CCAC Massage Therapy students to provide free massages for runners at the DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
PITTSBURGH—Students in the Massage Therapy program at CCAC’s Boyce Campus will have a hand, or two, in helping runners relax and rejuvenate following the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 3. Kevin Anderson, CCAC associate professor and coordinator of the Massage Therapy program, along with about 20 of his current and former students and several colleagues will provide free massages at Point State Park for runners who would like a massage following the 26-mile race.
The volunteers must arrive before 6:00 a.m. and the first runners will arrive around 9:30 a.m. Event organizers are expecting more than 300 runners to seek free massages, which typically last 10–20 minutes. The volunteers, who will be providing massages for up to five hours, are looking forward to the challenge of seeing so many clients in one day.
Anderson will serve as lead therapist and oversee all the volunteers in the runner massage tent, including massage therapy students from other schools. Runners will be asked to complete surveys following their massages, and the school that has the best results will receive a trophy. CCAC also is donating 10 tables for the massage tent.
The goal of the post-race massages is to improve circulation, relieve muscle tension and cramping and minimize soreness for the marathon runners. Anderson has an extensive background in sports massage, and many of his students also are interested in the athletic side of massage therapy. For further information regarding CCAC’s Massage Therapy program, visit ccac.edu.