With students on the sidelines, in the race and at the registration booths, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon held its 19th race on Nov. 12 and 13. Each year, volunteers participate in different ways to help carry out the marathon with live music, with proceeds going to charities such as Humana.
“I would recommend this volunteering opportunity to other students because it is a great way to give back to the community while learning real word skills and meeting great people from Las Vegas,” junior Nicholas Pudar said.
Those who volunteered were assigned a specific job to help the runners get through their race, along with musicians who performed at different points throughout the event. While some students supported runners, others dealt with payment and registration.
“It was really cool to provide water to the runners during the race,” junior Tensaye Woldesenbet said. “It made me happy that I was able to help them get through their race.”
The registration packet for the race comes with a $15 fee in addition to an entrance fee, but students who volunteered for the event were able to sign up for free online. Students gained volunteer hours for helping, which can be applied toward to their CTSO community service.
“This experience will definitely help me later on in life,” Pudar said. “I learned how to work under pressure and how to get things done when you are on a time limit. I also opened up and talked to people I did not know.”
Next year, the marathon will be open again for students to volunteer, or even participate if they wish. With Snoop Dogg as the headliner for this event, and past musicians featuring artists such as Kid Rock, the line up for 2017 is yet to be announced.
“Volunteering at the marathon was a lot of fun,” junior Cameron Hernandez said. “I was in charge of paperwork, which was really cool because I got to meet the marathon runners. I am hoping that when I volunteer next year I get a different job just to spice things up a bit.”