Springfield College Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD, received a $2,275 grant from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology to continue the second year of a Springfield College Running Psychology Team. Hutchinson, along with doctor of psychology students Dolores Christensen and Erica Beachy, led a psychology team that was available to participants of the Hartford Marathon.
The team was designed to be available to half marathon and marathon runners during pre-race events and also on race day. The group was available at the start and finish lines, as well as throughout the course, to provide support and encouragement for participants.
“This is really a unique collaboration between multiple programs at Springfield College and we are excited to build on last years’ experience,” said Hutchinson. “It’s a strong commitment by the students to volunteer their time at the race and gain some valuable experience. The establishment of the team has been met with great enthusiasm and our members are thrilled to be able to apply their skills and knowledge to benefit the community.”
During the 2013 Hartford Marathon, 17 Springfield College athletic counseling students from the psychology program and 10 Springfield College sport psychology students from the exercise science and sport studies program were available to assist runners with reviewing goals, quelling last minute nerves, and providing cognitive skills that runners can utilize during the race.
The Hartford Marathon is one of the largest races in New England. Thousands of runners will participate in the 21st anniversary of the competitive this year. The course was once again divided into both a full marathon (26-mile route) and half marathon (13-mile route).