Established April 14 1897
Organised athletics began in Essendon in 1897 with the formation of the Essendon Harriers on the 14th of April. Essendon Harriers quickly developed into one of the strongest clubs, winning Victorian Championships most years. Two of the greatest Australian champions of the first decade of the 20th century were Essendon athletes Greg ‘Dad’ Wheatley and Alex Stillwell. Wheatley became the club’s first Olympian competing in Athens in 1906.