STEP UP: Successful applicants will train to run the NYC Marathon.
STEP UP: Successful applicants will train to run the NYC Marathon. Contributed

Opportunity for indigenous athletes to run in NYC

RUNNING: The Indigenous Marathon Project is seeking applications for their next class of athletes.

The aim of the program is to educate and train a group of Australian indigenous men and women aged 18-30 years to compete in the world's biggest marathon, the New York City Marathon, in November.

During the project year athletes remain in their home communities to train for the marathon and attend four major national camps throughout the year, before travelling to New York.

Athletes in the program also undertake a Certificate IV in Sport And Recreation.

It is not a sports program but a social change program that uses running as a vehicle to promote the benefits of active and healthy lifestyles and celebrate indigenous resilience and achievement.

Applications close on January 31, with the national try-out tour starting late February and running throughout March.

The location of try-outs will be determined by the applications received by the closing date.

Applicants can apply online or on the day of the try-outs but will need to find their way to the nearest try-out location.

Try-outs will consist of a 3km timed run for women and a 5km timed run for men.

No formal running training is required, just a commitment for athletes to try their best.

Applicants will also be interviewed by project staff about their motivation for wanting to be involved.

The project is looking to recruit people who are passionate about being ongoing role models with apurpose to provide positivebenefits for the community.