Final Run on home soil

The roads are long and barren.  It will be just as much a test of mental strength as physical endurance.

And we’re encouraging you to be part of the action!

The 30km test run in Alice Springs will be the 2014 team’s final challenge on home soil, in the hope of making the official squad to run in the world famous New York City Marathon.

We are encouraging members of the community to run alongside the IMP team in their 30km Alice Springs test run.

The event will be held on Sunday 28 September starting at John Flynn’s Grave, on sunrise – approximately 5:30am.

You don’t have to run the entire 30km; run as much or as little as you can.  It’s about supporting the team over the line and helping them earn their ticket for New York.

If you can’t make it on the day but would still like to show your support, why not make a donation on the fundraising page – FUNDRAISING PAGE, or leave a message of support through the IMP Forum – IMP FORUM.

It all comes down to this one run, so get behind the team in their final run to make a dream a reality.

NB: All supporters must cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Please RSVP your attendance to Kellie O’Sullivan –

From Alice Springs to New York

One dream, one final challenge; 30km.

Sunday 28 September – the day that stands between the runners and an entry into the New York Marathon.

It’s been a whirlwind two and a half months for the team  – from a 10km and 15km training run in June in horrendous conditions in Canberra, to a half marathon on the Gold Coast in July, then taking on Sydney’s Heartbreak Hill in August.

Added to the intense camps away from home and subsequent training schedules in their home communities, the runners have also been completing their Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, while balancing jobs and family life.

It’s a remarkable accomplishment for most people, even more-so for people who come some of Australia’s, and the world’s, most remote and geographically challenged areas; and have no running background or experience.

Runners have initiated fun-runs, running and fitness groups in their community, been invited to be ambassador for events including the Dubbo Stampede, Thursday Island’s first ever Colour Run, the inaugural Galiwinku Fun Run and the Broome Marathon, become inspirational role models and continue to demonstrate how incredible Australia’s Indigenous people are.

Now it comes down to one final challenge – a 30km test run in Alice Springs.

The runners who finish the run will book their ticket into the 2014 TCS New York Marathon.

And we’re calling on our supporters to get behind the team.

We want to raise $5,000 – the equivalent cost of sending one runner to New York. Help leave a legacy for future IMP runners, and their communites, and make this opportunity possible.  Visit our fundraising page and make a donation – every dollar counts!

You can also leave a message of support for the 30km challenge through the IMP Forum. Just click on the link “30km to New York”

Opportunities are being created, self-belief and pride are being instilled, and pathways are being paved for current and future generations of our Indigenous people.

Your contribution is changing lives.

Thank you.