Celebrate the men in your life this Father’s Day!
This year we are excited to announce a partnership with parkrun Australia. All parkruns around the country held on Saturday 2 September will be known as 'WARRIOR parkruns'.
This fantastic initiative acknowledges the inclusive, fun community and culture that embodies parkrun and the purpose of WARRIOR Run. To be part of the WARRIOR parkrun, simply register with parkrun Australia, and attend a parkrun of your choice on Saturday 2 September - it's that easy! If you wish to purchase an exclusive WARRIOR Run medal please click the link above.
The main event - Father’s Day WARRIOR Fun Run in Sydney's Centennial Park - will be held on Sunday 3 September and is open to people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to celebrate great men. Distances include a 2km kids’ dash through to a 10km run.
The event also offers an opportunity for a unique Indigenous cultural experience, with traditional music and entertainment providing an unforgettable atmosphere. Participants will be invited to wear some Indigenous themed face paint markings (paint provided!).
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.
Click the links above to register for the WARRIOR parkrun on Saturday 2 September OR the Father's Day WARRIOR Run on Sunday 3 September (or register for both!)
This proud Torres Strait Island man was IMP’s first male athlete from Thursday Island.
Harold Matthew is a husband, proud father of two young daughters, and a 2014 IMP Graduate. Since completing the New York City Marathon in 2014, Harold also completed the Gold Coast and Honolulu Marathons in 2015 and in 2017 he became the first Indigenous Australian to finish the London Marathon.
Harold has made a significant impact on Thursday Island, establishing the Thursday Island Deadly Runners group with fellow 2014 IMP Graduate and Thursday Island local, Elsie Seriat. TI Deadly Runners has started a running revolution on the island and in 2015 the first ever running festival was held on TI – the TI Running Festival (TIRF) – which attracted approximately 200 locals.
Prior to Harold and Elsie’s involvement with IMP, no-one on TI ran; football was the sport of choice. Now, it’s a running island with many locals inspired to participate in races of all distances from 5km right through to marathons.
We are proud to announce Harold as the WARRIOR to feature on this year’s medal.