Black Hills Reads wraps up its second “Race to Read” challenge

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Black Hills Reads is wrapping up its second annual Race to Read Across South Dakota Challenge.

The goal was to have anyone in the state read as many books as possible between January 4 and March 2.

Every 25 books read counted towards one mile driven by a virtual car that could be tracked on the Black Hills Reads Facebook page.

This year a total of 28,286 books were read statewide with over 1,000 people participating.

“As soon as we are born to third grade, we are learning to read, and then from third grade on, we are reading to learn,” said Black Hills Reads with United Way Director, Kayla Klein. “Reading is such a fundamental piece of anyone’s education. And so this is just a really fun way to kind of bring the kiddos and the adults together to say reading is fun its cool at any age.”

Those who participated made a full virtual trip around South Dakota and had enough miles left over to do some sight seeing along the way.

There was also over $600 in cash prizes rewarded to the highest readers.

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