Call-out for Kimberley marathon prospects

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2018 IMP graduate Torey Rickerby after completing the New York City Marathon.
Camera Icon2018 IMP graduate Torey Rickerby after completing the New York City Marathon. Credit: Indigenous Marathon Project, Supplied

Kimberley-based runners looking to challenge themselves will be given the chance of a lifetime in upcoming try-outs for a journey to the world’s biggest marathon.

The Indigenous Marathon Project has begun its annual search for 12 young Indigenous men and women to compete in the New York City Marathon, with Broome try-outs set to be held at Haynes Oval on Friday February 22.

Now entering its 10th year, the IMP will select, educate and train a squad of Indigenous men and women aged between 18 and 30, who are looking to make a difference in their communities through their journey to New York City.

The program uses running as a vehicle to promote the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle, while celebrating Indigenous resilience and achievement.

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The program has more than 85 graduates across Australia, including Derby’s Torey Rickerby and Broome’s Damien Crispin and Adrian Dodson-Shaw, who is also the IMP head coach.

Mr Dodson-Shaw, who will be travelling around the country during the national try-out tour, said IMP’s reach has been growing every year.

“It’s great to see the number of applications increase year after year, as IMP grows bigger and bigger and more people understand what the project is about,” he said.

“This isn’t about completing a marathon, it’s about changing your life.”

Successful prospects will go on to complete four national camps in the lead-up to the New York City Marathon, as well as take part in the project’s educational component which will see them graduate with a Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation.

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