The Cost and Benefits of Adult Education

WHY GIVE? At absolutely no cost to the students, Seeds of Literacy serves almost 1000 adults every year - people who seek a better future for themselves and their families through education. EVERY DONATION MATTERS


Here are examples of the cost to educate and where your contribution is going:

$50 = Case of paper for hundreds of algebra packets

$100 = Customized curriculum for each students needs

$250 = 25 New students registered and on the path to a better life

$500 = 125 official high school equivalency practice tests (GED)

$1000 = New laptop and software


Research provides a strong case for an increased investment in adults and adult education. These outcomes directly impact all Americans in that they contribute to a healthy economy, increase employment, reduce public assistance, and lower health care costs


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June 2, 2019

The Easter Island Marathon is right around the corner on June 2! Courtney is running 26.2 miles on Easter Island, one of the most remote inhibited islands in the world. It's more than 1,200 miles away from the closest inhabited island and 2,180 miles from Chile, the nearest large land mass. The island is 15.3 miles by 7.6 miles.

She is running to raise awareness for literacy programs. 90% of the funds contributed will go to Seeds of Literacy in Cleveland, Ohio. Our minimum goal is $1500. Read more below and click the link to donate, share or both! Thank you!


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Easter Island Marathon - Seeds of Literacy

Easter Island, also known by islanders as Rapa Nui, lies 2,300 miles from land of any significance.  A tiny speck in the middle of the South Pacific, the island is roughly triangular in shape with its rocky shores.  A Chilean territory since 1888, Easter Island has a population of 4,000 who live primarily in Hanga Roa, the island’s only town.  The island is known for its famous imposing stone statues (moai), which punctuate the landscape and on average stand 13 feet high and with 14 tons.  (Marathon Tours)

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Captain Courtney Schoch’s journey is about owning her story and not letting it own her.  Raised in an abusive environment in Atlanta followed by the decision to drop out of high school lead her down a path of poor decision making that continued for years. Courtney earned her GED in 1992 and has since overcome insurmountable obstacles encountered in both her professional and personal life. 

Setting the bar high, she overcame her fear of flying and became a pilot in 2002. Two years later she was certified to teach aspiring pilots how to fly and follow their passion. In 2008, Courtney began her professional airline pilot career, in an industry where less than 4% are women. Within six years she earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Aeronautical Science with Specializations in Space Operations and Aerospace Safety Systems from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. A 2012 Women Future Leaders Scholarship award fueled her determination. In 2014, Courtney moved to Nicaragua and started a nonprofit, Runucate (run+educate), for educational scholarships and taught English in the local community while she continued to work as a pilot. She unexpectedly relocated full time to the United States in May 2018 after political unrest erupted in Central America. 

Although her profession is a pilot, Courtney’s passion is her nonprofit. Through Runucate, she runs marathons globally to raise awareness and funds for organizations that fight illiteracy and provide education. A renewed focus on local communities lead her to partner and support Seeds of Literacy in Cleveland, Ohio. Her mission inspires growth and discovery in others through education and stresses the importance of mentorship by honoring everyone's story regardless of their circumstances.



66% of Cleveland residents are functionally illiterate [66% The Source of the Statistic]

  • Some Cleveland neighborhoods have an illiteracy rate as high as 95%

  • Functional illiteracy is defined as having math, reading, or language skills below a 4th grade level

  • At this level, people may struggle to read a bus schedule, medicine bottle or job application

  • An adult without a high school diploma earns 42% less than an adult with a diploma

  • A mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, and outweighs other factors like neighborhood and family income

  • The percentage of adults without a high school diploma who live in poverty is twice that of those who have a high school diploma

Courtney with students at Seeds of Literacy Cleveland, Ohio 2019

Courtney with students at Seeds of Literacy Cleveland, Ohio 2019

Bagan Temple Marathon Race Report - Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) November 24, 2018





NOVEMBER 24, 2018

Bagan Temple Marathon 2018 - Myanmar

Bagan Temple Marathon 2018 - Myanmar

The Bagan Temple Marathon took place on November 24, 2018 in Bagan, Myanmar. It has been more than a year since my last marathon in South Africa and I was nervous to participate in this one due to the heat, injury fears and lack of training. This was my third continent finish! The funds raised through Runucate were donated to Seeds of Literacy located in Cleveland, Ohio. The next marathon is on Easter Island - home of the mysterious Moai statues. The country of Burma was one of the most respectful, peaceful and beautiful places I have ever traveled to.

Bagan Temple Marathon

“Tucked away in central Myanmar, the ancient site of Bagan is the location of the newest Adventure Marathon. Home to more than 2,000 temples, Bagan's beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. Sacred pagodas and beautiful temples are scattered across the plains of Bagan creating a mystical, stunning landscape. The marathon course takes runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring and untouched land” - Marathon Tours

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Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar (Burma)

Nearly 90% of the population in Myanmar practice Buddhism - Theravada is the most common tradition. Above -    Daily Alms Round     In  Theravada  Buddhism, many monks (Pāli:   bhikkhus  ) go on a daily almsround (or  pindabat ) to collect food. 

Nearly 90% of the population in Myanmar practice Buddhism - Theravada is the most common tradition. Above - Daily Alms Round In Theravada Buddhism, many monks (Pāli: bhikkhus) go on a daily almsround (or pindabat) to collect food. 


