Celebrating positive male role models and championing Indigenous culture.

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“I believe a role model is someone who does the best with the situation they’re in. It’s not about perfection, it’s about giving it your best and continuing to move forward.”

Nathan Riley, Wiradjuri

IMP Graduate #33 and 2021 IMF WARRIOR.

The WARRIOR Run was established by the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) in 2015 to coincide with Father’s Day and to recognise and celebrate positive male leaders.

This year, the WARRIOR Run will be a free week long virtual event kicking off on Father’s Day from 5 – 12 September 2021. Get in quick as we only have 1000 medals available!

Walk or run wherever you are in the world, at anytime between 5 and 12 September 2021 and join us as we showcase some of the amazing leaders and male role models within the IMF community.

  • 2km Dash Hit the ground running with your family, perfect to get the kids and the grandparents active!

  • 5km Fun Run After a bit more of a challenge? A good distance for both seasoned runners, and newbies.

  • 10km Fun Run The most challenging distance available for this event. Why not?

The first 1000 entries will receive an exclusive medal at no cost with free Australia-wide postage. (International postage is available but will incur a fee).

If you are interested in donating to the IMF or running as part of a fundraiser check out our FAQ’s below!

Virtual doesn’t have to mean solo! Sign up to our Strava Group IMF WARRIOR Run Club to keep yourself accountable, view other runs and join in on the online fun.

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FAQ's

What is the IMF WARRIOR Run?

The IMF WARRIOR Run was established by Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF) in 2015 coinciding with Father’s Day to acknowledge and celebrate positive male role models and leaders. Over the years, the event – usually held in Sydney – has evolved to feature an Indigenous-focused festival as a way to offer a unique cultural experience to people from all walks of life. This year, the WARRIOR Run is a week long free virtual event!

An exceptional male role model is selected each year as the ‘face’ of the WARRIOR Run finishers medal. These men are selected based on the significant contributions they make to their community, as a leader and role model. Nathan Riley, Wiradjuri man and Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate #33 is this years Warrior.

Participants can register for the event by selecting one of three running/walking options – 2km Dash, 5km and 10km run.

The first 1000 people to register for the free virtual event will receive an exclusive medal with free Australia-wide postage. A flat rate of $20 postage for international participants will apply.

Can anyone participate in the IMF WARRIOR Run?

Yes, the IMF WARRIOR Run is a free week long virtual event and open to anyone. Why not share the power of physical activity and invite your family and friends to join you in your run or walk?

We encourage you to be COVID-19 safe during your activity. Please check your State/Territory Health Orders and ensure you are complying with COVID-19 restrictions.

How much does it cost to register?

Zilch, zero, nada! This event is free!

Is the IMF WARRIOR Run a competitive event or can you participate just for fun?

If you want to participate for fun – great!

Everyone, across all three event distances are encouraged to post your run/walk on the IMF WARRIOR Run STRAVA Club – including images.

There will be no prizes awarded or results posted for this event.

The first 1000 registrations will receive a medal.

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 groups – one specific to IMF WARRIOR Run Club, one that is IMF’s Official Club page and other Club pages specific to the different IMF activities & events. We encourage you to sign up to both and get involved online.

What does my donation go towards?

Funds raised from this event will go towards delivering Community WARRIOR Run events throughout the month of September.

We are working with IMF Running and Walking groups across Australia to organise fun runs in their local communities, bringing people of all ages and abilities together to run in celebration of the great men in their lives.

The IMF will support each community to deliver these events.  Event Kits will be provided to each participating community, consisting of  event signage, race bibs, race prizes and medals, course markers, hand sanitisers, basic care packs, colour powder, vouchers for refreshment stations and more. CLICK HERE TO START FUNDRAISING.

COVID-19 Safety

Please ensure you have checked the relevant State and Territory health orders regarding COVID-19 restrictions prior to your run/walk.

IMF Warrior Run Bib

We encourage all runners to download, print, wear the Warrior Run bib during your virtual run. Click here to download the Warrior Run bib.

We’d love you to share your photos on Facebook and Instagram, so don’t forget to add #WARRIORRun to your posts!

Tighten those laces and get ready to make a difference.

Whether you’re participating in the IMF WARRIOR Run for a fun family activity or setting out to achieve a PB – make every step count by fundraising as part of your run.

Funds raised through our events are crucial in enabling us to continue our work in the community.

You can create your own Individual fundraising page, Create a Team page (that others can join and combine for a real team effort).

Alternatively, you can support a friend by donating on their page!

Fundraisers who raise over….
$500 – receive an exclusive IMF supporter singlet
$1000 – go into the running to win a Garmin watch
$5000 – receive a personalised video message from world marathon champion himself – Rob de Castella!

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