For the past two years the Parks, Recreation and Sport Programming class at Mizzou have become a familiar group of volunteers at the Bear Creek Run Half Marathon. Each year, approximately 20 students were responsible for providing refreshments and encouragement for runners at the five aid stations along the 13.1 mile course on the Bear Creek Trail. The runners appreciated these students and their high level of enthusiasm as a boost to keep going.
The partnership between the Parks, Recreation and Sports class and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department developed through Assistant Teaching Professor, Jennifer Upah, and City of Columbia Recreation Specialist, Stacey Kulik. Both Upah and Kulik believed this opportunity would serve as a great hands-on learning experience. Furthermore, Kulik believed the support from the students is what makes the City of Columbia’s events stand out in the running community, and increases participation from Mid-Missouri runners.
The City of Columbia thanks the Mizzou Parks, Recreation and Sports students for their continued support and look forward to collaborating with them on future events.