Runners brave cold temperatures for Run to Read half marathon


For the 13th year in a row, runners geared up to tackle the Run to Read Half Marathon at Prickett’s Fort State Park on Sunday morning, despite the colder than average temperatures. 

This is one of two fundraisers held every year to support the Literacy Volunteers of Marion County.

“The main mission is to teach people how to read,” said Chris Ruberto with the Literacy Volunteers of Marion County. “Whether it be young or old. You’d be surprised how many people in the community that are older that cannot read. They cannot read a prescription bottle or a note from their child’s teacher or instructions on a manual. It’s great to have the old, as well as the young come out and take advantage of our services.”

The services are free to the public.

In it’s 13 year history, the race has never been canceled and has only been postponed once.

“I love the winter half marathon and I’ve said this to several people, and the reason being, the people that are here, are here because they want to run and it’s just really neat,” said Kay Nesselrotte. “They are very motivated, very energetic, very eager to get out there and run and come back and have chili. It means a lot to me. I like this much better than a lot of things that I’ve done. It’s a lot of fun. And they don’t seem to mind the cold at all.”

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