The birth of a movement

The Deadly Runners began in 2014 with a small committed group from Queanbeyan NSW. Wanting to give mob the opportunity to experience how running made her feel and changed her life, founder Georgia Weir volunteered to coach locals to run 5km. Training consistently 3 days a week, they achieved their goals and inspired a grassroots movement that continues today.

Meet Georgia

Running has had a profound impact on me. I
have battled with mental health and addiction my whole life and in 2012 I tried
running as I was desperately looking for something that would help me cope and
manage… and that’s exactly what running did!

In 2013, I ran the New York Marathon after 6 months of training. This was a life-changing experience. At this point, running had such a positive impact on my mental health that I obtained my Cert IV in Fitness and Athletics Coaching and started a running group in my hometown of Queanbeyan NSW, and we called ourselves the Deadly Runners

Passion into purpose

I wanted to give mob access to free professional coaching, so they can experience the benefits of running. This was aimed at mob who were unfit, and with little to zero running experience. I took them through an 8-week walk/run program and at the end of the 8 weeks, provided participants stayed injury-free, they could run 5k non-stop. The popularity of the group grew on social media and via word of mouth. In the first year, 34 participants ran their first 5k, many also completed 10k and half marathons. In the first year, the group collectively lost 150kg.