Compete for a chance at NY
THE Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) national tryout tour will visit Mossman on Sunday to give locals a chance to compete in the New York Marathon.
The tour kicked off this week travelling to major cities across the country, as well as some of the most remote indigenous communities in Australia to find the next crop of IMP runners.
The IMP was established in 2010 by former world marathon champion and 1983 Australian of the Year Robert de Castella.
The dedicated team annually selects, educates, trains and takes a group of inspirational young indigenous men and women aged 18 to 30, to compete in the world’s biggest marathon in New York City.
‘‘IMP is not a sports program,’’ de Castella said.
‘‘ IMP is a social change program that uses the simple act of running as a vehicle to promote the benefits of active and healthy lifestyles and changes lives.’’
The try outs will kick off at 8am at the Mossman hospital car park and will consist of a 3km run for women and a 5km run for men, a beep test and a short interview with IMP staff which could lead to the New York Marathon.