Release Your Eagle Spirit!

CRI hosts two races during the fall semester in recognition of our Eagle Spirit- Iron Eagle Challenge and the True Blue 5K.

These two races are on back-to-back weekends in October. The True Blue 5K being on October 11 and Iron Eagle Challenge held on October 18.

Iron Eagle Challenge

The Iron Eagle Challenge is a partner adventure race through campus, where partners must bike, paddle, and run through the designated course while completing mystery challenges along the way. The mystery challenges will be both mentally and physically engaging.


Personally, I have never competed in the Iron Eagle Challenge, though I really want to! I have had friends run it and say that it was incredibly fun and a definite challenge.

“I’ve done the Iron Eagle twice, and both times I had a blast! It’s impossible to make it through without many episodes of laughter,” said Amanda Kepshire, Iron Eagle Challenge participant.


“The Iron Eagle will help to develop camaraderie in a challenging way while learning about an individual and teams strengths and weaknesses,” said Phillip German, Southern Adventures Graduate Assistant. “It helps individuals problem solve, learn about themselves, and have fun all at the same time.”

Food will be available at the end of the race, and prizes are awarded for best team costumes, best placed finishers, and a number of other giveaways. Participants also receive an Iron Eagle t-shirt.

“The first year I did the race, my partner and I dressed up as Buzz Lightyear and last year my team was Batman and Robin. People really go all out with their team names and costumes,” said Kepshire.


True Blue 5K

The True Blue 5K, is just that.. a 5K. Racers will race through campus beginning and ending at the RAC.

Though I haven’t participated in the Iron Eagle Challenge, I have done the True Blue 5K twice. The first time I did it was two years ago, and it was the first race I had ever done in my running career.

Now as I’ve said before, I am not much of a runner – but it was still fun. There were volunteers scattered throughout the course who would cheer you on as you ran by them.

Some of the racers had some extra fun by dressing up! At my first race, there were two people dressed as Smurfs and another dressed as a fairy. Last year, there were people with superhero capes and frilly tutus.

President Keel even ran my first time! Along with GSU President, other local Statesboro celebrities will participate in the race.


So even though it’s an early morning race, people still have a lot of fun!

“The marching band drumline, the cheerleaders, and GUS are there to kick off the race and cheer for us at the finish line,” said Emmy Richards, Group Fitness Program Director. “There is food at the finish line and awards given for top finishers in their age groups. Early registration also guarantees you a t-shirt!”


Participation is open to all ages ranging from babies in strollers to grandparents and even your four legged friends can tag along. Keep in mind that you don’t have to run if you don’t want to, there are always people who choose to walk the course!

If you are part of an organization earning Homecoming Points, if anyone in your organization registers by October 3, they can earn points for the organization.

“The True Blue 5k really kicks off game day excitement and GSU spirit!” said Richards.

If interested and want to register visit:

True Blue 5K:

Iron Eagle Challenge:

My First Time in the Meadow

Madness in the Meadow is just that… madness!

I had never attended one of these non-traditional outdoor workout programs that CRI offers on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

I went on Thursday afternoon, not knowing what to expect. I am moderately fit and so I thought I would give this program a whirl. I showed up at the RAC Pavillion and joined the group of others wanting a good workout.

Warm-ups consisted of two easy laps and a few dynamic stretches of butt kicks and toe touches. Concluded by EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) sprints. We would run and rest in the span of one minute and then rest, the faster we ran the more rest we got.

I am not a runner, cardio and I are not friends. So those sprints were killer. It wasn’t a far distance that we had to run; so I was able to make it through but it was more challenging for me than it might have been for others.

After the sprints, the two instructors showed us the day’s actual workout. We would be doing two 12 minute AMRAPs (As Many Reps As Possible). The first AMRAP would be 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 20 overhead lunges. We would repeat that workout set as many times as we could within the 12 minute period.

My arms are not incredibly strong or muscular and I have never managed to do a pull-up in my entire life. Luckily, we had big bands that were wrapped around the bars that we could put our feet in to help pull us up to the bar. The band allows for participants to still perform the exercise, but in a modified way to build strength.

So by the time the first 12 minutes was over, I looked like I had just gotten out of the shower I was so sweaty from the combination of the heat and the exercise. But we still had one more AMRAP to go! So after a quick water break we began again. This AMRAP would be 12 medicine ball throws, 12 medicine ball rainbows, and 12 power snatches with an empty keg.

This one was slightly easier for me because since I do Olympic Weightlifting anyway, I was pretty decent at the keg snatches, and after learning my lesson the first AMRAP, I stuck to a pretty light weight for the medicine balls.

When the instructor finally called time, I was ready to head home. But instead, we had one more mini-workout before we were able to cool down. We partnered up, and while one partner did 12 burpees, the other had to hold a plank. I do not like burpees, they are the bane of my existence. But my partner and I powered through it.

Finally, at the end of class, we toned it down with a traditional cool down.

Madness in the Meadow was definitely an experience, and it was definitely a great workout. If I had to describe it, I would say it was just like outdoor Crossfit.

I will probably go again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a different yet intense workout.

Find Your Niche with Club Sports

Last week was the Club Sports Fair! Over 26 clubs gathered together to promote their club and to gain new members.

“We had a better turnout than we’ve had in a couple of years,” said David McConnell, Club Sports Graduate Assistant.

Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Archery, and Southern Anglers all did well in recruiting new members during the fair.

Now, most people are under the impression that club sports are for the elite. Club Sports are not only for the elite, many Club Sports are open to anyone with an interest in the sport.

Unlike intramural sports, Club Sports are usually for both fall and spring semesters. This elongated playing time allows players more time with their team and sport. Participating in a club may offer the opportunity to travel frequently around the Southeast to compete against other colleges and universities!

