Winter is a busy time at the Recreation Center
FitSpace and group fitness classes were busy with New Year’s resolutions in full swing and students getting ready for spring break! Approximately 1,600 new fitness members joined for the spring semester. During February, FitSpace was busy riding in the first-ever Expresso Bike Interactive College Cycling Challenge, a virtual reality cycling competition. Binghamton came in third place out of 68 schools, behind the University of Iowa and Northeastern University. Collectively, FitSpace riders logged 8,548 points (8,495 miles + 53 bonus points earned for sharing workouts on Facebook or Twitter), over 1,500 more points than fourth-place Ithaca College.
The winter weather this year has kept the Outdoor Pursuits staff busy leading snowshoe hikes, cross country ski trips, winter camping and even tubing and tobogganing at local area slopes. Beginner students particularly enjoyed trying on a pair of cross country skis and skiing around campus and on the fields! Also this spring, over 50 students are being certified in Wilderness First Aid, allowing them to administer first-aid care when they are more than one hour away from emergency medical assistance. Warmer weather will bring lots of opportunities to explore the local areas. Bike trips, fly fishing, river kayaking, tree climbing and day hikes are all on the schedule after students return from Spring Break.
Intramurals continue to be a favorite student activity! On the courts, Intramural 5v5 Basketball held championships after another full league of competition. Eighty-eight teams with over 800 participants, were registered to play in three different divisions (competitive, recreational and women’s). Volleyball, Indoor Soccer and Softball will begin after break (weather permitting outside) and are running full leagues as well.
A number of the 38 Club Sports are headed south for Spring Break. Crew traveled to Camp Bob in South Carolina, Ultimate Frisbee headed to the High Tide Tournament in Georgia, Water Polo competed in the University of Florida’s Spring in the Swamp Tournament, while the Outdoors Club traveled the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Shortly after break, both the men’s and women’s Club Volleyball teams will head to Dallas, Texas, to represent Binghamton in the National Club Volleyball Tournaments.
To catch a glimpse of all the activity that goes on every day in recreation, visit http://facebook.com/playbinghamton. For details on all the Recreation programs and offerings available, visit http://play.binghamton.edu.