Members of the Coast Guard Academy men's and women's cross country teams got into the Halloween spirit and volunteered at the Girls on the Run Trick or Trot Fun Run and Walk at Bluff Point in Groton on Saturday.
Junior Beth Gollin served as the liaison for the athletes appearance at the event as over 20 members of the cross country teams were there at 7 a.m. to be part of the event.
"The cadets were pleasant, enthusiastic, hard working and an absolute joy to have around," said Kristen Lincoln, Chairwoman of the Trick or Trot fundraising committee and a board member for the Girls on the Run of Southeastern Connecticut. "Being a small non-profit hosting a pretty small event, we would have been grateful to have four or five cadets come be a part of it. Imagine our shock and surprise when over 20 came out at 7 a.m. on a very cold morning and immediately got to work."
The cadet were helping out on the course, taking photos, working the games area or dressing up in costume and running alongside the small children signed up for our kid's run.
"They absolutely made our event better in every possible way. They cheered for every runner who crossed the finish line, from the first to the last. They brought a smile to a lot of people's faces and it meant a lot to us to have them in attendance," added Lincoln.
The Coast Guard cross country teams were off this weekend and prepare for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship this Sunday at Franklin Park in Boston
"It's always a positive moment when we succeed throughout the season both individually and as a team, but this is one of those proud moments when our team gets involved by giving back to their community," said Ethan Brown, head coach of both the men's and women's cross country teams at Coast Guard. "It's experiences like this that demonstrate that helping others and getting involved is just as important as what you do in the classroom and on the field."