Charlie Maher

30 years old from Alice Springs, Northern Territory Charlie became the first Indigenous Australian to ever run the New York Marathon when he crossed the finish line in 2010 in a time of 3 hours 32 minutes. Charlie is an inspirational individual, and an extremely talented runner and AFL player. He has been integral in strengthening the link between IMP and Alice Springs, and he helped facilitate a number of Deadly Fun Runs on the ground in Alice Springs.   Charlie then went on to run the 2011 Boston Marathon, beating his personal best time by 10 minutes, all while raising close to $2000 for a dialysis unit in Alice Springs. In mid-2012, Charlie gave up playing AFL to concentrate on his running. He ran a personal best time of 87 minutes in the Sydney Running Festival half-marathon in September 2012, and is now in training for the Gold Coast Marathon in July, where he hopes to run another personal best. Charlie is currently working as a mentor at Yirara College in Alice Springs as part of the Clontarf Academy.