Spring brought many new things to Campus Recreation
As always, the Recreation Center and East-side fields were busy with students working out, playing basketball, swimming in the pool and competing in Intramural and Club Sports competitions. This spring brought some well-received new activities as well as traditional spring special events.
Canoe Wars, a new student favorite, saw the Outdoor Pursuits canoes in the pool for a real, live game of battleship. Students, in teams of four, used buckets of water and paddles to sink each other’s canoes—the last canoe still afloat was crowned champion. The event was such a hit that there will be two more events offered this upcoming fall.
Intramurals added two new non-traditional activities to the spring season - FIFA 2013 on Xbox and a March Madness bracket challenge. Over 40 entries were received for the bracket challenge and a faculty member was given the honor as the first Intramural Champion in this new sport.
Also at the Rec Center this spring, Campus Rec teamed up with the Dean of Students Office and Late Nite Binghamton to host a Dive-In Movie, showing Jaws and Finding Nemo as students hung out in the pool. In addition, a new fitness class – Spring Break Shred – ran from January to March, combining R.I.P.P.E.D.® and Sports Conditioning classes. Following the new trend of high-intensity, body-sculpting, extreme workouts, and due to the overwhelming success of the class, R.I.P.P.E.D.® has been permanently added to the Group Fitness schedule.
The Rec Center facilities have also seen some new features, with the much-anticipated installation of bottle-filling water fountains. As of June 14, use of these new fountains has helped to eliminate waste from over 48,000 disposable plastic bottles. Additionally, the outdoor track now has a new, permanent Binghamton University scoreboard for use during Club Sport home games and special events.
Lastly, congratulations are in order for everyone who participated in the 2013 Binghamton Sprint Triathlon and McKenna 5K. The annual Sprint Triathlon, held on April 27 and co-sponsored by Campus Recreation, had over 85 participants, ranging in age from 18 to 68. The Crew Club hosted the seventh annual John McKenna IV Memorial 5K run on March 16, at Binghamton’s West Side Recreation Park. Over 500 participants competed in the race, which raised funds in honor of John McKenna IV (class of 1988 and former crew member), a U.S. Marine who was killed during his third tour in Iraq.
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