Plantsville college student volunteers at Hartford Marathon

Members of the Eastern Connecticut State University cross country team gather before the Hartford Marathon.

Members of the Eastern Connecticut State University cross country team gather before the Hartford Marathon.

Former Lady Knight Megan Albert was among a number of cross-country runners from Eastern Connecticut State University to volunteer at the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 10. Albert served as a course marshal, assisting blind athletes and those with wheel chairs through the races.

“I love to do meaningful community service projects with the team, and if we can give back to the sport we love, then that’s even better,” said Kathy Manizza, head coach of the track and field/cross country teams, in a school press release.

Megan Albert

Megan Albert

A resident of Plantsville, Albert majors in pre-elementary education and liberal studies.

Earlier this semester, the team volunteered at another marathon, running a water stop. In November they will help out at the “Little Manchester Road Race,” a children’s version of the Thanksgiving Day race that is attended by some 800 children.

“The athletes on the team love doing these projects,” Manizza said in the release. “They bring us closer together as a team.”

When she asked students to help out so early on a Saturday morning—6 a.m. for the Hartford Marathon—Manizza said that she was surprised to see such volunteerism.

“The entire team raised their hand,” she said in the release. “They have a new appreciation for the fact that athletics, in particular running, is for everyone and it doesn’t necessarily matter how fast you are.”

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