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.
The outcomes we work to achieve
Connection and Community
Speed Freaks Magic
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’
Supported by our volunteers, Speed Freaks runners and walkers have participated in multiple community events, distances from 5 km to ultra marathons. We have developed friendships and made new connections in inclusive and safe environments, growing recovery capital and supporting sustained change.
‘’I feel proud and positive, I am part of something”
“its changed my life”
People supported by the Speed Freaks
Volunteer coaches recruited
Impact reporting coming soon
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.
We will work with you to organise running gear, race entries, and overcome barriers to access should we meet them. We liaise with local suppliers and the running community to develop sustainable long-term relationships that support us.