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Date posted: 6 September 2012
Australian Olympic gold medallist, Cathy Freeman is set to run the world-famous New York City marathon in November. She will run alongside 11 runners from across Australia who are members of the Indigenous marathon project (IMP).
Cathy will run as a 'Deadly runner' - a dedicated running team set up by the Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) to raise awareness and funds for Indigenous children living on Palm Island, Australia's fourth most disadvantaged community.
The IMP is a community focussed health initiative that uses running as a vehicle to create Indigenous leaders and promote physical activity and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to Indigenous communities. Since 2012, 17 Indigenous men and women have completed the New York and Boston Marathons as part of IMP.
Australia's greatest ever marathon runner and founder of IMP, Robert de Castella says "Cathy and the IMP athletes are sending a powerful message to Indigenous Australia; if you can run a marathon, you can do anything."
Source: Cathy Freeman Foundation