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Marathon man

Wednesday, 10th July, 2013

Teacher and marathon runner Daniel Farrugia is pounding the pavement for a reason. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt Teacher and marathon runner Daniel Farrugia is pounding the pavement for a reason. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By By Kurtis J Eichler

Broken Hill’s own Marathon Man - Daniel Farrugia - is mad on running long distances.

He is also mad for helping people realise their full potential.

This year he has set out to run a series of marathons and distance events - a total of 150km - to raise money for champion runner Robert De Castella’s The Marathon Project.

De Castella selects young Aboriginal men and women from across the country to run in the New York marathon every year.

The program gives kids training and education and a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their people at the world’s most famous foot race.

Mr Farrugia - who runs five to six days week - says he hopes to raise $1000 for the project.

“I just ran the Pichi Richi marathon from Port Augusta to Quorn on the weekend and finished in the top 20.

“I am running the 30km Summit to Sea in Adelaide in a few weeks, the Adelaide marathon (42.2km) and Sydney’s City2Surf (14km) in August then the Yurrebilla ultra marathon which is 56km in September then I’ll have a few weeks rest,” Mr Farrugia said.

“The indigenous marathon project fundraising culminates at the city2surf where I will run with the Indigenous Marathon Project squad and marathon legend Robert de Castella.”

To donate to Daniel’s cause, go to http://www.fundraise.city2surf.com.au/Daniel_Farrugia281

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