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May 17, 2022

Rumson-Fair Haven Student Runs to Raise Funds

Scott Venancio completed the Goggins’ 4x4x48 Challenge on the RFH track, surrounded by more than 100 of his friends, family and community members.

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Scott Venancio not only accomplished a major feat last month but raised much-needed awareness and funds for an extremely worthwhile cause while doing so. Venancio, a junior at RFH, completed the third annual Goggins’ 4x4x48 Challenge on March 6 and raised thousands for charity. 

Goggins is a retired Navy Seal who, for the past few years, has embarked on an ultramarathon aimed at supporting charities across the world. Beginning March 4 at 8 pm, runners from around the world joined Goggins’ campaign and began their efforts to run four miles every four hours for 48 hours. After attempting the challenge unsuccessfully last year (Venancio completed an impressive 40 of the 48 miles) and raising $5,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of local Rumson resident Dr. Edwin Gangemi, Venancio was determined to finish this year.   

As Venancio amped up his training and the challenge was approaching, Venancio was devastated to learn of the unexpected passing of his family friend and Fair Haven resident, Nicholas Glassman. Venancio decided to dedicate his challenge to Nicholas with the blessing of the Glassman family and to raise funds for their cause, Johnny’s Ambassador’s, a non-partisan, nonprofit, grassroots alliance of individuals and organizations around the globe who educate parents and teens about the risks of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness and suicide. Venancio and his family used social media to publicize his efforts and garner support.

Venancio posted updates to his social media throughout and completed the challenge on the RFH track, under the lights at Borden Stadium surrounded by more than 100 of his friends, family and community members, joined by his best friends, Steve Glassman, Nick’s father, and his own dad, Mario Venancio, for his final two miles. 

While Venancio is elated at his physical accomplishment and shared that this will go down “as one of the most important nights of his life,” he is most excited, shocked and humbled by the outpouring of support he received and the incredible $14,000 he was able to raise for such a worthy cause. Besides large donations from local community members, it was the importance of the message he was able to spread and the small donations made by teenagers that meant the most to him.