Runners Supporting Wentworth’s Student Emergency Fund in Ragnar Relay

May 6, 2019

The 2019 Wentworth group running the Ragnar Relay

On May 10 and 11, a team of 12 Wentworth faculty, staff, and students will run 200 miles in Massachusetts from Hull to South Yarmouth over the course of 24 hours.

The race—Ragnar Relay—raises crucial funds for Wentworth’s Student Emergency Fund, which provides financial relief for students facing unforeseen challenges such as living expenses, books, transportation, and food insecurity.

We spoke with a couple of the runners ahead of the weekend. More information about the fund and the race can be found on the Wentworth Alumni Office website, or on social media through #WentworthIt.

Peter Fowler
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs

Why are you running?

I have really seen the value of the Student Emergency Fund and the impact it can have on students. I’m really excited to be a part of a team of really great, caring, thoughtful, awesome people.

Have you done this race or a similar one before?

I have done the Ragnar Relay before. I was on the very first Ragnar team [2016], so I’m very excited to be back again and run a little bit more than I have been.

What are you most excited about and most nervous about?

The experience of being in a van for just over 24 hours with a great group of people is a lot of fun. I really had a great experience the first time and this year includes so many great people and a couple of students so I’m looking forward to that experience the most. I’m very nervous about my first leg of eight miles. Eight miles is pretty long for me.

What does the student emergency fund mean to you?

In my role of associate of students, I work one-on-one with a lot of the students who access the Student Emergency Fund and these folks are just really hard working and really dedicated. They want to do well academically and succeed and sometimes there’s just this very small road bump in front of them that they need a little extra help with. So, if we can alleviate the burden for them a little bit around food or the expensive books or supplies for them to continue their educational pursuits, then we are certainly happy to do it. The students are very grateful, very thankful, and just really appreciative of the extra support.

Chris Ligonde
Computer Science ’19

Why are you running?

I got into the hobby of running last summer. I was never a super serious runner before that. I started getting more into it because of a work activity at my last co-op and I found more and more that I just like to run. When I saw that this opportunity was available—running for a good cause—I just thought to myself, “Well hey, I’ve been running more and more, why not do a run that’s going to challenge myself, but at the same time allows me to run for a cause that’s even better?”

Have you done this race or a similar one before?

I’ve not done this race before and this is my first time doing a relay, actually. I’m used to running 5ks and the occasional 10ks, but nothing like this.

What are you excited about and most nervous about?

From the meetings I’ve had with the other runners, they usually say the van ride over’s the most exciting part, the team bonding experience. So, I’m really excited about that. I wouldn’t say I’m nervous about much. I guess running in the dark if I end up having to do that, but other than that, I’m not really nervous.

What does the Student Emergency Fund mean to you?

So, I only got to know about the Student Emergency Fund as a result of signing up for the Ragnar Relay. From what I’ve heard about it, it’s helping out other students in need, be it money for more food or to buy T passes, just general things like that. I never personally had to make use of it, but I come from a background where I haven’t had a lot myself, so I can definitely resonate with the Student Emergency Fund and what it does for students. I feel like it’s a great thing to be raising money for.

--Sarah Sherard

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