Run­ner ready for bite of the Big Ap­ple

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A keen Pil­bara run­ner will swap Kar­ratha pave­ments for the streets of New York later this year, when she takes on one of the world’s big­gest marathons af­ter be­ing se­lected to com­pete as part of the 2017 In­dige­nous Marathon Project.

Af­ter hit­ting lo­cal run­ning tracks al­most daily for the past four years, Natasha Shires, 29, is al­ready in train­ing for the 42.195km New York City Marathon in Novem­ber, sup­ported by train­ing and men­tor­ing from the an­nual not-for-profit project.

The ath­lete, who also works as an Abo­rig­i­nal and Is­lan­der ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer at Kar­ratha’s Tam­brey Pri­mary School, said she hoped her in­volve­ment would set an ex­am­ple of the ben­e­fits of liv­ing a healthy life­style to lo­cal chil­dren, in­clud­ing her three young daugh­ters.

“It gives ed­u­ca­tion to in­dige­nous peo­ple to make those life­style changes, such as eat healthy and stay ac­tive, so it’s a great pro­gram,” she said. “I work with chil­dren, so be­ing able to em­bed that into the kids that I work with is what I’m aim­ing to do.” Ms Shires is one of 12 peo­ple se­lected across Aus­tralia for this year’s project, which trains in­dige­nous peo­ple from be­gin­ner to marathon-run­ner level in six months to pro­mote healthy life­style choices, re­silience and suc­cess.

In prepa­ra­tion, Ms Shires and the rest of the IMP team will have to com­plete four short train­ing camps and sev­eral health and fit­ness cour­ses be­fore com­pet­ing in New York on Novem­ber 5.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha res­i­dent Natasha Shires, who has been se­lected to com­pete in the New York City Marathon as part of the 2017 In­dige­nous Marathon Project, with her chil­dren Ella, 9, Amelia, 6, and Laila, 4.

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