Find 52: Running Clubs

Guelph Victors ran away with best club honours
The Turfgrass Institute provided the ideal landscape for a fun 5.1 K 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. See pictures below.

We know running’s important to you. We’re runners, too.
This July, Guelph-based runner Richard Clewes will run 198 kms in St. Lucia, completing 4.5 marathons in 5 days. His goal is to raise $52,000 to buy books and build school libraries. Along the route, thousands of students will join him to run 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.

The Goal

The idea is simple: If 33 people run 6 kms they will also run 198 kms. If each runner finds six pledges of $52– that’s one pledge for every km – they can personally raise $312. Thirty-three runners. That’s over $10,000 for literacy development.

Let us know if your club is interested in hosting a 6 km challenge.”

By the way, as a registered Canadian charity, every dollar we receive is eligible for a CRA Tax Receipt.

Wait! Want to travel to St. Lucia to be part of a great story?

We need volunteers who love to run! Specifically, 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. Naturally, you can choose the distance you’d like to go and then slide into a different support role for the remainder of the day. 

We’ve worked out a special, reduced rate for airfare from Toronto, accommodation, all meals, plus ground transportation. 

So, take the next step

Contact us. Become part of a life changing experience!

In Words & Pictures

Participating Running Clubs
Guelph Victors Fun Run Challenge on June 22 $605.00


Find 52: Running Clubs


raised of $10,296 goal

Campaign concluded on Mon, July 31 2017


% raised

More Campaigns
Soirée en Blanc
A few years ago we ran a fun picnic that had 50-100 "flash mob" diners assemble in a secret Caledon location. The "Soiree en Blanc" fundraiser is being revived in St. Lucia, July 2017.

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.

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 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 has gone to our charity. CTV National news ran the story on May 25, 2015.

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 52x2 St. Lucia 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 Find 52 Thousand campaign. From July 3-7, 2017, students from grade 3-12 will run 1 mile segments right around St. Lucia.

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

Albert Einstein