ATLANTA - About 20-25 members of the Georgia State cross country teams volunteered for the annual Kaiser-Permanente Corporate Challenge Race in September.

The 5k Corporate Run/Walk draws around 15,000 participants and 400 companies in a downtown event designed to keep the community fit and healthy. The event actually starts in July as the companies register and the training and conditioning for the race take place at each corporate team.

The cross country teams began their volunteer service weeks before the race, covering the miles through downtown and near the start and finish at Turner Field, to alert the citizens of all the street closing and traffic changes that would be coming.

On the Thursday, Sept. 16 race day with temperatures soaring into the 90s with high humidity, the group helped organized the Turner Field parking lot where all the corporate tents and vendor sites were set up.

The teams had the maps of who went where and helped with the supplies to get all set up.

During the race, the group lined the curbs to encourage the runners and walkers to finish what they had started and cheered the winners at the trophy presentations.

The cross country teams did their practice runs at 7 a.m. in the morning that day, then attended classes, and then provided their volunteer help.