Find 52: Run Away For Good


We’re runners, too!
March 2020 will be the fourth year that other runners have joined Richard Clewes to circumnavigate the island of St. Lucia. The goal is to raise $52,000 to buy books and build school libraries. Along the route, close to 1000 students will once again join the fun by running 1 km relay segments!

The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart.
Bill Bowerman
Track and Field Coach and Co-Founder of Nike, Inc.

Runners and Clubs: Make that passion for running really count

If 40 members of your running club ran a 5 km challenge run, their combined distance would equal the distance around St. Lucia: 198 km. That’s just under 5 marathons! And if those 40 runners donated just $10 each– that represents $400 for literacy development. Talk about going the distance for big change.

Let us know if your club is interested in hosting a 5 km challenge.” We’d be happy to bring along a Very Big Shoe to collect donations at your event!

Latest Running Club Event

Amy Rounding, Boston Marathoner and RBC Finacial employee in Erin, ON is really rounding’ up some friends and fellow runners at the Running Free store in Orangeville on May 30, 2019 from 6 – 7 pm. A fun 8K run, walk or ride will help build better school libraries in St. Lucia. Suggested donation is $10 — with all proceeds going to OneWorld Schoolhouse to purchase more books for kids. All abilities welcome.

Thanks, Runners!

Charity runs in the Orangeville Running Free family.
Over 50 running club members and their families showed their support for reading programmes by running, walking and cycling 5K and 10K loops at beautiful Island Lake Conservation Area on Thursday, May 24. Owners Jodi McNeill and Norm Nadon led enthusiastic contingents who raised $780 for OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation – talk about getting a run for your money! Thanks to everyone who spread the word and made this event such a success.

Guelph Victors ran away with best club honours
The Turfgrass Institute provided the ideal landscape for a fun 5.1 km challenge run. Over 30 club members turned out to give ten bucks – and several gave more – into the Really Big Running Shoe. The event was timed and even more importantly, catered with four varieties of homemade cookies. Thanks to organizers Kelly Rupoli, Michelle Brady and Robin Todd for a splendid event for which we are very grateful. You can see pictures of the evening below, which raised a total of $605.

Why not consider running with us in St. Lucia?

We need volunteers who love to run! We need road crew members to help organize student runners along the course; we need Rabbits’ for the kids to follow behind the elite and long distance runners; we need Turtles’ to encourage the back of the pack; we need people who’d like to go the extra mile by running with Richard each day. We need you! You choose the distance you’d like to go and then slide into a different support role for the remainder of each day. Lace up your shoes for a life changing experience! Why not contact us for a trip brochure?

In Words & Pictures

Participating Running Clubs
Running Free Orangeville and RBC  2019: Fun Run, Walk or Cycle $1200.00
Running Free Orangeville 2018: Fun Run Challenge at Island Lake $780.00
Guelph Victors 2017: Fun 5K Challenge $605.00


Find 52: Run Away For Good


raised of $2,000 goal

Campaign concluded on Tue, March 31 2020


% raised

More Campaigns
Finding the way for Fundraising
Olympian Jake Holden and Richard Clewes survey the route for Find 52 in January 2016. The duo were joined by St. Lucian Olympic athletes and members of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.

A road is a song, a poem, a movie, an adventure. It's hope and optimism, and inquisitiveness.

The Angry Isle
International Literacy Day 2016
Soufrière Primary ran a relay on September 8, 2016 to celebrate reading. The event was filmed as part of the "run-up" to our first Find 52 Thousand campaign in 2017. Over 1,000 students from grade 3-12 ran 1 mile segments right around St. Lucia.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein
Fundraising is an Uphill Battle
In January 2015, I ran 52 miles in Grenada. Let me dismiss athletic motives; it so happens 52 miles gets you all the way around the island. I did it for money – $40,000 – all of which went to OneWorld Schoolhouse. CTV National news ran the story on May 25, 2015 and so began Find 52.

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

James Thurber
Find 52 started in Grenada
52 miles gets you right around this small, beautiful island. Companions on the second day included: Philip Clift from Petite Anse Hotel, an enthusiastic young boy and one very fit dog named "Dodgy".

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.