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Cayuga Community College challenges its students and employees to get fit

DATE: 03-02-2011

Last year, 158 Cayuga Community College campus members walked, ran, danced, and exercised their way into spring during the first ever Annual Cayuga Fitness Challenge. They also donated more than 1,000 non-perishable food items and met the goal in the annual spring American Red Cross Blood Drive.

This year, the Cayuga Community College Wellness Committee and the Administrative Professionals Group invites you to break out of the winter doldrums by participating in the 2nd Annual Cayuga Fitness Challenge. The 10-week competition brings together four-person teams in a friendly contest to see which team earns the most points by tracking steps and exercise routines.

“We feel like this is a great way to build campus spirit and get people out of winter hiding,” said co-organizer Bruce Walter, Cayuga CC’s coordinator of technology and media. “Last year, we were hoping for 50 participants and ended up with three times that number. This year, we really hope to surpass 150 and draw more students and faculty into the competition.”

The competition officially begins on Monday, March 7. However, participants are invited to attend the kick-off event at 11 a.m. this Friday in L210 on the Auburn campus and F118 on the Fulton campus.

At least one representative from each team must be present at the kick off, where they will receive the official rules and learn how to report their fitness accomplishments. The cost is $10 per person (or a $1 per week), and the money raised will used for prizes and refreshments at the kick-off and closing events.

“We mix things up by adding in ‘bonus points’ throughout the 10-week period,” said co-organizer Adam Williams, Cayuga’s web developer. “For example, if you stop by the nurse’s office and have a cholesterol, glucose, or blood pressure screening, you’ll get bonus points. Or if you donate to the blood drive or to the canned food drive, you’ll get extra points as well.”

All participants will be invited to attend an awards ceremony and fitness celebration on May 20 under the tent on the Auburn campus. Individuals and teams with the most points will receive prizes, and refreshments will be served.

Participants can sign up as a team, or they can sign up individually and event organizers will assign them to a team. For more information or to register, visit cayuga-cc.edu/fitness.