Jade Berggren | Oct. 6, 2008
UC San Diego students have two million reasons to thank alumni, faculty, staff, friends—and even their fellow students.
On October 17, the Chancellor’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk for Scholars will surpass the cumulative $2 million fundraising mark since the event’s founding in 1996 to address the need for more undergraduate scholarships. Over that time, scholarships created from the generosity of 5K participants and sponsors have benefited more than 700 students who will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow, making an impact locally, nationally and even globally.
Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will lead the challenge, adding $5,000 for every $50,000 raised as part of the Chancellor’s Challenge 5K, and will match all new and increased gifts with discretionary funds up to $40,000.
“This year’s Chancellor’s Challenge 5K is especially exciting because of our goal of reaching the $2 million total in scholarship funding,” said Fox. “It is a wonderful demonstration of the entire campus community’s unwavering support of its undergraduate students.”
The event also will feature the Chancellor’s Champion contest, in which students, faculty, staff and alumni will race against each other in a “friendly” competition. Each group has selected a representative runner to compete for the coveted title of “Chancellor’s Champion.” The winning designee will receive a roaming award to be displayed on campus and lunch with Chancellor Fox.
Participants can get more information, register and give online to support scholarships by visiting www.ucsd.edu/5k. On October 17, the race begins at 12:15 p.m. from the North Campus Field, adjacent to RIMAC, and will continue on a course that weaves through the UC San Diego campus. Participants may run or walk the 5K course. Lunch and a brief awards ceremony to honor the winners will follow. In the event that weather precludes running or walking along the course, lunch and t-shirts will still be provided inside RIMAC Arena.
Meet our UC San Diego Chancellor’s Champions
Bob Baran serves as a systems administrator and applications developer for UC San Diego University Centers. Baran began running 11 years ago and has participated in the Chancellor’s Challenge 5K for six years. His goal for this year’s race is to finish the course in about 18 minutes and place in the top three in the staff division.
According to Baran, “The Chancellor’s Challenge 5K is a great community building. Also, as tuitions get more expensive, scholarships become that much more important to students.”
Greg Wong, ’91
A UC San Diego graduate in literature, Greg Wong, ’91, is a senior buyer for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which serves as an event sponsor, giving annually toward undergraduate research scholarships. Wong has participated in the Chancellor’s Challenge 5K for five years as part of Team Amylin and has acted as team captain for the past three years. Wong’s goal is to rally 100 of his fellow co-workers to join him in the race.
“Besides raising desperately needed money for scholarships, this event provides an opportunity for UC San Diego alumni, business partners and friends to get on campus and reconnect,” says Wong.
A faculty member in the UC San Diego department of economics since 1994, Allan Timmermann also teaches at the Rady School of Management. Running since he was 14 years old, Timmermann hopes to beat his previous time in the Chancellor’s Challenge 5K, when he finished first in the faculty division.
“The Chancellor’s Challenge 5K is an entertaining event, a challenging and beautiful course, and the idea of supporting student scholarship is great,” notes Timmerman.
Philip Napolitan, '09
Running on behalf of UC San Diego students, Philip Napolitan is a human biology major who will graduate in 2009. In his seventh year of running, Napolitan would like to break 19 minutes in the upcoming Chancellor's Challenge 5K. He competed in high school and continues to run with the Strides Running Club at UC San Diego.
A scholarship recipient himself, Napolitan comments, "I think scholarships are an important investment. It is society's way of showing trust in students that they will go on to do great things because of their education."