Find 52: Grenada

WORD IS GETTING AROUND

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. Read on for the details or watch the CTV National news story that ran on May 25, 2015.

Literacy is a lifelong journey – a road to reading.” We realized if we could make that metaphor a real place maybe there was a way to put donors in the shoes of those in the Caribbean. Grabbing a map of Grenada, we examined the two lane highway that threads though the country. It’s what everyone depends on, especially kids going to school. We measured it: 52 miles. Getting 52 people to run the route might be challenging but if one person did all the running maybe we could find 52 literary advocates or Captains.” I volunteered to strap on some shoes while the two of us made a long list of friends and families. Soon, we found 52 people of different backgrounds but a common belief in the power of words. Invariably, our Captains reported being read to as kids; most recalled their favourite story. Several went so far as to say reading gave them a sense of mastery over their vision of their future. Most importantly, they all volunteered to find 52 more people to contribute.
After creating a campaign website and a series of small, provocative messages on the foundation’s FaceBook page we did the math. If we could get 193 people per mile to contribute $52, the result would be $520,000 – enough to support all programs in four countries for five years. On Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, I ran the entire island. As far as I know no one has ever done that. I am running 104 miles on January 15, 2016 in St. Lucia.

I ran Grenada in 11 hours 45 minutes on Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, 2015. But the road to reading goes on to St. Lucia next year. On Friday, January 15, 2016 I’ll run a complete circuit of that island on roads and through the rainforest – 104 miles over three days.

Running is the easy part. Finding $52 is a little harder. I hope you’ll consider making a donation and become part of a great story.


In Words & Pictures


2015

Find 52: Grenada

$39,055

raised of $52,000 goal

Campaign concluded on Sat, February 7 2015

75

% raised

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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.

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Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.

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

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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