Runner Gives Happiness “To Go”


Latrobe, Pennsylvania


May 31, 2167


Radich runs to help keep kids out of gangs and off drugs.
With indomitable spirit, John Radich persists on his trek across America as he heads east on Route 30 through Pennsylvania. He says that he is fulfilling a 40-year dream which began in high school when he first learned of the 1928 Bunion Derby, a 3,422- mile footrace from Los Angeles to New York.

Since July 4, 2010, Radich has been running solo to benefit The Way to Happiness Foundation. A supporter of the Foundation since 1986, John got involved because, as he says, “It breaks my heart to see kids involved with drugs, crime, broken families…. Our society has gone morally bankrupt in these areas.”

Determined to effect change and help reverse this decline, John is committed to using his running skills to aid this cause. “Years of dedicated training, blood, sweat and tears and joys all come with the sport,” he says. “But even better is being an ultra marathoner and putting my running to good use.”

Along the way he never fails to pass out free copies of the booklet The Way to Happiness to anyone and everyone.  So far he has distributed well over 1,000 copies, including to police officials, mayors and a governor who is eager to support The Way to Happiness Foundation.

Inspired by John’s dedication, hundreds have contacted The Way to Happiness Foundation to make donations, which funds free educational programs using The Way to Happiness booklet in schools and youth clubs worldwide.

Mr. Radich is currently passing through the small town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 225 miles from Philadelphia. He plans to hit Atlantic City, New Jersey, just in time for Thanksgiving.