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Outdoor National Championship at TWU

By: Johnna Headly, Reporter

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Texas Woman’s University has been selected among 59 other schools across the country to participate in an Outdoor National Championship. The championship is a program designed to motivate students, staff, faculty and the community to engage in the outdoors. The competition will last six weeks. It is scheduled to start on September 6 and end on October 17. Registration began August 24 and can be found online. All TWU campuses – Denton, Dallas and Houston – and their communities can register and rack up points for the university.

To earn points, participants can chose from a variety of activities outside, including hiking, running and climbing. The Fitness and Recreation Center will organize events for competitors, but individuals can also compete on their own. You must participate for 30 minutes and upload a picture to the online site proving that you have completed each activity. The first time you log an activity you will receive 20 points. Afterwards, each 30 minute activity is worth 10 points. A maximum of 5 activities can be logged per day.

Assistant director of the Fitness and Recreation center Karrie Fletcher has organized this event for TWU. She is excited for the university to have this opportunity. Fletcher is confident that the Fit and Rec Center’s activities like outdoor adventure, outdoor trips and the rock climbing wall will be a good place to earn points. However, Fletcher wants participants to understand: “You don’t have to be super sporty, outdoors-minded, or extremely competitive to be a part of this.” Simple activities such as walking around campus, bird watching, or even laying in a hammock count for points.

As a part of being chosen, TWU is one of 50 schools to receive a $1,000 grant to use for equipping the university for the competition and to provide neat giveaway prizes. Giveaway prizes include backpacks from The North Face, GoPro cameras, Coleman tents, hammocks, Bose earphones and T-shirts.

The participant from each school that earns the most points will win the Outsider of the Year award from Outdoor Nation, along with gear from outdoor retailers like The North Face and REI. Also, one student and one faculty or staff member from TWU with the most points will win a GoPro camera.

For more information or to register for the competition visit www.oncampuschallenge.org.

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