the camp, and ready to be put through my paces,” he said. “My training is going great so far, and I can’t wait to step up my training as it gives me so much motivation to inspire others. The men will return home on Monday morning, and will come together again for the Gold Coast half-marathon in July. The team will be available for media opportunities throughout the week, as well as at the conclusion of their run on Sunday morning. For more information, please contact Laura Oldfield on (02) 6260 5750 or 0438 523 543.