The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) was born in 2009, when Matt Long set about finding Indigenous talent to send over to the USA to compete in the New York City Marathon the following year.
Ten years later with eight successful campaigns, the foundation and Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) can only be considered a success, with over 70 successful graduates completing race and growing in the community, promoting leadership and good health.
RIGHT NOW the IMP Head Coach Adrian Dodson-Shaw and his team are travelling around Australia trying to find the next crop of Indigenous stars. Running talent is not the focus here either, the IMP organisers are looking for role-models who will flourish and set an example within the Indigenous community.
Trials include a 2km (for the women) or 5km (for the men) run and an interview with the Head Coach. Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old.
Adrian Dodson-Shaw, the head coach, spoke about what attributes were required for the program, and his personal experience as a graduate and where it has taken him since... hear it at the Sean for Breakfast Show below (towards the end of the audio).
Trials begin in Perth towards the end of February, with the recruiting working their way North to Geraldton, Port Hedland and Broome. It is free to trial.
For more information please go to the IMF website: