Arrernte woman Morgan Lane has travelled to Greece, the birthplace of marathons, to compete in her first 42-kilometre event — and show other women they can do the same.
The runner from Central Australia was selected as a squad member of this year’s Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), which trains First Nations people for long-distance running and equips them to become agents of change in their communities.
Speaking after the Athens Marathon, Ms Lane said she was still on “a massive high” after completing the race in just over six hours.
“[I’m feeling] really happy, really accomplished, and like I can do anything,” she said.
“It was a bit hot out there, but … I just kept … hydrating with water bottles, and got it done.
“My sole goal for my run was to finish and to not stop moving, and I achieved that.”
Over the course of six months, the Arrernte woman trained alongside nine other young Indigenous men and women from around the nation in the lead-up to the race.
She said she was motivated to apply to IMP by previous graduates of the program.
“I’d seen what they have and what they’re made of,” she said.
“They’re amazing leaders and inspirational people, and I want to be like that.
“They say ‘hang around who you want to be like’, and that’s what I do.”
Ms Lane, who works at a sexual assault referral centre in Alice Springs, said she wanted to inspire women around her to achieve their goals.
“My job is tough, but very rewarding,” she said.
“What I want to show other women particularly, is that it doesn’t matter your background or your size, or where you come from.
“If you want to do something, you can do that, and I feel like by completing this marathon, that’s just the start.
“You can do anything that you set your mind to.”
Ms Lane said she had “already started researching” other long-distance races to compete in next.