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Rec Day

Join us as we celebrate all things recreation from February 6th - March 6th. Rec Day (also known as National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day) was established to focus on the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness activities, and wellness programs to Americans of all ages. It also represents the founding day of NIRSA (National Intramural Recreation Sports Association). Learn more about NIRSA right here. While there is only one official Rec Day, we are devoting a whole month  recreation.



Iowa Indoor Rowing Challenge - Saturday, February 13, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Masters ,open ,junior, and youth events available. Get a team together to compete in the Team relay. And don't forget to show your strength in the Super Rower Challenge! Open to all levels and spectators are welcome. Learn more and register here.

Show you Care-abiner Climbing Competition
Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Compete in various categories of gender and ability in this fun event designed to bring all types of climbers together to showcase your skills and enjoy climbing. Special prizes will be awarded to the wildest spandex costumes. Learn more and register here.

Intramural Wiffleball - Friday Night Series
Friday, February 19

Everyone’s favorite childhood backyard game is here again! Intramural Wiffleball is back for 2016 as part of the Friday Night Series. Pre-register your team by February 11 in order to compete. Learn more and register here.

Sunday, February 21 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Inflatables are now in the diving well of the Natatorium. Thanks and have fun! Learn more here

Inner Tube Water Polo - Friday Night Series
Friday, March 4

Enjoy the excitement of water polo and the convenience of an inner tube! This is a great way to get some exercise, have some fun, and get a chance to win an Intramural Champion T-shirt!

Pre-register your team by February 11 in order to compete. Learn more and register here.

Tropical Indoor Triathlon
Sunday, March 6 at 8 a.m.

Make the most of winter by competing in the 5th Annual Tropical Indoor Triathlon! The triathlon consists of 10 minutes swimming, biking, and running sections. This is the perfect opportunity for triathlon newbies and experienced athletes alike! Individual and team options available. Triathlon teams consist of three members, any gender or age combination.

10% proceeds go to UI Dance Marathon 

Learn more and register here.

What is NIRSA

Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, NIRSA (National Intramural Recreation Sports Association) includes nearly 4,000 highly trained professional, student, and associate members throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries. Serving an estimated 5.5 million students who regularly participate in campus recreational sports programs, NIRSA members are actively engaged in many areas of campus life: student leadership, development, and personnel management; wellness and fitness programs; intramural sports; sport clubs; recreation facility operations; outdoor recreation; informal recreation; and aquatic programs. University of Iowa Recreational Services is a NIRSA member.

History of NIRSA

On February 22, 1950, Dr. William Wasson organized twenty African-American men and women intramural directors from eleven Historically Black Colleges to attend the first Intramural Conference at Dillard University in New Orleans.  The National Intramural Association (NIA) was formed.  Dr. Wasson served as the first President of the association and is considered the founder of the NIRSA.  The NIA eventually became the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in 1975.  February 22 is now the National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day (also known as Rec Day) and is celebrated across college campuses throughout the country