The Tasmanian Marathon Championships will be held Sunday 9th Janaury 2022 on the Cadbury Estate.
Dave chats with race organiser Richard Welsh who also looks back at the Carnival series and forward to run the Bridge.
The states premier marathon running festival returns for its 39th edition this Sunday, in what organisers are referring to as a marathon effort to simply get to the start line.
With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping through the community in a most untimely period for the event, cancellations and pivoting have been key words on event week.
Among the 1600 starters will be Jye Roe Banks. The 27 year old Darwin resident has made the trip and will run as a member of the Rob de Castella Indigenous Marathon Project for the first time.
“I’m really excited to be running a half marathon in the 2022 Cadbury Marathon. I have a lot of family in Lutruwita (Tasmania), so I am really excited to be able to share this part of my Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) journey with them in person. I’m looking forward to running in a special place that I grew up spending a lot of time on, alongside my brother, sister-in-law and husband.
“I will be wearing my yellow IMP singlet when I run so you can’t miss me! Of the 122 IMP Graduates, there hasn’t been one from Tasmania before, and this is a nice opportunity to promote the IMP with applications now open. It was a life changing experience that has positively impacted me in so many ways and I’d encourage anyone eligible to apply,“ she said.
The indigenous Marathon Project was founded in 2009 by marathon World and Commonwealth Champion Rob de Castella AO to inspire Indigenous Australians through the beauty of running.
“At IMF we always talk about spreading ripples of running and inspiration, and it is so good to have one of our 2021 IMP Graduates, Jye Roe-Banks traveling in from Darwin to run the half marathon at the 2022 Cadbury Marathon. I really want an IMP Graduate from Lutruwita (Tasmania). It is the only part of Australia that we don’t have represented in the 122 IMP Graduates, and I hope that Jye’s participation and presence at the 2022 Cadbury Run, will inspire 18 to 30 year old Lutruwita men and women to apply at www.imf.org.au,” de Castella said.
More than 400 have entered from interstate, across a mixture of the in person and the virtual events on offer.
The 39th Cadbury Marathon will be this Sunday 9th January. Start times for the events are;
- Cadbury Marathon – 6am (expected first finisher 8:20am)
- Cadbury Half Marathon – 6:30am (expected first finisher (7:35am)
- ON 10km – 9:15am
- The Running Edge 5km – 9:10am
- Cadbury 1km – 9:00am
Entries are closing 2pm Saturday at www.cadburymarathon.com.au.