Greencastle woman ‘Running 4 Reading’

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Alyssa Truman has trained for the May 2 Pittsburgh Half Marathon. And in the process the Greencastle woman will be “Running 4 Reading.”

Truman has never run competitively before this event, so she decided to make her running count for something. Calling it, “Running 4 Reading,” she is working with Bernice Crouse, executive director of the Franklin County Library System, to raise funds for children and young adult materials and programs at the libraries in Franklin County.

To improve her health and be an example to her children and others around her, she decided to take on the challenge of running the half marathon, which is 13.1 miles. One day while running she decided to make the training pay off in another way, and immediately thought of fundraising for the libraries.

"I came up with the idea of Running 4 Reading and immediately called Bernice Crouse." Truman said, "The idea is to get people to donate $13.10 since I will be running 13.1 miles.

“This money will be used to help supply the libraries with new stuff for the children and youth of our community. With all the budget cuts I felt it was time for us to show how much we value our libraries by giving back to them."

Donate by going to Truman’s fundraising page at There is also a link to her page from

Truman's goal is to get 100 people to donate $13.10 or more each for a total of at least $1,310.

“Alyssa has been a great Usborne book vendor for us, giving us some wonderful free books.  Now, in our time of financial need, she very generously wants to give us something more, cash to support our children's departments.  We really appreciate all the physical work she is putting into this endeavor!” said Crouse.

“I know she also hopes to inspire other library supporters who run to do the same thing. We are very grateful.”