Running for The Student Imperative

Want to do your part for college affordability? CMC students are organizing a team of students to run in the LA Marathon on March 15th to raise money for The Student Imperative, the College’s initiative to help ease financial hurdles to a CMC education. “We care deeply about lowering economic barriers and increasing socioeconomic diversity on campus,” said organizers Ben Tillotson ’15 and Rita Gilles ’15 in a Nov. 10 email to the CMC community, asking for donation pledges for every student who finishes. “As students, we don’t have much to give, so we were trying to think creatively about how else we could contribute,” said Tillotson. “We ultimately settled on fundraising by running a marathon, because running 26 miles requires serious dedication and training. When we call members of the CMC community for donations, we want them to see that this is a cause we’re passionate about.” The first training session was in November: “For our shorter runs we’ve been using the track, and for the longer ones we have a big loop around Claremont,” said Tillotson. CMC launched the Student Imperative this past January, a $100-million initiative aimed at raising financial support (both merit- and need-based), lifting economic barriers to access, and enhancing the undergraduate experience at CMC. For more information on CMC’s LA Marathon team, contact Ben Tillotson ’15 ( For more information on The Student Imperative, visit To make a pledge to support each student running the marathon, click here:  To make a one-time gift, click here: 


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