A 72-hour writing marathon is raising some cash to help boost literacy services in Muskoka. The Muskoka Novel Marathon wraps up tonight at the Active Living Centre, and so far almost $32,000 has been raised. A final collection total will be revealed in August.

This year’s preliminary total is $2,500 less than last year. However, officials says anything over $30,000 is respectable especially when you consider it’s only being raised by 40 people.

The three-day event challenges writers to complete a novel, short story, or poetry collection within the time limit. Writers also collect donations, which goes to the literacy programs at the YMCA Simcoe-Muskoka. That includes academic upgrading programs, literacy and computer classes, as well as ESL training.

The marathon closing bell rings at 8:00 tonight, and then all of the writers will be in the running for the prize of Best Novel. The top fundraiser this year is Woodstock resident Lenore Butcher, who raised $3,200.