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The Dead Runners Society is a world-wide email discussion group for people who like to talk about running. The group is informal and social and we all try to encourage each other in our running programs. We talk about everything related to running, from meditation to marathons. (See a description of the dead runners in the form of a song).
The DeadRooz is a regional list mainly composed of Australian runners, but not necessarily, mainly discussing various aspects of running in Australia, but not necessarily.
One of the main reasons for its existence is so that day to day discussions relating to Australia are not drowned out by the high volume (almost 100+ posts per day) on the "biglist".
It is not designed to replace the biglist, but to complement it.
The Dead Runners Society was named after the film "Dead Poets Society", which had "Carpe Diem" (seize the day) as it's motto. The dead runners amended this to "Carpe Viam" (seize the road) which is pretty apt.
DeadRooz stands for "Dead Runners of Australia" It is meant to show some allegiance to roadkill, for which this country is famous. This was first written down in an email by Margaret Smith, whose wisdom we will be eternally grateful for.
It is highly likely that the first Australian "dead" was Guy Griffin. You old stiff !
David Couper (The Ancyent Marath'ner) was the first list-god from October 1997 till July 1998 when he moved to North Carolina, somehwere in Middle America. From July 1998 to Jan 2001, Kevin Tiller was list-god. From January 2001, the duty has been handled by Phil Essam who can probably answer any of your questions.
Being an email group, and dispersed, we don't often see each other. A tradition within the Dead Runners is "An Encounter" where we physically meet up, most usually before, during, or after a race. Here are some we've had :
Canberra Marathon, April 1996
The Tranchmontagne Encounter, late 1996
Sydney 2000 - Host City Marathon Pasta Meal
Daniel Green - Daniel is probably the slowest member of the group ...
Kevin Tiller - Kevin thinks he's a runner ...
Sean Greenhill - never writes to the list ...
Phil Essam - "The man from Adelaide".