TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY TAKES PART IN PAIR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS

TRACK  & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY TAKES PART IN PAIR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's and women's track and field teams participated in two community service projects this month. The team was involved in the Great American River Parkway Clean-Up and the Walk to End Alzheimer's. These two events are just the latest outreach project for the team who also assist annually with the Super Bowl Run on campus and the California International Marathon.

The Great American River Parkway Clean-Up took place on Sept. 16 and was sponsored by the Parkway Foundation. The event encourages volunteers to help clean up debris along the parkway which helps protect the river eco-system and improves water quality. The Hornets cleared the area between Howe Ave. and La Riviera Dr.

"This project had extra meaning for us because how important the river trails are especially to our distance runners and their training," Sacramento State head coach Jeff Magley said.

The next weekend, the team assisted with the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sept. 23 at Capitol Mall. Sacramento State coaches and athletes served as route monitors for the walk, helping police secure the route. The walk takes part in over 600 communities nationwide and is the largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.

The Sacramento State cross country team will return to action this Saturday when it hosts the Capital Cross Challenge at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. The meet will feature over 3,900 competitors in races spanning from youth to college. The indoor track & field season will start in January while the outdoor campaign begins in March. The Hornet men are the defending Big Sky Conference Outdoor champions.