BETHLEHEM, Pa. – 4am is not the typical wake-up time for most college student-athletes … but on Sunday September 7th Northampton student-athletes and coaches were up taking part in pre-race preparations for the Via Marathon.
Three groups of student-athletes were stationed at different points along the race course setting up various items, including a medical tent at the finish line in Easton, and hauling supplies and other necessities to the course.
Volunteering for the Via Marathon has become an annual event for Northampton student-athletes, dating back to the Fall of 2008. “It is actually something the student-athletes really enjoy,” commented Associate Athletic Director Adrian Yaguez, “I’m not sure they enjoy getting up, but once we get here and get working they take a lot of pride in what they are doing.”
Via of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit human service agency that provides services for children and adults with disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Serving the community since 1954, Via’s staff help individuals and families from birth through retirement focusing in Children’s Services, Employment, Community Connections, Autism Services, Teen Summer Experience and the Employment Reform Resource Project.