Hastings Secondary College Clontarf Director Charlie Maher will join runners from all 50 USA states and more than 100 countries around the world, as he sets out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, Charlie will be amongst runners of the 41st Chicago Marathon who will make their way through the 42.2km (26.2 miles) course.

Charlie is thrilled to be amongst a field of elite athletes including Olympic Gold Medalist and Two-Time Triathlon World Champion Gwen Jorgensen who will also be part of the race. The race will include elite athletes, race veterans, debut marathoners and charity runners. 

The race’s iconic course takes runners through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of Chicago. Annually, an estimated 1.7 million spectators line the streets cheering on more than 40,000 competitors.

Today Clontarf Academy students Rylan, Noah, and Ethan presented Charlie with a good luck gift to wish him well in the upcoming race.

Under the mentorship of Rob de Castella's Indigenous Marathon Foundation Charlie became active in the foundation. 

In 2010 four Indigenous runners created history as the first to run in the world's biggest marathon - the New York Marathon. College Clontarf Director Charlie Maher was one of those four.

Charlie has also competed in the New York Marathon. He went on to finish marathon's in Boston, Tokyo, and Berlin. Charlie has a love of running and loves helping people.

"Charlie has been a great role model for many people. He started the IMF running group in Port Macquarie that trains three times per week and has over 200 members. He encourages everyone to have a healthy active lifestyle" said Noah.

Noah added "Because of Charlie's leadership we have been part of running events in Sydney, Forster, and Uluru.

Ryan thanked Charlie for his encouragement and assisting in the development of the Port Macquarie-Hastings community health and fitness. "He is such a wonderful role model for the whole community and to the Clontarf boys - we are proud of our heritage."

On behalf of the College, we wish Charlie the best of luck in Chicago.