Com­pete for a chance at NY

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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