Chance to race in New York City

It’s time for another round of young Indigenous Australians to go through their paces, with the search for the 2018 squad of the Indigenous Marathon Project officially underway.

WADE TO GO: Bodalla's Wade Mongta competed in last year's New York City Marathon through the Indigenous Marathon Foundation program.

WADE TO GO: Bodalla's Wade Mongta competed in last year's New York City Marathon through the Indigenous Marathon Foundation program.

Applications are now open, with the national tour set to take place early next year to identify 12 inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and use the skills the marathon teaches them to celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement in their communities.

The project, a core program of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, is open to all Indigenous Australians aged 18-30 and no prior running experience is necessary. 

Successful applicants will have just six months to train for the New York City Marathon, with the support of IMF founder and director Rob de Castella, and coach and 2014 IMP graduate Adrian Dodson-Shaw.

‘It’s a really exciting time,’’ Mr Dodson-Shaw said. “Everywhere I go I’m blown away by the incredible potential across the country and the willingness of young Indigenous Australians to step up and challenge themselves.”

The search is not about discovering Olympic runners; it is about finding motivated people who have the strength of character to inspire their communities and the nation through their commitment and ability to tackle challenges.

Mr de Castella said joining the IMP would test the limits of the 12 successful recruits, and offer huge rewards.

Applications can be made online at www.imf.org.au.

“Don’t hesitate, register now and take up the IMP challenge,” Mr de Castella said.