Join us in running for recovery.

Our Kaupapa. To increase health, wellbeing and connection. Supporting recovery from addiction and mental distress through the vehicle of running.

Health & Wellbeing

Supporting individuals in recovery to access exercise in a safe and inclusive environment.

Participation &




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Our Story

In 2017 a group of residents from the Odyssey House men’s programme wanted to run.

Supported by Anna Christophorou and Stephanie Schnoor, the group ran twice a week and named themselves ‘The Speed Freaks.’

In 2020 we established Speed Freaks Charitable Trust to share the magic of the Speed Freaks and the positive impacts of ‘running for recovery’

Working Together

Our Programme is at no cost to providers, and is available to communities and organisations in Ōtautahi and Tāmaki Makaurau.

We work with you to incorporate the Speed Freaks programme aligning with treatment goals and supporting reintegration. Volunteer coaches are matched with your service and develop long term relationships, supporting individual health and wellbeing.


People supported by the Speed Freaks


Volunteer Coaches


Peer Volunteers supporting groups

Community Events Waiver

Taking part in a Speed Freaks social event recognises that participation in running and walking is a potentially hazardous activity and you are aware of all risks associated with such participation, including, but not limited to, falls; contact with other participants, spectators, or others, or vehicular or other traffic; the effects of the weather, including heat and/or humidity, wind, cold, and wet or slippery surfaces; falling tree branches or other overhead objects; and the crowded nature and other conditions of the course, all such risks being known and appreciated by participants. By taking part you assume personal responsibility of any potential risks and hazards.

Our Board

Our philosophy is simple — hire a team of diverse, passionate people and foster a

culture that empowers you to do you best work.