Volunteers from the UMass Women’s Cross Country Team work the finish chute
On September 23, dozens of undergraduate UMass students volunteered at the 22nd annual Amherst Regional High School Cross Country Invitational, one of the premier high school races in the region. Over 1,000 runners representing nearly twenty teams from all over New England ran the 5k course at Hampshire College.
Almost all of the race day staff are volunteers, who work as course marshals, traffic monitors, set up crew and in the medical tent or on the finish line, including UMass students from public health courses, UMass athletes, staff and faculty, and many participating in the UMass Amherst Mass Impact 6th Annual Day of Service.
For me, the race represents many of my personal values and aspirations as UMass Neighborhood Liaison: the value of public service and the cooperation of people from different backgrounds – athletes, parents and grandparents, college students, and long-time members of the running community – to support our local school athletic programs.