IMP runners shine amongst crowd of 85,000

The 12 members of Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project squad joined with 85,000 other runners on Sunday to conquer the world’s largest fun run, the annual Sydney City2Surf. Tackling the tough 14km course, including the dreaded Heartbreak Hill, the squad outperformed their own expectations, with 20 year old Jack Wilson the first IMP athlete to cross the finish line in a time of 57 minutes. For a number of squad members, this was their first visit to Sydney, and while running and education was on the menu, there was plenty of time to check out a number of iconic sites such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. For 25 year old Elise Hull from Bathurst, the buzz of running alongside thousands of other runners all out to achieve the same thing helped her get to the finish line. “I had never run a race with that many people before so it was great to get a feel for what bigger races are like, and to have so many spectators giving up their Sunday morning to stand on the sidelines and cheer was wonderful,” she said. “I am feeling really confident heading into the next block of training before the 30km in Alice Springs, and I can’t wait to get back together with my IMP family.” The squad have now returned home where they will continue training until the next come together in Alice Springs next month for a 30km test run. They will need to successfully complete the run to make the final squad for the New York Marathon in November. The IMP squad were not the only ones to shine on race day, with 30 IMP fundraisers also joining forces to tackle the race, raising close to $30,000 in the process. For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Laura Oldfield. Photos can be sent on request.