The IMF was established in 2009 by world marathon champion, Rob de Castella, and in 2010 the first four Indigenous Australians created history as the first to run in the world’s biggest marathon – New York City Marathon – as part of one of the IMF’s core programs; the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP).
The IMP has grown significantly with 75 Graduates finishing a major international marathon including New York, Boston and Tokyo, and receiving a qualification with a Certificate III in Fitness (formerly a Certificate IV in Leisure and Health) delivered by AFL Sports Ready
The continual growth and expansion of the IMP led to the establishment of the IMF in 2015 which umbrellas 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.