Men celebrated at first-ever WARRIOR Run

Despite Mother Nature’s attempts at stealing the limelight as well as the sunlight, nothing was going to dampen the spirits of everyone who participated in the IMF Father’s Day WARRIOR Fun Run on Sunday 6 September.

The event, a major fundraiser for the IMF, was initiated to celebrate great men, fathers and significant male role models, and to focus on all the incredibly positive attributes of great men.

Dads, kids and families took over Brazilian Fields at Centennial Park in Sydney on Father’s Day to become part of a significant event that we aim will become an annual event around the country in the following years.

Kids and adults had their faces painted in traditional Indigenous Warrior markings, which we are sure made everyone cross the finish line even faster!

People of all ages and abilities lined up in the 5km and 10km events to run or walk their way through the scenic course, and while the rain was kind to the 5km participants, the 10km crowd wasn’t so lucky.

But no amount of rain was going to stop the fun and celebration experienced by all participants.

The event would not have been possible without the incredible support of the following organisations:

Major Sponsors: Rebel Sport, ASICS

Supporting Partners: Qantas, Pont3, Net Strategies, Clarety, Accor Hotels, Crown Resorts, The Packer Foundation

Community Partners: South Sydney Rabbitohs, Tribal Warrior, NSW Police Association, Recognise, The Colour Run, Centennial Parklands, the Australian Olympic Committee, AFL

Media Partners: Channel 7, Nova FM, News Limited

We would like to thank every single person – corporate organisations, sponsors, IMF Graduates, kids, dads, mums, Indigenous leaders and elders – who made the event possible.

It was a tremendous success in its first year and we are already looking forward to making it even bigger and better in 2016!

Don’t forget to print out your results certificate, pin it up, share it on social media or perhaps frame yours and your Dads and give it to him as a belated Father’s Day gift as a reminder of the significant and special time you spent together and the lifelong memories you created.

Prizes were awarded to the top three adult male, female, junior and senior finishers in the 5km and 10km events. Those runners were:

5km Adult Male:

1st: Charlie Maher – 19:39

2nd: Elliot Wolgamot – 21:04

3rd: Andrew Gooley – 21:24

5km Adult Female: 

1st: Amy Brown – 20:08

2nd: Georgia Gleeson – 21:33

3rd: Carla Brown – 25:13

5km Junior Boy:

1st: Saxon Sullivan – 22:40

2nd: Aiden Wood Thompson – 22:45

3rd: Jack Wedgewood – 23:35

5km Junior Girl:

1st: Tabitha Palmer – 23:37

2nd: Alexandra Field – 23:55

3rd: Marie Karantanis – 28:46

10km Adult Male:

1st: Chris Truscott – 34:16

2nd: Wayne Bulloch – 35:05

3rd: Emma Keane – 47:46

10km Adult Female: 

1st: Marquita Van Hove – 45:25

2nd: Sara Keane – 47:46

3rd: Emma Keane – 47:46

10km Junior Boy:

1st: Charlie Mitchell – 42:18

2nd: Yallum King – 50:42

3rd: Joseph Bartram – 51:12

A full media statement is also available.

Thank you for making our first event such a success, we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Click here for a peak at some of the pics. More photos can be found on the event Facebook page

The IMF relies on the generosity of the public and corporate organisations to ensure long term sustainability of the program. We have created a fundraising page associated with this event, so if you took part and can encourage friends and family to make a donation, or if you couldn’t be part of the event but would like to contribute, we would be most grateful.