February 2012 Archives
"What a rush!!! I've raced in triathlons and running events all over the US and also in several other countries and the Gopher Adventure Race rivaled the very best in organization, especially for such a new event. I was so impressed with all the race volunteers and with the creativity of the race events. That was the most fun I've had since...well, since last year's Gopher Adventure Race! I look forward to participating again in 2012!"
-Ness Madeiros, University of Minnesota Kinesiology Graduate Student
"My experience with the Gopher Adventure Race was valuable and a great hands on learning tool, that will help me immensely towards my future goals in the recreation industry! While using a limited budget and resources, I have gained tremendous publicity and event marketing experience that no class room could ever teach. GAR provided a unique opportunity to understand what creativity and thinking out of the box truly means while developing teamwork and communication skills. It was exciting to work for a great event, especially knowing that it is still growing and improving at a young stage."
-Nam Pham, University of Minnesota Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies Student
"The Gopher Adventure Race is a test of endurance that engages you physically as well as mentally. It is equally enjoyable and immerses you in all sorts of activities you may not have had the chance to pursue regularly during your time on campus! I loved the excitement perpetuated by the DJ at the kick off which gave me a chance to shake, literally, my nerves off and the thrill of the competition. It was blast!"
-Samantha Landvick, University of Minnesota Undergrad Student
"My experience with GAR was completely positive. I didn't know what to expect but was from start to finish I had fun, learned about the campus, got a LOT of physical activity, experienced a very well run event, and was happy I decided to participate. I loved the diversity of challenging activities we got to experiences from fencing, rappelling down the armory tower, wheelchair basketball, rowing on the erg machine, orienteering and much more! For me, it was also fun to see our Kinesiology students in action, helping to run the event and cheer us on. I would encourage anyone to sign up!"
-Dr. Nicole LaVoi, University of Minnesota Kinesiology Faculty
"I really wanted to do it with someone in my family because we all enjoy The Amazing Race tv show and we are an outdoor kind of family. I loved rappelling down the Armory, looking for plants in the garden, and portaging the canoes"
-Sharon Moe, University of Minnesota Undergrad Student
"One minute you're playing wheelchair basketball, and the next you're figuring out Greek letters on fraternity row"
-Peter Moe, University of Minnesota Alumni
"As a Student Services adviser, I wanted to support the efforts of our students and the program with the Gopher Adventure Race. We had no idea what we were getting into, but we had a great time. I learned about the enormity of the U of M campus, experienced the challenges of navigating the world in a wheelchair, and enjoyed the exhilaration of fencing and rappelling down the Armory. I would encourage every member of the campus community to participate next year, not to win the race, but to challenge yourself"
-Don Riley, CEHD Academic Adviser