The Indigenous Marathon Foundation is on the lookout for 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to join their project and participate in the New York City Marathon next year.
Bodalla runner Wade Mongta, 19, has been the first and so far only representative of the NSW Far South Coast to take part in the program in 2016.
Applications are open to all Indigenous Australians aged 18-30. Last year the project saw applicants from some of Australia’s most remote areas, many of whom have come from non-running backgrounds.
The foundation’s search is not about discovering Olympic runners; they are looking for motivated people who have the strength of character to inspire the community and the nation through their commitment and ability to tackle challenges.
Founder and director Rob de Castella said joining the Indigenous Marathon Foundation would test limits and offer huge rewards.
“Don’t hesitate, register now and take up the Indigenous Marathon Foundation challenge,”
“Running is easy, just one step after the other, but running a marathon is hard, just like life can be, especially if you want to make a difference.”
The selected team will be given six months of training to prepare for the New York City Marathon. The successful applicants will also complete a Certificate IV in Sport & Rec, First Aid qualification, Level 1 Recreational Running accreditation and a mental health program as part of the projects education component.
The Indigenous Marathon Foundation will begin a national tour early next year, visiting communities around Australia selecting six men and six women in a trial that includes a 3km run for women and 5km run for men, in addition to an interview.