Who would have thought that an established athletic event would find a deep connection with the messages and themes in The North Star, but in 1999, our very own nationally acclaimed author/illustrator/educator Peter H. Reynolds was named Grand Marshal of the 16th Annual James Joyce Ramble's children's race - "The North Star Children's Ramble."
Re-named in honor of his book The North Star (FableVision Press), the North Star Children's Ramble takes place every spring in the historic town of Dedham, MA. The 10K James Joyce Ramble, which integrates art, literature and athletics, draws approximately three thousand runners and thirty thousand spectators.
Although the children's race has been part of the adult Ramble for several years now, Director and Founder of the Ramble, Martin Hanley, decided it was time to respond to the growing popularity of the children's race by giving it a more defined presence within the general event. As Hanley explains, "Peter's work is all about stepping off the path and believing in your dreams. The Ramble is dedicated to that kind of freedom to express who you are as an individual at any cost."
Now dubbed "The North Star Children's Ramble," the free children's race is sponsored annually by the Dedham Youth Commission and has corresponding distances for various ages up to age twelve. This North Star Happening is a shining example of how The North Star encourages and celebrates ALL modes of learning.
Click here for registration,
location and schedule information for the April
27, 2003 North Star Children's Ramble. You can also
find more information by checking out www.ramble.org
or by calling the Dedham Youth Commission at (781) 329-6550.
Before stepping onto the race path, you can read a free online version of The North Star at www.fablevision.com/northstar/read.html.
Check out pictures from
the 2002 Children's Ramble at kidsrunning.com!