When you go the extra mile, dreams happen. Sometimes all that’s needed is a little encouragement.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Literacy is a road that connects people and communities to new possibilities. Every year in St. Lucia we hold a 198 km relay around the island to give kids a chance to write a never page in their lives. In 2017, Ontario students are also running relays to support the right to read no matter where you live! Here’s how your school can get involved!
YEAR ONE: FEBRUARY 6 & 7, 2015 IN GRENADA.
It so happens 52 miles gets you all the way around Grenada.
After driving to schools delivering books, Richard Clewes wondered if he could run all of Grenada – a distance equivalent to two marathons. Thanks to extraordinary training by friend Renée Holden, Richard was able to answered the question in the affirmative a year later. Fifty-two people acted as a “mile captains” and raised $40,000. Here’s the full story from Canadian Running magazine and CTV National News.
YEAR TWO: JANUARY 15 – 18, 2016 IN ST. LUCIA.
A new island and double the distance!
After Grenada, Richard persuaded Jake Holden, a Canadian Snowcross Olympian, to join him in St. Lucia for a four day “jog.” Along the route, students expressed a very vocal desire to jump in. Their enthusiasm was hard to ignore – as Year Three proved. Here’s the full story from Canadian Running magazine and a set of :52 second videos of the experience.
YEAR THREE: JULY 3 – 7, 2017 IN ST. LUCIA.
We take a giant step: students start a national relay.
Thanks to St. Lucia Olympian Verneta Lesforis we were able to invite schools to join in the 2017 run. Anthony of Soufriere was one of 1,000 students who joined Richard and the team from Canada. Year Three added a day and netted $52,000 to purchase books for Rainforest of Reading and school libraries. It also inspired educators in Ontario like Robin Todd in Guelph to run relays of their own.
July 2018 we’re doing it all again. If you’re a runner with a passion to make a difference in the world, come with us. If you’re a school in Ontario, why not run your own relay?