Wentworth Runners Smash Ragnar Relay Goal
May 14, 2020
Maura Mulligan and her family cheer on other members of Team WentWorthIt
By John Franklin
Major changes within the last few months could not deter the Wentworth Ragnar Relay team from smashing its fundraising goal.
When shelter-in-place orders cancelled the in-person Ragnar Relay Race, team “WentworthIt” took it upon themselves to make it happen. A team of students, staff and faculty came together with a goal to run the 200 miles virtually and raise $20,000 over three days of running.
Entering day one, the team had already reached its goal of $20,000 so they upped the ante and raised their new goal to $22,000. The 12 runners took turns running a set number of miles before passing the virtual baton to someone else. Money raised goes directly to the Student Emergency Fund, which provides financial relief for students facing unforeseen challenges.
“When the race was cancelled, it would have been easy to stop right there,” said Jenn Kosses, assistant dean of students and one of the runners. “But I think the 12 of us knew that the need was too great, and the cause was too important. The student emergency fund helps each and every student figure out how to achieve their academic goals.”
The 2020 Wentworth team consisted of Kristian Baber, Andrew Corcoran, Jacob Girard, Jackie Herb, Sarah Kaczynski, Jenn Kosses, Alex McGillivray, Maura Mulligan, Edie Waldsmith, Annamaria Wenner, Chris McIntyre and George Wishart.
“I just want to say thank you to my teammates,” said Kosses. “I am so proud of this group.”
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