The Bagan Temple Marathon starts and finishes at Htilominlo Temple, built in 1211 and known for its fine plaster carvings. There are thousands of pagoda and temples in this region. Many were damaged during the earthquake of 2016.

Hot, tired and elated to run the last .25 mile to the finish line! Still holding the flowers the village children gave me many miles ago

Hot, tired and elated to run the last .25 mile to the finish line! Still holding the flowers the village children gave me many miles ago

At 1-21km, I turn right after the Dhammayakiza Pagoda at the 11km mark and then continue on towards New Bagan, but instead of entering New Bagan, I continue onto a sandy path and enter what feels like a different realm. The course takes me on a journey of discovery. I saw ox carts laden with grain plodding on the sandy track and there are farmers working in their rice and peanut fields. There were also were many locals decked out in their festive clothes waiting to say hello and gave me many of flowers. I held onto many of these flowers until the finish line. It felt like time has been standing still in this remote corner of the world.

Ox cart on the course

Ox cart on the course

Farmers tending to crops

Farmers tending to crops

Bagan Temple Marathon Course Map

At 22km, I entered the beautiful Nyaungdo village. The surface is a dirt road and the course continued onto a dam with the view to the right of a stunning mountain-top pagoda, Tuyin Taung Pagoda. To the left, the palm-fringed fields lie below and the spires of Bagan’s temples shimmer in the distance.

26-30k, continuing on an asphalt road which was not closed off to traffic. The route continued onto a dirt road and through the fields until another village was reached. The course goes through East Pwazaw village where the locals were outside their homes and cheering us on along and giving us hand picked flowers! This was a small village with its palm-leaf roofs and one of the locals helped me put on more sunscreen (Thanaka)



30km - 42, The rest of the route was a mixture of dirt and sand on trails and roads. Some stretches of the route are on paved roads (asphalt). Luckily the route was relatively flat but it was hot! The drivers along the paved roads were courteous and respectful. Not once during this entire race did I ever feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

Course obstacles encountered - goats and a lot of sand!

Course obstacles encountered - goats and a lot of sand!


Inadequate training - This training came on the tail end of recovery from a serious hip injury. It was a suspected stress fracture that had me walking most of my training primarily due to fear of re-injury. Luckily the hip was healed and there was not much discomfort during or after the marathon. I’ve learned my lesson and now have a great running coach that not only holds me accountable but also creates a running plan that significantly reduces the risk of injury. Thank you Coach Lynn and MTA.

Heat and sun - I underestimated the strength of the sun and used a bandana to shield my chest and shoulders as much as possible from the intense sun rays. The bandana was soaked with water at every aid station to help with cooling. The temperatures reached almost 90F with virtually zero shade along the route. The last 7 miles were paced slow because my heart rate was high and dehydration was becoming an issue.

Time zone - Myanmar’s time zone is 12 hours ahead of the Eastern United States. My normal routine is to run in the early morning but on this trip my body was ready to go to bed at the time this marathon started.

Clothing, Gear and Nutrition

Sunscreen - I used the local sunscreen, called Thanaka on my shoulders and face (see photo). Burmese people apply the paste to their face, neck, and arms as a natural sunscreen and to cool the skin from the unforgiving tropical sun. Yet it is also used as a form of individual expression.  They paint circles, dots, or squares on each cheek; designs resembling tree and plant leafs; light stripes or a thick mask - everyone has a unique style. The paste is made from ground-up Thanaka tree bark mixed with water. The paste was historically used as a natural sunscreen but has since become a form of beauty and individual expression.

Lululemon Pace Rival Skirt  - This was my first time wearing a skirt and I LOVED it. This skirt had front pockets with plenty of room to put my gels, extra Thanaka and body glide.

Nike Featherlight Visor  - This visor worked very well allowing heat to escape but keeping the hot sun off of my face.

Ultimate Direction Handheld  - These worked fantastic. They have a zippered pouch to hold items and collapse as they become empty. Very light weight. I did not have any arm fatigue carrying these bottle. 

Xersion Tank Top - 100% polyester and light. It kept me fairly dry and odor free the entire race.

Blue Blocker Sunglasses - The sunglasses are awesome. I've used them for every run for over two years and they are holding up great! 

Garmin 235 Forerunner - Excellent battery life, heart rate and GPS. Programming training runs and races into the app is a breeze! 

Moving Comfort Sports Bra  - This is a must for women with a size C or larger.  It is a bit of a challenge to get on but the support is unbelievable. If you do not believe me, try it! 

Injinji socks  - This is the first time I have ever gotten a blister but I believe that was from the sand in my shoes. These socks are still my favorite.

Body Glide - No chaffing!

Alta RSM (Run, Snow Mud) Lone Peak Shoes - These shoes worked out well. My go to running shoes are the 3.0 but are no longer made. I was concerned these shoes would not breathe well because of the material used to keep feet dry but they proved to be a solid marathon shoe pick!

Muir Energy Gel - Great! This was my first time using these gels for more than 10 miles and they worked out well. They are very sticky and some of my water had to be used to rinse off my fingers - Dealing with sticky fingers and running for several miles isn’t ideal but the gel tasted great and did not give irritate my stomach.

Nuun Tablets - 5 tablets used in this race. They are excellent for hydration, electrolyte balance and energy. I stay away from the ones with added caffeine due to increased bathroom stops but overall they are an great choice.

Celebration Dinner for the Bagan Temple Marathon runners

Celebration Dinner for the Bagan Temple Marathon runners