Deadly Fun Run Series

The Deadly Fun Run Series (DFRS) is an initiative that introduces running and walking to regional, remote and city communities in a fun, non-intimidating environment for men, women and children.

The DFRS is established, owned and run by communities, primarily IMP Graduates.

The DFRS was established in 2011, with a number of 1km fun runs/walks and 3-5km runs. It has grown significantly with approximately 3,000 people across the country participating in a DFRS.

The Series consists of five regular fun runs and points are awarded for participation and place.

At the end of the Series, four representatives – male and female, junior and senior champions – are selected to represent their community at the DFR Championships held in June each year at Uluru.

The Championships are held in the morning and include a 3km race for the juniors and 5km for seniors.

After lunch, participants travel out to the country’s most iconic Indigenous landmark – Uluru – for a 12km relay run around the base of the rock with their fellow community representatives.

Each community is invited to bring a message stick of significance to present to the Traditional Owners – the Mutitjulu community – who live at the base of Uluru.

The event continues to grow each year and is fast approaching 150 participants, volunteers and community chaperones from approximately 20 Indigenous communities nation-wide.

IMF can assist a limited number of communities with costs associated with travel and accommodation, but with the event’s significant growth, many communities are required to self-fund their trip.

To find out more about the Deadly Fun Run Series and Deadly Running Australia, please contact program manager, Nadine Hunt – nadine.h@imf.org.au or (02) 6162 4750.