Need to Get in Shape? Grab Your Tennis Shoes for ‘Walk UCSD’
By Ioana Patrigenaru | June 1, 2006
|Jill Townsend, Judy Lane, and Michelle Corcoran (L to R) of the Office of Special Events and Protocol often enjoy a lunchtime walk to the glider port. They plan to participate in Walk UCSD.
Want to get in shape for the summer? UCSD has just the program for you.
Dubbed “Walk UCSD,” the program will launch at noon Friday on Sun God Lawn Swhen Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will lead walkers on the ‘Sun God Stroll’. Students, staff and faculty are all invited to take part, said Recreation Director Dave Koch.
“The goal of the program is to encourage a healthier, more active campus,” he said.
Walking is a great low-impact workout to stay in shape, he added.
“Not everybody wants to get into hard-core, sweat-till-you-die activities,” he said.
A suggestion in an e-mail from a staff member to the Chancellor ignited the spark that finally led to the creation of the program, Koch said. “Walk UCSD” has several components, all available on the program’s Web site: walk.ucsd.edu
Walkers can chose between nine campus routes with varying levels of difficulty and playful names. A map for each route can be printed from the Web site. The half-mile Med School Mosey and Sun God Stroll are the shortest and easiest routes. The four-mile Campus Loop is the longest route. It takes walkers through Eleanor Roosevelt College, then by RIMAC, Warren College, Sixth College, the Gilman parking structure, the School of Medicine, Revelle College, Muir College and Thurgood Marshall College. Walkers are welcome to create their own routes, Koch said.
They also can keep track of their mileage on the program’s Web site. The university plans to offer incentives, including T-shirts and water bottles, when walkers reach certain goals, Koch said.
|Walk UCSD kick-off
When: noon on June 9
Where: Sun God lawn
What: Chancellor Marye Anne Fox leads participants on a half-mile walk, registration, healthy goodies give-away
For more information: walk.ucsd.edu
The Web site also will offer walking tips and healthy recipes, Koch said.
“It’s a good thing,” said Judy Lane, special events and protocol director in External Relations.
Lane and co-worker Jill Townsend walk two to three
times a week from their office at the Torrey Pines
Center to the glider port. On colder days, they walk
on campus. But they don’t know how many miles they
log, Lane said. The program will provide them with
a great opportunity to try new routes and keep track
of their exertions, she said.