Waterbury resident runs in 95 mile relay to support sustainability


Renee Robichaud of Waterbury (third from left), Senior Administrative Assistant at Webster Bank, poses for a photo with her Webster teammates at the finish line of the 2021 RiMaConn Relay.

Waterbury resident Renee Robichaud recently competed in the 2021 RiMaConn Relay, a 95-mile race along the East Coast Greenway in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Robichaud, senior administrative assistant at Webster Bank, who ran as a member of the Webster team, was one of more than 700 runners who competed in the one-day event spanning 21 towns and villages and s is completed along Mortenson Square in downtown Hartford. As an avid runner, she was a member of her high school cross country team and has since competed in several other races and half marathons.

Webster was the first supporter and presenter of the sustainability-focused endurance event and donated $ 10,000 to support trail preservation. The race used environmentally friendly measures including: reusable athlete’s water bottles (replacing 10,000 disposable plastic cups); compost-friendly food, plates and napkins at the post-race party; locally sourced food and drink; and the use of solar operations powering the finish line sound system prevents the emission of the equivalent of 38 pounds of carbon dioxide.

The RiMaConn 2021 sponsorship is the latest example of Webster’s commitment to sustainability. In 2020 alone, Webster closed approximately $ 145.7 million in renewable energy / energy efficiency loans. Webster also invests in energy efficient solutions at its facilities, including reducing the use of paper and fossil fuels, and remains active in financing commercial loans for renewable and clean energy and LEED construction.

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