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Indigenous runners now being recruited for 2012 NY marathon

Date posted: 25 January 2012

Seven Indigenous men and four Indigenous women have recently returned from America where they ran the world famous foot race, the New York City Marathon. The women's team was the first ever Indigenous Australian women's team to participate in the event.

The team ran under the auspices of the Indigenous marathon project, an exciting and ambitious campaign that aims to have an Indigenous Australian distance runner on the 2016 Olympic team.

The Indigenous marathon project is now seeking outstanding Indigenous men and women to train for this endurance running event in 2012. Applicants should be aged between 18 and 30 and have high levels of commitment and ability. They will be coached and supervised by Australian marathon champion, Rob de Castella, required to attend a number of training camps around Australia during the year, and undertake a Certificate III in Community recreation - Indigenous health.

Applicants should be willing to inspire other Indigenous men and women, and have an interest in wanting to make a difference by promoting a healthy lifestyle. Try-outs will take place in February and March 2012.

To make an application to train as a runner with the Indigenous marathon project, see the links below.


Indigenous marathon project
PO Box 6127
Mawson ACT 2607
Ph: (02) 6260 5750


Last updated: 21 February 2012
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