running to america

Four Indigenous youth face the challenge of a lifetime - to compete in the world’s most famous race, the New York Marathon.

programme information


1 x 60'

Production Company

Cordell Jigsaw Productions and Goodoil Films





Episode Information

Running to America is a story of pure inspiration. Four young Indigenous men from the Australian Outback are plucked from obscurity by marathon legend Robert de Castella to run the world’s most famous race, the New York Marathon. He’s convinced that Indigenous Australians have a natural talent for distance running – but have never been given the chance to excel. The four men come from isolated communities in Arnhem Land, the Kimberley and the Central Desert. They are cut off from the everyday opportunities that modern youth take for granted. Now these young men are thrown into a brutal eight-month training regime to teach them how to run distance. Their grand ambitions finally play out on the streets of New York. But will the four runners even complete the race, let alone excel? Will they overcome the challenges in their lives and make it to the finish line? Running to America is an original, uplifting story about dreams and ambitions.

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