Category Archives: Fitness challenge

Run Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon with Run Canterbury

Is completing a half or full marathon on your bucket list? What about a scenic 5 or 10km?  Do you need a little support to get you there? Run Canterbury is kicking off again in Semester 2, targeting the gorgeous views of Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon in October – listed by Runner’s World as one of the most beautiful road marathons in the world!

Male runners in Dunedin half marathon
Dunedin Half Marathon
Experience and Knowledge

Run Canterbury has been operated by UC Rec&Sport for well over 25 years.  We have experienced runners leading our pack runs, which are sorted into beginner, intermediate and advanced paced groups.  If you under or overestimate your pace, you can switch between the groups to suit.  Our training programmes have been designed by experienced runners, strength & conditioning coaches and sport scientists.  You are in safe hands!

Motivation

Sure, you can run by yourself.  Sure, you can download a training programme.  The difference with joining a running group is having the intention to run and actually running!  Pack runs leave the RecCentre twice a week, and there’s an online community to find running buddies for your other runs during the week – plus, we’ll be able to provide individual advice should you hit barriers (like injuries for example). Having a group to connect with each week keeps you accountable, on track, and more motivated to complete your other runs (or you’ll start to struggle to keep up!)

Investment

Check out everything that’s included on our website, and you’ll find 12 weeks of support for just $95 – an absolute bargain.  If you have friends or family who aren’t UC staff or students but would like to join in, they can for just $155.  Pack runs commence  Tuesday 14 July, and online registrations are available.

If you have any questions, please contact gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz 

Run and be well!
UC Rec & Sport

2018 Group Fitness Challenge – win a free entry

It’s back, better and bigger than before! Are you ready to accept the 2018 helloworld Group Fitness Challenge, on your path to wellness?

What is it?
Your goal is to attend 100 group fitness classes at the UC RecCentre in 8 months (or 217 days to be exact, if you sign up from the get go).   If you haven’t done the math already, it’s 3-4 classes per week, a nice healthy amount of exercise to keep you happy and healthy. We have separate prize categories for those reaching 100 classes and for those reaching 50-100 classes.  There are plenty of spot prizes along the way too, as well as encouragement and rewards for attaining milestones.  In all, we have $1000 in travel vouchers from helloworld Fendalton, and a further $500+ in spot prizes along the way. 

What’s the investment?
Can you really put a price on your health and wellbeing?  Yes, yes you can.  For the tiny sum of $15 (or $10 for earlybird sign ups), you get a wee training booklet to collect your stamps each time you attend a class, and within that booklet around $25 worth of discounts and freebies.

How do I sign up?
Glad you asked. You’ll need to visit the RecCentre and sign up at the counter.  We’ll have a short registration form for you to fill in, you’ll need to give us your monies, and then we’ll issue you your class training diary.  We’ll start taking registrations from Thursday 15 March, and bonus, if you sign up between 15 March and Sunday 18 March, you can get yours for just $10! The challenge starts on Monday 19 March… keep your booklet in your gym bag and collect those stamps at every class.

Win a free entry!
We’re giving you loads of ways to win your registration for free.  First up, attend our Zumba Masterclass on Thursday 15 March at 6.10pm.  We’re giving away five free registrations on the night.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a Zumba master, as they say, there are no mistakes in Zumba, just accidental solos! We’ll also be selecting two lucky people who register before Monday 19 March to win their registration back. Make sure you follow our facebook page as well, because we’ll be sure to give some away there too…

For more information, check out our website, we have a whole page dedicated to the 2018 helloworld Group Fitness Challenge (or you can ask our instructors and reception team).

See you soon at the RecCentre.

Group fitness: Pink Shirt Day mega class

Pink Shirt Day is a day to celebrate diversity and show support to reduce workplace bullying.  So, that will explain the large numbers of UC staff wearing pink on Friday 26th May.   At the RecCentre, we can’t wait until Friday, so we’re holding a super special Pink Shirt mega class on Wednesday 24 May and we’d love for you to be there!

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What is a mega class, you ask?  Multiple instructors and 90mins of exercise fun.  We’ll rumble through the range of classes we offer at the RecCentre, for about 10mins of each.  So don’t worry – if the thought of Zumba or HIIT frightens you, it will all be over quite quickly. Or who knows, maybe you’ll try it and end up discovering something new that you love! Dress up pink and be in to win prizes for best dressed. We’ve got spot prizes too!

Your RecCentre membership is free if you’re a UC student.  If you’re not a member yet, sign up online now so we can activate your membership, or you can do it at the desk when you arrive.

Want to bring a friend, but they’re not a UC staff/student or member of the RecCentre?  They can, but they will need to pay our usual $11 casual visitor fee, and be over 16yrs of age.

A quick recap…
Wednesday 24th May
5.10pm start time (so get here by 5pm)
90mins of awesomeness
PinkShirt Theme (optional but encouraged)

See you there (in pink!)
RecCentre Team