The Indigenous Marathon Foundation uses running to promote health and celebrate resilience and achievement. Within the IMF is the most wonderful grassroots running an initiative called Deadly Running Australia. Deadly meaning “awesome”.
BCTR is partnering with Maningrida Deadly Runners and helping to support their running community. (Maningrida is an indigenous community in the heart of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory). Juan Darwin, one of the original IMF graduates, is an inspirational leader in his community. He has set up the Deadly Running group to encourage the local children and youth to take up running to increase their health and well being and to give them an activity to focus on. It helps build self-esteem and motivates community members to have a goal.
To incentivise community members, especially the younger ones, to commit to attending they are rewarded with – a unique Deadly Running singlet once they have completed 10 sessions (cost $20) – Personal best prizes for runners that attend weekly sessions such as backpacks (Cost $35) – a pair of running shoes when they have completed 15 sessions as usually they run in bare feet or second-hand shoes (cost $100). Juan also needs equipment such as banners and flags for the course layout. As well, we are assisting them to send their team to the next Deadly Running Championships in Yulara, 2021, which is an amazing Indigenous running festival and is a great goal for the Deadly Running groups.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help Juan and the Maningrida community change lives. Please share your love of running and donate when you enter BCTR. Or, if you have already entered you can return to your entry through “Register Now” and donate.