It speaks volumes of both the positive impact of Run Beyond and the generous spirit of our volunteer teachers that so many walked away from our recent Teacher Training Day using words such as “excited” and “can’t wait” to refer to their feelings about a program that they will be implementing in their own time.

The event, on Friday, 26 March was the third annual training day, and it equipped 12 teachers from 9 schools with the knowledge and capabilities to implement The Run Beyond Project in their settings.

Representatives from Coonamble High School, Gorokan High School, Lightning Ridge High School, Northlakes High School, Orara High School, Penola Catholic College, Riverstone High School and The Ponds High School attended the day, and gained an understanding of the historical development of Run Beyond and the entire process of the program from student selection, through commencement and implementation of the practical and theoretical components, to the Goal Race, graduation and evaluation.

Teachers, stakeholders and Run Beyond directors at the Teacher Training Day, 2021.

Numerous stakeholders including  Bruce Inglis from the Sydney Striders, Renee Pilley from our Here to Be partner lululemon, Suzanne Kelly from the Kelly Family Foundation, also attended the day to gain a greater insight into the program and to network with our teachers. Directors Jonothan Fletcher of Running Science and David Hazlewood from Knightswood House talked briefly too, giving everyone present further insight into how behind-the-scenes work has a great impact at the student level.

Feedback from all guests and teachers was overwhelmingly positive, with guest stakeholders commenting on the “enthusiasm from the teachers”. Grant Clowes of Northlakes High School exclaimed “we are excited to get things started.” Lauren Davis of Gulgong also stated “I am really excited about the program this year,” and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to network with others implementing in 2021.

Expert advice on injury prevention and management was provided by Pete Colagiuri from Bioathletic, our physiotherapy partner. Participants all agreed they learnt a lot from his “brilliant” advice, which we have been fortunate to have since the program’s inception.

We were also fortunate to have our photography partner, Paul McMillan, attend and take some high-quality snaps. Paul has been a great asset since joining the Run Beyond team last year and we look forward to working with him more in future.

Maximus International generously provided the perfect venue for the event at their Sydney headquarters on Jones Bay Wharf, for which we are extremely grateful.

With the training now behind us, look forward to some exciting stories in the near future as our inspired teachers inspire some wonderful young people to go beyond.

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David Criniti

David Criniti

Founder and Director - The Run Beyond Project

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 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.