Students Volunteer at the Louisiana Marathon
Every year a group of LSU Athletic Training Students volunteer at the Louisiana Marathon. This year we had over 20 students from our curriculum program helping to provide medical coverage to those participants in the marathon. Dr. Ray Castle served his second term as the Medical Coordinator for the marathon. One of our third year students, Derek Carter, also served as the Medical Coordinator Intern this year. Derek’s responsibilities included: assisting in developing the medical protocols for the marathon, planning the volunteer assignments, race-day coordination of on-course medical care, and other duties related to the health and well-being of the participants. When asked about his experience with the marathon, Derek told us, “Working with the Louisiana Marathon organizing committee helped me gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with multiple agencies at the local, state, and federal level along with private entities. It is truly amazing the planning that goes into a citywide event and the cooperation of everyone. The event taught me management and planning skills that I will be able to use throughout my career. The experience left me with a new perspective on large scale event planning.” The marathon this year had over 90 volunteers that worked throughout the weekend to provide care to over 300 runners.
The program is extremely proud of Dr. Castle, Derek, and the other students that volunteered their time to help those running. They gained invaluable experience and represented LSU Athletic Training well.