Run, Rachel, Run!

On Sunday 25th January, Rachel Baker, a young Aboriginal Yolngu woman from the remote community of Galiwinku on Elcho Island, East Arnhem Land, will travel to our nation’s capital for her final and toughest test.

As part of the 2014 Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project squad, Rachel was selected in early 2014 to train for the New York City Marathon last November. Unfortunately half way through her preparation she sustained a stress fracture in her leg, effectively ruling her out of New York.

She continued with the IMP squad, completing her Certificate IV in Leisure & Health, and refocused her training on the Tokyo Marathon on February 22nd.

Now fully recovered from her injury, and with many tough kilometres logged in and around her hot, humid and remote community of Galiwinku, she will travel to Canberra for her half marathon selection and test run at 6:30am on Sunday the 25th January.

This will be the longest and toughest run of her life!

  Rob de Castella, Founder of the IMP, is inviting all local ACT and regional runners and IMP supporters to join him to meet and support Rachel and other IMP graduates Charlie Maher (IMP 2010 from Alice Springs NT), Bianca Graham (IMP 2011 from Weipa, QLD) and Nadine Hunt (IMP 2011 from Cairns QLD) who will also be taking on the Tokyo Marathon with Rachel, as they do their final long run and test event before heading to Tokyo.

The test run will start at 6.30am from Reconciliation Place on the Lake foreshore.

“What a great way to celebrate Australia Day, come and join me in supporting Rachel and these amazing first Australian’s as they Run Sweat and Inspire so many by their courage and epic efforts,” Deek said.

Meet at 6.15am and listen to Rachel’s story, her motivation and the reasons she has embarked on this long and difficult journey.

EVENT – IMP and proud Yolngu woman, Rachel’s test and Tokyo Marathon Selection half marathon run

WHEN – 6.15am for a 6.30am start

WHERE – the Lake foreshore at Reconciliation Place, Canberra

COST – Participation is free, however a tax deductible donation to Rachel’s Tokyo expenses is welcome.

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