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Number of participants double for 2nd annual Run for Reading

By Staff | Oct 28, 2010

Diego Correador took first place in the Run for Reading.

On Saturday, South Seas Island Resort hosted the second annual Run for Reading 5k and an aquathlon in effort to raise money for Literacy Volunteers of Lee County (LVLC).

“There were more runners than last year, and we also had more South Seas associates running this year. We were very excited with the turnout,” said South Seas Managing Director Rick Hayduk.

“It was very successful. We all had a great time — and we even recruited two tutors!” said LVLC Executive Director Tess Murphy.

The event, sponsored by Internal Medicine Associates of Lee County and organized by The Run Shoppe in Fort Myers, drew about 150 runners from Lee County and beyond to the resort to help LVLC continue its mission.

“Literacy Volunteers of Lee County is an organization that hits home with us because their volunteers conducted our English as a Second Language classes here, from which 11 South Seas employees have graduated,” Hayduk said.

Literacy Volunteers of Lee County Board of Directors Rachel Cooke, Douglas Harrison, Amy Breault and Executive Director Tess Murphy.

Hayduk mentioned a particular South Seas employee who used to be very quiet and keep to herself. But after the classes, started asking people to speak English with her so she could practice.

“You could see her walking a little taller, which is why Literacy Volunteers of Lee County are so spectacular in their efforts. This is one of those events that we host, but we also directly benefit from,” Hayduk said. “LVLC Executive Director Tess Murphy and her team are really wonderful people and we’ve already requested to host the event next year.”

“The staff at South Seas was fabulous. They were knowledgeable and helpful and as excited about the event as we were. We look forward to doing it again next year,” Murphy said.

Literacy Volunteers of Lee County is a nonprofit agency that provides adult literacy programs through trained volunteers in Lee County. For more information about the organization or how you can help, go to www.leeadultliteracy.com.

Eleven-year-old Santiago Corredor, placed twelfth overall and won first in his age group. His father, Diego, won the entire race.

Graciela Jackson and Kristin Current cross the finish line.

Emily Orsini gleefully crosses the finish line.