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The Pursuit: What’s it all about?

Ross Niemer // Provided
The 2022 Pursuit team celebrating the success of their event, having raised $23,628.

If you have walked by library bridge recently, you have probably noticed a moped and students advertising The Pursuit over a microphone. The Pursuit is a two-day event that raises money for the Student Emergency Fund, which Clemson students can access if they experience a significant life setback.
“The Student Emergency Fund is a unique initiative because it supports students already part of the Clemson Family. The Clemson Family supports one another in crises, which is the heart of the Student Emergency Fund,” Sarah Catherine O’Connell, Pursuit assistant director, said.
The fundraising event occurred on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9. Participants registered in pairs, provided team names and had the option to attend both days or just the race on Thursday.
Wednesday’s events included trivia at 356 Sushi to compete for prizes, with topics such as Clemson history, pop culture and music.
Thursday was the Pursuit clue-based race starting at 5:30 p.m. The teams must decode and collect clues about locations on campus, racing to the finish line in Death Valley.
“The Pursuit started 12 years ago intending to create a fun event for students that benefited students at the same time,” Ross Niemer, Pursuit director, explained. “The idea of a trivia night/race day combination was born with proceeds benefiting the Student Emergency Fund, and it has grown ever since. This year we are excited to have the race finish in Death Valley for the first time, allowing runners to rub the rock at the top of the hill and run down to collect their prize on the field.”

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