Oct. 9, 2012
CHICAGO - This past weekend, the Loyola University Chicago men's and women's cross country and track & field teams volunteered their time at the 35th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Runners represented all 50 US states and more than 100 different countries. Loyola head coach Randy Hasenbank sees nothing but positives in having representatives of both squads volunteer their time.
"I think the event was an eye opener for some," stated Hasenbank. "So many logistics and moving parts are involved in the running of this great sporting event. Our athletes also experienced the city from different vantage points while witnessing a course record run in the men's race."
Members of both teams were spread throughout the 26.2-mile course, which winds through many of Chicago's iconic neighborhoods. They could be seen passing out water, handing out energy bars and providing encouragement to participants as they made their way through the course. Volunteer involvement is vital to the success of one of the world's most popular races.
"This is a great community service project for our team," said Hasenbank. "I have mentioned to our athletes, on more than one occasion, that when they are the participant there is usually someone dedicating their time and volunteering to work for us at our cross country and track & field meets. It only makes sense that we would return the favor."