The squad is back together and ready to tackle the next challenge; the Gold Coast Half Marathon!
For most of the squad, this will be their first ever half marathon. They have been training hard since the first camp in Canberra six weeks ago, and squad member from Broome, Kimba Benjamin, says now more than ever they all undeniably embrace the age-old philosophy that “consistency is key”.
“It would have been difficult for me to complete the half marathon on Sunday, however I’m feeling confident because I know I’ve ticked boxes on my training schedule. I’m excited to reach another milestone,” she said.
Spoilt by the warm Queensland weather, today the squad will participate in the Main Beach parkrun to meet supporters, and IMF Ambassadors Dave “Robbo” Robertson and Ironman Champion, Pete Jacobs.
Camps also provide a fantastic opportunity for the squad to engage with many IMP Graduates and we are fortunate to have in camp, 2013 IMP Graduates, Evelyna Dhamarrandji and Colin Sampton, while fellow 2013 IMP Graduate, Jack Wilson, shared his story with the squad on Wednesday.
Both Evelyna and Colin are lining up in the marathon on Sunday, which will be the second marathon for both Graduates, and Jack is putting the half marathon to the test!
And the Graduate involvement doesn’t stop there.
The warm weather has proven to be a magnet for our Grads (we doubt you’d find them so willing to travel to Canberra for a running festival this time of year..!), who are not only themselves participating, but who have been training people in their communities to take part in one of the country’s most loved running races.
IMP 2014 Graduates from Thursday Island, Harold Matthew and Elsie Seriat are competing in the half and 10km respectively and have also brought a group of runners from the TI Deadly Runners Group to take part in various events.
Flying in from south of the border, 2015 Graduate, Jessica Lovett-Murray will once again take on the half marathon with a group of women she has been training for the event; women who have no previous running experience but have bonded over the past few months through running. You can watch more of there story here.
It’s set to be an amazing event on Sunday, with strong IMP representation – through current squad, Graduates and people from community who have been inspired by our grads’ and runners’ achievements.
Bring it, Gold Coast, because IMP certainly is! #runsweatinspire