Speed Freaks - running for recovery.

Speed Freaks - running for recovery.

Supporting the delivery and development of The Speed Freaks programme. Growing connection and recovery capital.


The magic of the Speed Freaks and our mantra of running for recovery has reached beyond individual recovery and into the community. Our communities share in our kaupapa with stories of courage and achievement – cheering us on, through laughter, tears and high fives.

Starting in 2017 with a group of residents and staff from Odyssey House Christchurch the development of the programme and growing impact led to the establishment of The Speed Freaks Charity in 2021.

Providing a programme of running and walking for recovery achieving the outcomes of;

Health & Wellbeing

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

Participation & Inclusion

To support participation in local and national groups and running events, creating opportunities to engage with communities and build recovery capital.

Connecting Community

To acknowledge and address, through the vehicle of running and walking, the barriers that are present for those with addiction and mental distress. Supporting new connections and understanding in their local communities.

Pay It Forward

Each Speed Freaks member is encouraged to pay forward the support they have received through the programme. Mentoring others and sharing their wisdom of lived experience through peer support.

More about us

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

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