TWEED Heads long distance runner Tymeka Mibus has her sights set on the New York City Marathon.
Miss Mibus has applied to run the marathon through Rob de Castella's Indigenous Marathon Project – an initiative aimed at encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to take up running and lead healthy lives.
Applications are open to Aboriginal people aged from 18-30.
The final squad will include six men and four women who will fly to New York to compete in November and travel Australia promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to indigenous youth.
Ms Mibus has an infectious enthusiasm for running. “Everyone has to run a marathon once in their life. It's an incredible feeling and I'd certainly love to have the opportunity to experience that in New York,” she said.
She applied for the project after receiving an email from her mother, and is encouraging other indigenous athletes in the area to do the same.
“My mother works for Aboriginal Health and sent me an email link and I filled it out online. It was as simple as that.”
Miss Mibus has run more than 14 marathons and participated in Ironwoman triathlons. She plans to use her experience to encourage indigenous women into the activity.
“I recently moved here from Darwin, and my plan is to help juniors and indigenous people, particularly women, to try the sport,” she said.
Applications for the project close today. Find out more at www.themarathonproject.com.au.
To register interest in Miss Mibus's running and walking group email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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