NAIDOC #RUNSWEATINSPIRE FESTIVAL
The #RunSweatInspire Festival is an annual virtual running and walking event in celebration of NAIDOC Week from 4 – 11 July 2021. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Heal Country!’. Join us in getting moving and acknowledging and learning more about this beautiful country!
The beauty of a virtual event means its your run (or walk), your way! Choose your own day, distance and location, and remember that your registration and participation supports the Indigenous Marathon Foundation to continue our impact.
All registrations for the #RunSweatInspire Festival will receive a participation medal designed by Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate and Wulli Wulli and Guwa man, Shane Cook.
Are you ready to join us?
What is NAIDOC Week?
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, cultures and histories. For more information, visit the National NAIDOC Week website.
What is the NAIDOC Week theme this year?
This years NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Heal Country!’ which calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. For more information, visit the National NAIDOC week website.
What is the #RunSweatInspire Festival?
The NAIDOC #RunSweatInspire Festival was started by the Indigenous Marathon Foundation in partnership with the National NAIDOC Committee and was born out of the challenges of COVID-19. The aim of the Festival is to get people active and healthy in the build up to and during NAIDOC week. It also aims to get people to recognise and respect the traditional country they are running on.
Can anyone participate in the NAIDOC #RunSweatInspire Festival?
Damn straight they can!
No matter where you are based, either in Australia or around the world you are invited to join us and participate in the Festival.
In doing so, we ask that you please ensure you abide by the relevant State & Federal health guidelines, as advised for each State or Territory within Australia, or the relevant guidelines as advised for the respective jurisdiction of the country you reside – for those participating outside of Australia.
What events should I enter into?
We highly recommend entering an event that is suitable to your level of fitness and/or total distance you are comfortable completing across the course of NAIDOC Week.
Remember to run and walk smart and be COVID safe at all times.
Where should I participate in my walk or run?
You can complete your walk or run anywhere! Choose a safe, traffic/obstacle free (if possible) and well-lit course to run or walk on. We encourage group participation as well, however we recommend that when linking up with other people, to please check your State/Territory requirements regarding limits on indoor/outdoor gatherings.
What is STRAVA? And how do I get involved?
STRAVA is an app that you can download for free that helps you track your weekly, monthly, and yearly walking and running training. IMF has several STRAVA clubs that you can become a part of – we encourage you to join the our NAIDOC #RunSweatInspire Festival Strava Club and get involved in the conversation in the chat room and share your runs via screen shot in here with all of our awesome Club Members!
Am I eligible for a discount fee?
If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, are an IMP Graduate or are a member of an IMF RAW Group, there is a solid discount code available for your entry. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain this code.
Is the NAIDOC #RunSweatInspire Festival a competitive event?
Only if you make it one! We encourage everyone to participate whether you wanted to walk 2km / jog a marathon… or walk a marathon. You can cover your chosen distance in one hit, or you could string it out over the course of NAIDOC Week. We just encourage participation and won’t be providing prizes for fastest or slowest runners or walkers.
What should I tag on social media?
Screenshot your walk or run from Strava also and share this, along with the traditional country you are participating on. We will be looking for awesome social content and sending out IMF Merchandise packs to those who want to get involved.
When will my medal be sent out?
We plan to send medals out the week following the NAIDOC #RunSweatInspire Festival. However, there could be delays in postage due to COVID-19. We appreciate your patience! There may be longer delays for international postage. We will email all participants to let everyone know when all medals have been posted out.
What does my entry fee and/or donation go towards?
Apart from covering some small costs associated with the NAIDOC #RunSweatInspire Festival itself, your entry fee and/or donation will go towards providing support to Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Foundations operations across Australia. With a growing list of Marathon Project Graduates and ever expanding IMF Running & Walking Programs in 40+ communities across Australia now – the need for funds to continue the IMFs work across Australia is critical. Your support is hugely appreciated!