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The pure appiness of running

A new running app—being touted as the first of its kind—is  connecting Indigenous communities across Australia.

The app has been developed by the Australian arm of global IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services with a team of Indigenous runners backed by marathon great Robert de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Foundation.

The IMF Deadly Running Connect app was launched this month at the National Deadly Fun Run Championships at Uluru.

Developed in Android and IOS, the app allows group leaders to track individual runners and also allows runners to track, share records and compare times against other runners in their group.

It also offers coaching tips for different skill levels of runners.

“We have worked closely with the IMF on developing this new app with a joint view it can help grow a culture of running and well-being of Indigenous people in remote communities,” TCS Australia and New Zealand head of marketing and communications Kelly Ryan said.

“We know how technology opens the door to empower remote communities and how good use of technology can accelerate participation in an amazing project like IMF.”

De Castella said the app is an opportunity for individual runners to be part of an online running community and gives people in remote areas access to coaches, training plans and support.

Wendy Cacetta

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