Ragnar race

Hiscox Re & ILS raise $7000 for Alzheimer’s battle

Jonas Muir Wood
Jonas Muir Wood

In September 2019, a team of 10 brave Hiscox Re & ILS individuals covered 200 miles in 24 hours as part the Ragnar Reach the Beach Relay to raise money for Action on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Bermuda (AAD). 

Jonas Muir Wood, ILS analyst and chief organiser said: "At Hiscox Re & ILS, we’re passionate about supporting our local communities and taking part the Ragnar Reach the Beach Relay to raise money for Action on Alzheimer's and Dementia Bermuda (AAD) was a great way to demonstrate this."

Ragnar is not just a relay race; it’s an overnight adventure, team building activity and community celebration all rolled into one. The team started their adventure Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, USA, and ran along alpine lakes, rolling hills, covered bridges and scenic expanses. They finished the race 200 miles later at Hampton Beach.

As the East Coast’s oldest running relay, this race boasts some of the best community support, with decorated baton exchanges, volunteers in full costume and even neighborhood block parties.

Hiscox participants in New Hampshire’s challenging New Hampshire’s Ragnar Reach the Beach Relay raised money for Bermuda’s Action on Alzheimer’s & Dementia: (from left) Back row: Jonas Muir Wood, Deondre Trott, Mike Schindel, Phil Mace Second Row: Byron Rencken; Maeve Dillon; Gail Maitland; Julie Mullowney (volunteer) Bottom Row Sophia Mealy; Elizabeth Stewart (AAD); Laura Pemberton.

“This is an amazing group of people who work for a very supportive company” said Elizabeth Stewart, AAD President and Founder, who joined the group to compete in the September 13th-14th event. “The weekend was full of comrade and connection and I was honoured to be a part of it.”

Over their 24 hour quest, the team pushed themselves out their comfort zones physically, slept overnight in a van and devoured copious amounts of peanut butter bagels. It truly was the ultimate team-building experience.

"With the mammoth goal of complete 200 miles within 24 hours, the runners had a huge challenge ahead of them. But with every mile conquered and every dollar they raised, the team helped make a big difference to individuals and families who are living with dementia."  Jonas Muir Wood.
The team raised over whopping $7000 USD that will go towards raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and providing resources and support to individuals and families who are living with dementia. Find our more about AAD here.
Find out more about what Hiscox Re & ILS do in the community here.


  • Meet the team