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Running for a cause

02/11/2022 |

Update: Since this article was published, Bree ran alongside 50,000 people in the worlds biggest marathon in New York City completing it in an amazing time of 5:50:39.


Bree Yarran, second year UWA Juris Doctor student, has been selected to run in the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday 6 November 2022.  

The TCS New York City Marathon is the world’s largest marathon, with a 42-kilometre course that runs through the five boroughs of New York City.

Bree’s mission through running is to inspire others to make healthy lifestyle choices.

I wanted to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to, and in the hopes of doing so, to inspire others, particularly other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders youth. Personally, running has improved my physical and mental health so much.Close up image of person standing in desert

Bree is a Noongar woman of the Whadjuk, Balladong and Waagyl Kaip language groups, and after learning about the Stolen Generations and the harsh laws that affected her family, Bree has been determined to find out how else laws can negatively affect people through studying UWA’s Juris Doctor.

Balancing my studies in the JD with training can be challenging. I’ve learnt to schedule my days and always plan for the unexpected. Knowing the sense of accomplishment I’ll feel when I finish the JD and the Marathon, makes it all worthwhile.

Bree is also proud member of The Indigenous Marathon Foundation (IMF), a health promotion charity which celebrates Indigenous resilience and achievement through running. One of IMF’s initiatives is The Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP).  

Damian Tuck, Head Coach at The IMP, was pleased to watch Bree qualify for the New York City Marathon."Bree has impressed us so much with her dedication to her training, while at the same time, managing her UWA studies, family and community commitments".

Bree was selected for the TCS New York City Marathon following a successful 30km run in Alice Springs in September.  

“Running on Arrernte country was so special and emotional. I felt so strong and proud to be a part of such a special run” 

The TCS New York City Marathon will be Bree’s first ever marathon. She will be running a total of 40-50kms per week over 5 days of training in the lead up to the November event. In addition to running, Bree will be continuing her strength training two to three times per week.  

“It is so rewarding to know that NYC will be the next finish line I cross, not only for me but for my family and community.”  

Professor Natalie Skead, Dean and Head of the UWA Law School, congratulates Bree on her hard work and endurance.

Bree's selection to run the New York City Marathon is yet another example of her courage, tenacity and gut-busting hard work in relentlessly pursuing success and excellence in all that she does. The Law School is so proud of Bree and will be cheering her along every step of the way.


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