UMass volunteers in official course marshal vests!
In September, over twenty undergraduate UMass students volunteered at the 21st annual Amherst Regional High School Cross Country Invitational, one of the premier high school races in the region. Over 1,500 runners representing nearly twenty teams from all over New England ran the 5k course through the campus of 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. For the past two years I have been the race volunteer coordinator, recruiting and organizing 100 + volunteers, including dozens of UMass students from public health courses, and UMass athletes, staff and faculty. Several of my UMass student volunteers had raced the course on their high school teams and enjoyed reconnecting with former teammates and coaches.
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.