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Indigenous teenager, Caine Schofield, is one of 20 Indigenous people running the New York Marathon as part of the Indigenous marathon project (IMP).
Schofield secured his place earlier this month after running a 30km test event in Alice Springs. He jogs around Sunbury five times a week in training for the 42km event, under the knowing eyes of former world marathon champion Robert de Castella and coach Tim Rowe. De Castella, Australia's most successful marathon runner, is the IMP Director.
Schofield and his teammates will be running with 45,000 other athletes on 6 November 2011 in front of what organisers say will be millions of cheering fans lining the streets of Manhattan, with millions of television viewers also expected to watch the run.
The IMP was developed to give young Indigenous men and women a chance to make a difference. The marathon runners are out to prove that if they can overcome adversary to line up in the world's toughest event, then anything is possible. 'Most of these men and women have witnessed first-hand the effects of chronic disease that affects Indigenous communities and it's through providing these role models that shifts start to change on a local level,' De Castella said.
Indigenous Marathon Project