Indigenous Marathon Project

The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) was established in 2009 by world marathon champion, Rob de Castella, and in 2010 four Indigenous Australians created history as the first to run in the world’s biggest marathon – the New York City Marathon.

The IMP has grown significantly with 86 graduates finishing a major international marathon, including New York, Boston, Tokyo, London, Paris and Berlin, and completing an education component with a Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation delivered by AFL Sports Ready.

The continual growth and expansion of the IMP led to the establishment of the IMF in 2015 which covers four core programs:

  • The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP)
  • Indigenous Communities for Activity and Nutrition (I-CAN)
  • FrontRunners (a Graduate specific program)
  • Deadly Running Australia (DRA)

Running and physical activity underpin all IMF programs and we are committed to providing social, inclusive, and fun environments for people to adopt active and healthy lifestyles.

The indigenous marathon foundation (IMF) is a health promotion charity that uses running to celebrate Indigenous resilience and achievement and creates inspirational Indigenous leaders.

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