UConn’s Engineers Without Borders fourth annual hosts 5K
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 11:09
Runners take off at the 2011 EWB 5K. The club will host its forth annual 5K this Sunday. The race su
A UConn engineering club will host its fourth annual 5K starting at the Student Union on Saturday to raise funds to support its global volunteer efforts.
The club, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), will host the event for the fourth consecutive year, using it as an opportunity to raise awareness about the organization’s philanthropic activities around the world.
The 5K is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., with registration opening at 9 a.m. UConn students can pay $8 to participate while the cost for non-UConn students interested is $15. T-shirts will be given out to the first 50 people to sign up for the event.
The event is open to both serious runners and those just looking for a way to spend a Saturday morning outside on what is forecasted to be sunny and cool weather. Although the race is only a small part of this event, prizes will also be given out to the top three runners.
Jake Lampron, one of the students leading the event, wants to make the UConn student body aware of the exciting projects that this run will help to fund.
“As we are a non-profit organization … all of our money goes towards our projects,” said Lampron. “(It) helps people all over the world.”
In the past, EWB has traveled to India and Nicaragua, where they volunteered on various projects. This summer, the group worked in India on local waste management systems and assisted in incorporating science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in classrooms nationwide. Additionally, in 2010 and 2012, the group made two trips to Nicaragua to design plans to help stop the erosion of a crucial road outside of the city of Grenada.
Looking ahead, the EWB hopes to see the implementation of the plan in Nicaragua and tackle a more local project: terracing a hill in Hartford’s Pope Park.
“There is a lot of great work that can still be done in places like Hartford and the small community in Nicaragua,” said EWB President Andrew Silva, who said the event is very important for the group’s efforts. “We’d like to do a lot more in many more communities, (but) we just need the funding.”
While the event registration will not officially open until Saturday morning, the registration form has been posted on EWB’s Facebook event page, and many students are already expressing excitement about participating in the race.
“I’ve always liked running,” said engineering student Dan Liss, explaining his interest in the event. “I’m in the running club at UConn. I’m also in EWB, so I like to try and support the organization in any way I can.”
Liss also said that several of his friends on campus are just as excited to join him at the 5K race.