Our board is made up of a small, dedicated team of volunteers who bring a wealth of experience with them. They are professional people who passionately support The Run Beyond Project through the donation of their time, resources and expertise.

Meet some of the people who are helping Run Beyond run!!


Founder, David Crinti is a high school ESL teacher at Chester Hill High School and has had previous experience working at their Intensive English Centre and as part of the Refugee Transition Program which focuses on the effective
transitioning of refugee students into the high school environment.

David is a long standing member of the running community, having been involved with clubs such as the Sydney Striders, Sydney Marathon Clinic and The Australian Ultra Runners’ Association over the past 20 years. He is an experienced runner, having performed at an elite level over the past decade, with several marathon wins under his belt. Recently, David ran a Commonwealth Games qualifying time and personal best of 2:17:57 at the 2017 Berlin Marathon. He has a community coaching qualification and mentors a number of athletes.



Jemma Rowe is a recreational runner, mother and a big believer in giving all young Australians the opportunity to be their best. Jemma works at the Australian Sports Commission and has a keen interest in the role of sport in education, health and youth development. Joining the Run Beyond Project in 2016, with a background in corporate governance, Jemma works behind the scenes helping the project with strategy, compliance and administration.



Lisa Smajlov brings 17 years of experience working with families in need in neighbourhood centres and frontline agencies to The Run Beyond Project.  Her community development work has also spanned housing, domestic and family violence, and much more.

“As a ‘data nerd’ I have a passion for unpacking data and finding the threads of stories the sources can reveal,” Lisa says.

“I can’t wait to contribute to The Run Beyond Project’s’ vision and see children thrive within this safe, strong and supportive program and watch them grow with their communities.”



Andy has 25 years of running and corporate experience, has served on local charity boards and is a big believer in the power of volunteering and mentoring, with a particular passion for sport and recreation.

Andy has been a keen runner for over 25 years and loves tackling a variety of distances from 5km parkruns to 240km ultra marathons. Andy is a regular attendee at community running events but loves the mental and physical challenge of the longer races and has run too many marathons to count! He has represented Australia six times in the IAU 100km World Championships and broke the Australian Male 45-50 age group record for 50km. Andy holds a community athletics coaching qualification and is a firm believer in the positive impact of exercise on school students.



Heather is a dedicated public high school teacher, a Level 3 athletics coach, a keen runner and participant in adventure races, a mother of two sporty kids and a long term, major supporter of Run Beyond. 

 Heathers passion for equality and principles of social justice saw her implement the first supporter school for Run Beyond a number of years ago, with that school now providing extensive support of the Project annually.

As well as being a vocal and proactive supporter of Run Beyond, Heather is a dedicated runner and you’ll often see her out with her faithful corgis running by her side! 

simon wolnizer

With a broad range of experience in remuneration, management consulting, professional music, personal training and running event announcing, Simon applies a unique skill set and perspective to both his paid and volunteer work and his role as a Run Beyond Board Member.
A professional trumpet player and avid marathon runner, Simon has a rare level of focus, discipline and resilience in everything he does.  He not only acts on the Run Beyond Board but is a very active volunteer of the Project, managing relationships with some of our major supporters. 


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What people are saying

I have seen that the Run Beyond Project has improved all participants’ confidence and self-esteem and has allowed them to set goals that they may never have done before.
Mel, Westfield Sports High School
– Teacher

Throughout this journey we’ve been given opportunities I never would have thought of having before. I’ve made friendships and unforgettable memories; accomplished goals; received awesome freebies; and met some very inspirational people.
Marissa, Evans High School
– Run Beyond Graduate

t’s something that I will always talk about and … that I recommend other people to try because it changed my perspective on the world.
Mohamed, Chester Hill High School
– Run Beyond Graduate


The Run Beyond project is a charity which uses running as a medium to help students facing adversity; through the project they learn goal setting, commitment, resilience and feel a sense of belonging.

Reg charity: 66613492005