AFTER 42.2 kilometres of pain and freezing conditions, there was only one way for Katherine runner Allirra Braun to celebrate completing one of the biggest goals of her life: by indulging in a steaming hot chocolate.
Braun took part in the iconic New York City Marathon as part of a 10-person Indigenous Marathon Project team on November 2 and was required to dig deep to overcome “relentless wind” and a maximum temperature of about four degrees.
Despite being more than 16,000km from home and surrounded by tens of thousands of other runners from across the planet, Braun crossed the finish line in a time of four hours, 21 minutes, 12 seconds.
Her time made her the quickest female IMP competitor across the line.
The marathon effort represents a remarkable transformation for Braun, who was unable to run more than 100m five months ago.
She said the experience of competing in one of the toughest marathons in the world was “indescribable”.
“Its crazy you know,” she explained.
“There’s so many different nationalities here and soon as you’re in any if the Indigenous Marathon Project gear, the Aussies are all over you.
“After I finished the race, because it was so cold, I went and got a hot chocolate.”