Students help out Chicago Marathon runners

By Brennan Schneider

Students waited at the Chicago Marathon finish line to help the more than 40,000 runners who participated in the race Sunday.

Amanda Santucci and Megan Haduch, sophomore communicative disorders major and members of Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honors Society, were two of the 12,000 volunteers who helped out during the marathon. Santucci and Haduch put heat sheets on runners who finished the noon to 4 p.m. race.

Haduch said she wanted to be inspired by all the runners who accomplished their dreams when they crossed the finish line.

“It was an eye-opening experience considering it is hard for me to wrap my mind around people running 26.2 miles,” Haduch said.

Even though neither Santucci nor Haduch knew anyone they helped at the finish line, Santucci said they were proud of everyone.

“If only I was a runner,” Santucci said. “I would want to run it for myself.”

Haduch said the marathon was organized and there were volunteers everywhere ready to assist anyone.

Haduch and Santucci said they are looking forward to volunteering at the Chicago Marathon again.