The Running & Reading Project

Photo by  Ben White  on  Unsplash

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash


The Start2Finish Running & Reading Club weekly after-school program is a 32-week companion program to the Backpack Program. It effectively addresses the need for enhanced literacy and physical activity among economically challenged children in the communities it services. Start2Finish currently has 47 Running & Reading Club programs successfully operating from coast to coast and we are right on target to reach our goal of 50 clubs by 2019. 

The Running & Reading Club Program takes place directly within local schools, and runs for two hours one day per week from October to June. The program culminates in the Start2Finish 5K Running & Reading Challenge and an awards ceremony recognizing each child’s achievement at the end of the school year.

Kids are encouraged over the summer to continue working on their fitness and literacy. Each child is given a fun take-home fitness plan that the whole family can participate in, as well as an age-appropriate book.

This program advocates for the mentorship of Canadian children across the nation and includes fitness, education, and nutritional literacy. As an impactful and influential peice of the Pathway, your sponsorship will make an immense impact.