Every year NAIDOC Week seems to be getting bigger, better and deadlier, engaging more of the wider Australian community in this incredibly important celebration and acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. As NAIDOC Week draws closer, we will be sharing some ways that everyone can get involved. Today, we are highlighting the #RunSweatInspire Festival. This annual virtual running and walking event, organised by the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), is an excellent way of getting involved no matter where you live (IMF, 2021).
People gathered on Country for #RunSweatInspire Festival. Courtesy of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, 2021.
The aim of the virtual event is to get people active while also recognising and respecting the traditional country that they are running or walking on. This event fits in beautifully with this year's NAIDOC theme ‘Heal Country.’ What better way to celebrate this theme than being on Country and learning more about the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live? (IMF, 2021).
The great part about this virtual event is that you can do it your way. You get to choose your own day, distance, location and whether you’d like to run or walk. Each registration and participation supports the Indigenous Marathon Foundation and their important work of keeping Indigenous communities active and healthy. Through registering, you will also receive a gorgeous participation medal designed by, Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate and Wulli Wulli and Guwa man, Shane Cook (IMF, 2021).
Gather a group of your friends and family together to participate and get active this NAIDOC Week!
You can find out more about the festival and register here. If you would like to find out more about the Indigenous Marathon Foundation and their incredible projects click here.