Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sign up for Homecoming 5K Walk/Run 2011

Members of the Springfield community, UIS students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in the annual UIS Homecoming 5K Walk/Run on Sat., Oct. 15, 2011.

The race will start at 9 a.m. outside of Kiwanis Stadium and take an out and back route along University Drive (the ring road), ending at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC). UIS Police and volunteers will assist with traffic control.

Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in the categories of youth (17 and under), UIS student, UIS employee and community member. Organizers hope you’ll sign up for the race and bring your biggest fans to cheer you on!

“We have tons of great spots (to watch),” said Trent Tangen, UIS Recreational Sports Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness.

The cost to sign up is $20 for Rec Sports members and $25 for non-members before race day. Registration on the day of the race will cost $30.

Participants must pick up their race packets at TRAC on either Fri., Oct. 14 between 4 and 8 p.m. or on Sat., Oct. 15 between 6:30 and 8 a.m.

A post-race raffle featuring prizes from local sponsors will follow the event. For more information call the Rec Sports at 217/206-7103.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Outdoor Adventures program

UIS Recreational Sports is excited to announce the launch of a new Outdoor Adventures program. Several off-campus kayak/canoe trips, a ski trip and skydiving adventure are planned for the fall and spring semesters of 2011.

“Some of the benefits are just getting outside and enjoying the outdoors, getting away from campus, meeting new people, and learning new skills,” said Trent Tangen, Assistant Director, Fitness & Wellness for Rec Sports.

The Outdoor Adventures program is committed to providing enjoyable, challenging, meaningful and educational experiences that will allow individuals and groups to learn the skills necessary for survival and safety in the outdoors as well as develop an appreciation for the environment.

Trips planned for Fall Semester 2011 include kayak/canoe adventures at Sugar Creek on Oct. 1, the Sangamon River on Oct. 22, and the Missouri Ozarks Nov. 18-20. A ski trip to Granite Peaks, Wisconsin is planned for Feb. 17-19, during the Spring Semester. If jumping out of a plane is your thing, a skydiving adventure is planned on May 5. For a full list of events visit the Outdoor Adventures page.

All Outdoor Adventures trips will be led by an experienced trip leader and will be open to students, faculty, staff, as well as, their friends and family. Friends and family are required to have a current student, faculty, or staff member present when registering for a trip and during the trip. No equipment or experience is required, just an open mind and willingness to have fun.

As there is limited seating on each trip, seating is on a first come – first served basis. In order to reserve your seat on the trip you must provide all of the following: a completed trip registration form, a completed liability release form, provide a copy of your insurance card, and proper payment. All of these items must be brought to the Rec Sports office (REC 1008) to register for a trip. If any one item is missing (i.e. you forget your insurance card) your seat cannot be reserved.

All Outdoor Adventures trips are 100% tobacco and alcohol free.