AFTER six months of tough training, 12 indigenous Australian athletes have earned their tickets to the New York Marathon.
Three weeks ago, the Indigenous Marathon Project squad completed its 30-kilometre time trial in Alice Springs.
The marathon, designed by Rob de Castella, saw the athletes run 30 kilometres through Alice Springs' red desert streets while dealing with harsh outback weather.
The final team to travel to New York was announced two weeks ago.
Among them is Newcastle's Carla Snow.
She is the second Novocastrian to be selected for the New York Marathon, following in Nat Heath's footsteps.
Ms Snow and her fellow teammates will train for the marathon until October 31, when they fly out of the country.
For most of these athletes, lining up with 45,000 other runners at the starting line in New York will be a long way from their tiny indigenous communities.
Some have sacrificed time with their children to take part in the project, but they have all inspired their communities to be healthier.