Ready, Set, Go: Babson’s Annual Faculty and Staff Run Continues to Grow

The runners pose for a group photo in front of the Babson World Globe

It started as a way for Babson College faculty and staff to help support students during the pandemic. Now, it has grown into a rite of spring. 

Thirty-five Babson community members participated in the 10K Faculty and Staff Run to Support Students, the largest turnout in the event’s five-year history, and 45 donors made contributions totaling more than $2,200. Their donations will support the Melissa Shaak Student Emergency Fund.  

“I am thrilled by the way this event is bringing Babson community members together, one mile at a time,” said Rob Major, the director of undergraduate administration at Babson and the event’s co-founder and co-organizer. 

“I am thrilled by the way this event is bringing Babson community members together, one mile at a time.”
Rob Major, director of undergraduate administration

In its five years, the annual run has raised more than $16,000 for the student emergency fund, which was created to help students with emergency needs during the pandemic. The fund now supports Babson students impacted by unexpected events, such as emergency medical treatment not covered by insurance, travel expenses in the case of the death or illness of a family member, and other emergency or dependent-related circumstances. 

Taking place this year on a warm May day, the 10K run consisted of two 5K loops that wound their way through the campuses of Babson and Olin colleges. The run began at the Babson World Globe, where a small crowd congregated to cheer on the participants, and concluded at the Park Manor Quad, where the runners joined their co-workers gathering for an annual employee appreciation event. 

Major hopes the run continues to grow, and he plans to partner with Babson’s development office to generate more donor enthusiasm. “I would like to increase the participation even more,” he said, “so this becomes a signature Babson end of the year event.”

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