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Indigenous marathon project



The Indigenous marathon project (IMP) identifies Indigenous men and women with a running talent and provides them with the opportunity to compete in the world's most famous race - The New York City Marathon. The IMP began in 2010 and is part of the SmartStart for kids! project, which contributes to helping Indigenous youth and their communities.

The Indigenous marathon project (IMP) aims to:

The project will work with relevant organisations to place athletes in employment in health, sport or recreation sectors. Athletes will gain a Certificate III in Community Recreation - Indigenous Healthy Living. The Certificate III is unlike any other course offered in Australia, as it focuses on Indigenous health issues whilst incorporating sport and event management components, thus creating a holistic qualification for the athletes.

The course addresses Indigenous health issues such as:

The course covers community recreation components such as:

This will give athletes the tools to become health leaders within their families and communities and promote healthy eating and regular exercise.

Abstract adapted from Indigenous marathon project


Indigenous marathon project
PO Box 6127
Mawson ACT 2607
Ph: (02) 6162 4750


Last updated: 19 January 2015
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