Find 52: Running Clubs

We know running’s important to you. We’re runners, too.
This July, Guelph-based runner, Richard Clewes will once again run around the island of St. Lucia. The 3-day event will see runners complete 3 marathons — that’s 78 miles or just over 125km. The goal is to raise $52,000 to buy books and build school libraries. Along the route, close to 1000 students are expected to join in running 1 km relay segments!

So here’s a way you and your running club can make that passion count for thousands of kids in the developing world.

Thanks, Orangeville!

2018: Charity runs in the 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.

2017: 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.

An idea for a club’s fundraising goal
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!
If 25 members of your running club ran a 5 km challenge run, their combined distance would equal the St. Lucia route: 125 km. And if those 25 folks donated $40 each– that represents $1,000 for literacy development. Talk about going the distance for big change.

It’s not too late to be part of a great story. Run with us 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 people who’d like to go the extra mile by running with Richard each day. You choose the distance you’d like to go and then slide into a different support role for the remainder of the day. Contact us for a trip brochure. Become part of a life changing experience!

In Words & Pictures

Participating Running Clubs
Running Free Orangeville May 24 Fun Run Challenge at Island Lake $780.00


Find 52: Running Clubs


raised of $5,000 goal

Campaign concluded on Fri, July 6 2018


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More Campaigns
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.

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
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