Celebrating great men.
Warrior Run - 5k or 10k
2k dash - Kids and Adults fun run
The Father's Day WARRIOR Run - held on Sunday 1 September at Sydney's Centennial Park - is open to people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities, to celebrate great men. The WARRIOR Run will be one of the main events of the Father's Day Festival in 2019. Distances include a 2km kids' dash, 5km and 10km run.
The WARRIOR Run events are significant fundraisers for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), a charity organisation that uses running to drive change in Indigenous communities nation-wide. Participants will be invited to wear some Indigenous themed face paint markings (paint provided!).
This year IMF are thrilled to partner with Centennial Parklands for the 2019 Father's Day Festival where fathers, sons, brothers, uncles and grandfathers can join in the celebrations with their families and share a memorable day together.
The Father's Day Festival will be held 8am to 2pm and offers an opportunity for a unique Indigenous cultural experience. The festival will feature market stalls, food, workshops, sport try-outs, Aboriginal dances and music, bush food cooking demonstrations, fitness workshops and much more!
Find out how you finished and see our top winners across the events from previous years - 10km, 5km and 2km races.
This year the 2019 Father's Day WARRIOR Run honours Juan Darwin, Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP) Graduate number 3. Juan is from the remote location of Maningrida in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Juan has three children, and expecting a fourth this year!
Juan became one of the first ever Indigenous Australians to complete the New York City Marathon when selected as one of the four Indigenous runners selected by Rob de Castella to take on the epic challenge to run a marathon. Joseph Davies, Caleb Hart and Charlie Maher were the three other runners who crossed the finish line and created history by being the first graduates of the Indigenous Marathon Project.
In the remote community of Maningrida, the area is only accessible by permit and not accessible by road during the wet season. At least 10 different languages are spoken in the area. Shortly after being selected in the Project, Juan temporarily moved to Darwin to focus on his marathon training and used his son, Tyson as inspiration while training. Juan finished the marathon in a time of 4 hours 50 minutes. Juan is a natural born leader and an integral part of building IMP's presence in Maningrida encouraging two other runners to apply and achieve selection in the program.
Juan currently works with Sport and Recreation in Maningrida and will shortly be starting the Maningrida Deadly Running Group, because he is committed to making his community healthy and safe, using running.
Juan Darwin - Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate #3