Indigenous Marathon Foundation

Promote active lifestyles to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people & celebrate Indigenous resilience & achievement.


The Indigenous Marathon Project uses the marathon as a vehicle to promote active and healthy lifestyles to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement.

Each year a group of 12 Indigenous Australians (six men and six women) are selected to train for the New York City Marathon with just six months of training.

Education is a compulsory part of the IMP program and all squad members are required to complete:

· Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation

· Level 1 Recreational Running Coach Accreditation through Athletics Australia

· CPR and first-aid qualifications

· Media Training

Using their skills, knowledge and qualifications, these Indigenous Australians become healthy lifestyle leaders and return to their communities as agents of change, inspiring and encouraging people in their communities to adopt active and healthy lifestyles. These lifestyle changes are what is crucial in addressing the high instance of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and renal failure in our Indigenous Australians.

The project uses running to change lives and provide a sense of empowerment, purpose and pride.

The project you will be working on is to build the success of the DE CASTELLA FUN RUN, a major fundraising event for IMF. This established community event is held in honour of Robert de Castella marathon legend and is now in it’s 38th consecutive year. Event date is Sunday 26th August 2018.

Last year we had over 1500 entrants in the de Castella Run and we hope to have even more this year. Rob de Castella as event patron will be there on the day.

Funds raised from this event will be spent on providing Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) graduates with assistance in setting their next 12month goals, providing supportive counselling, mental health and wellbeing programs to continue to be agents of change when their return to their remote communities.

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