While our scholarships are open for everyone to apply, we ultimately want to support the palawa community, and people who's lives could be transformed by the journey. Two places are dedicated for Aboriginal community members, and we highly encourage the following people to also apply: refugee and new migrant community members, anyone struggling to make ends meet, students, people who might be a little lost or are struggling in life for whatever reason.
Your journey from 5km to kMR can also inspire many others to step out on to the trails. We’re seeking people who will welcome sharing your kMR scholarship journey with the community via our camera’s and media channels.
What does the scholarship include?
- 5-month specific trail run training program
- Entry to kunanyi Trail Series (February 2024)
- Entry to either kMR2024 Mountain Run 25km or Ultra Solo 67km
- Scholarship group skills training sessions with kunanyi
- Entries to kMR2024 Training Camps (January 2024)
- 2 x weekly strength sessions at Kieser
- Potential support with running gear from our partners
- kMR merch pack
- Be a resident of Tasmania and have capacity to travel to kunanyi for the sessions, camps, and events
- Be at least 17 years old (as of 30 September)
- Be able to jog 5km
- Be comfortable to share your story – captured by kMR and shared via kMR channels (eg, social media, email newsletter, and mainstream media)
Process and timeline
- 8 October: Applications open
- 25 October: Applications close
- 28 October: Interviews and trial run with kunanyi
- 30 October: Scholarship recipients announced
pakana woman Jackie Goudy was the first recipient of kMR’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Runner Scholarships in 2022 and says that kMR is “now part of my story”.
She returned in 2023 and set herself the toughest of challenges: running the Vertical Kilometre on Friday afternoon, before backing it up with the extremely tough Ultra 67km (Solo) on Saturday and finishing on Sunday with the easier Foothills 9km.
“Combining the challenge of Vertical Kilometre, the Ultra Solo and the Foothills 9km is too good to say no to. But it's not just the 'challenge'. It's opportunity to explore, succeed and get out on country,” she said.
“This event gets me dreaming of the country we belong to, strengthens connection, creates new connections. The people, the land, the water, the sky. I am pakana, an islander, strengthened by belonging to this land and my ancestors. Take time to acknowledge this connection and you will feel it around and within you.”