FIND 52 THOUSAND: THE ROAD TO READING NATIONAL RELAY
July 2 – 6, 2018.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
GRENADA: FEBRUARY 6 & 7, 2015.
How did Find 52 get started?
What better way to create awareness for literacy’s extreme benefits than to run back-to-back marathons? It so happens 52 miles gets you all the way around Grenada. Richard’s run in 2015 raised $40,000 for OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation’s annual reading festivals and book donation programs. “Find 52” originally referred to 52 Mile Captains but it describes 52 of just about anything. We use it for all our campaigns, running or not. Here’s the full story from Canadian Running magazine and CTV National News.
St. LUCIA: JANUARY 15 – 18, 2016.
The run evolves: Find 52X2
In January 2016, Richard ran around St. Lucia. This time, he went for four days, a distance of 4 marathons – with Jake Holden, a Canadian Olympian and two St. Lucian elite runners. Along the way school children cheered and expressed a desire to jump in. Their enthusiasm was hard to restrain. Here’s the full story from Canadian Running magazine and a set of seven :52 second videos describing the experience.
St. LUCIA: JULY 3 – 7, 2017.
This year: Find 52 Thousand
Thousands of St. Lucians – including students, parents and teachers – took steps to improve the future: they ran in a 198KM relay. The Road to Reading links St. Lucia in a rough circle and took ﬁve days to complete. The goal was to raise $52,000 to purchase books for the Rainforest of Reading and school libraries. Participants donated EC$5, ran 2KM segments, then passed their batons to the next team on the relay route. By increasing awareness of the need for literacy, thousands of St. Lucians, young and old, have writen a new chapter in the story of their country.
Literacy is a road that connects people and communities to new possibilities.
When you go the extra mile, anything is possible. And that’s the point of Find 52 Thousand. Running a relay of 198 km shows students you can have a big dream if you take the steps to make it happen. Click here to learn about the different ways you can support Find 52 Thousand. You’ll also discover what that Really Big Shoe is all about.