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Port Macquarie Running Festival

Tighten those laces and get ready to make a difference for The Indigenous Marathon Foundation in the 2017 Port Macquarie Running Festival.

 

The IMF is a not for profit charity organisation established in 2010 by the Godfather of Marathon, Rob de Castella, which includes four core programs including the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP). IMP uses running, particularly the marathon, to drive change and celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement.

 

Each year a squad of 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island men and women aged 18-30 are selected to run in the world's biggest marathon - New York City - with just six months of training; most have no prior running experience!

 

Before IMP, Australia had no Indigenous long distance runners. Now, 65 have Graduated the IMP program and continue to change their lives and those in their communities through running and inspiring change.

 

The Port Macquarie Running Festival is your opportunity to run for a difference and help Deek and his team continue to unearth more incredible Indigenous talent and provide life changing opportunities.

 

Deek will even be lining up in the 5km event (and he doesn't mind a few photos either!).

 

The event is also a great opportunity to meet Australia's first Indigenous man to cross the finish line of the New York City Marathon - and has since run four international marathons, one national marathon and a few half marathons along the way. Charlie Maher is an incredibly inspirational and humble man who will share his remarkable story for some added motivation!

 

So whether you’re in it for a fun day out, or to achieve a personal best, make every step count by fundraising as part of your run.

 

IMF relies heavily on the generosity of our supporters to continue our work in the community and provide life changing opportunities and pathways for our Indigenous Australians. We simply could not operate without the help of dedicated fundraisers like you – every bit of effort counts and any amount you raise is so appreciated.

 

Let’s run, and together make a difference for the better to those who need it most!

 

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