There is something for everyone in Club Sports!
We currently offer:






Southern Explosion (Dance)

Men’s Ultimate

Women’s Ultimate



Men’s Lacrosse

Women’s Lacrosse


GSU Run (Cross Country/Track and Field)


Men’s Rugby

Women’s Rugby

Southern Anglers


Men’s Soccer

Women’s Soccer

Men’s Volleyball

Women’s Volleyball

Mixed Martial Arts

Southern Cheer

And if you missed out on the fair, no worries! There is still the opportunity to join the club of your choice. Most of the clubs accept new members throughout the year, so anyone who’s looking to join a club can get in contact with Dave McConnell at or Steve Sanders at or contact the club directly by visiting

CRI is excited for another year of Club Sports! We’re anticipating growth in our teams and more wins for Georgia Southern!

What is Wellness and Why Should I Care?

Wellness. What in the world is that? Wellness is a very vague word that can have multiple, broad meanings. Wellness could mean losing weight to one person, having some quiet time at the end of the day to someone else, and to another it could mean making sure to turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

If you’re still confused, the University Wellness Program can help by breaking it down with the seven dimensions they use to define Wellness here at Georgia Southern.


The goal of the University Wellness Program is to cultivate a balance of all seven dimensions in order to help students have the best college experience possible while helping them to be well rounded and successful.

For example, you don’t want to spend too much time socializing and neglect your classes and schoolwork, because your primary reason for being here is for academics. However, on the flip-slide of that, you also don’t want to spend all of your time studying and miss out on meeting new people, getting involved on campus, and making connections that could help you in the future.

In order to help students become more well, the University Wellness Program hosts various events each semester that target one or more of the seven dimensions. Keep an eye out for Be the Change Week at the end of October as well as Put Wellness in your Wednesday, which takes place once a month.

For more Wellness info, visit the Wellness Blog and the Student Health 101 Magazine

CRI has got you covered!

Welcome back Georgia Southern!

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful summer and is looking forward to this brand new semester!

What better way to start off this new semester then to get involved and try something new? Now, the start of a semester is always shaky with trying to get things organized, and you may be hesitant about what it is you want to do with your free time. But never fear, CRI has got you covered. Whether it is aquatics, club or intramural sports, general fitness, weekend adventures, rock climbing, or one of our specialized events, just turn to the CRI website to fulfill any desire or interest you might have.


Interested in aquatics but don’t know how to swim or are looking to get better? No worries, swim lessons and swim clinics are offered.

Just want to have fun in/near the water? Check out Eagle Luau on Sept. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. or the Dive-In Movie on Sept. 12 at 8:30 p.m. Try swimming along with the football team by participating in Swim the Sun Belt, which starts now!

Club and Intramural Sports

Sporting events always bring people together while offering the opportunity to make plenty of friends and memories! So whether you are a hardcore athlete or just wanting to have some fun there are teams to join.

Intramural sports are beginning now so form a team with a group of friends, students in your Resident Hall, or sign up as a free agent. All registration is done online! Keep an eye out for Kickball, Fall Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Dodgeball, Flag Football, and even Cornhole will be open.

Check out the Club Sports Fair on Monday, August 25 at 6 p.m. in the RAC if you are interested in getting involved. There will be over 30 club sports teams there for you to meet and join.


Not interested in anything specific but just want to become fit? Well check out one of the Group Fitness classes, there are multiple offerings of the same class so that you can find the one that best fits your busy schedule.

If you are looking for a more non-traditional program, check out Madness in the Meadow held outside, providing a change from the typical workouts. That starts on August 25 at 5:30 and is every Monday and Thursday. If you are a lady and want to improve your strength and learn about proper weightlifting techniques, attend Women and Weights on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 starting on August 27. Both programs are first come first serve so come early!

Southern Adventures

Looking to go on some adventures? Rent awesome gear from our Rental Center and take advantage of our knowledgeable staff to help you plan your trips! Like to rock climb? Then check out the 45 foot rock wall in the RAC, hours can be found here. Or go to one of the Bouldering Night Out events, with the first one being on August 28 at 7 p.m.

If you are interested in just learning new skills, then look into some of Southern Adventures skill clinics with the first Belay Clinic beginning on August 21 at 7 p.m.


And don’t forget, throughout all of your new experiences, post photos, tweet us and do status updates to show how you #RACLife.

Speaking of #RACLife, compete in some of the CRI contests to win a free #RACLife t-shirt. Just follow us @GSUCampusRec on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so you can know all the details!

On behalf of CRI, I wish you all the best of luck this year and I am looking forward to seeing some new and familiar faces at the RAC and at our other events.

Summer at the RAC!

If you’re sticking around for summer, the RAC is where it’s at!

Summer Facility Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6 am – 10 pm
Friday: 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

Here are some things to take advantage of during your summer at Georgia Southern:

  • Smaller crowds in the Fitness Center
  • Summer Intramural Sports- including basketball, softball and sand volleyball
  • Gear rental from the Southern Adventures Center
  • The Tri-Eagle Challenge 
  • The fabulous outdoor pool
  • Group Fitness classes Monday – Thursday

We look forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces at the RAC!


April Club Sport of the Month

Congratulations to Baseball for being named the Club Sport of the Month for the month of April! I had the privilege of speaking with the club vice president and head coach, Matt Cowart, to find out some great information about the club. 

1. What is a tradition your team has?

The biggest tradition our team has is to allow our players to play at least one series in Clements Stadium per season. Most of our players had scholarship opportunities coming out of high school but chose to turn them down to pursue academics here at Georgia Southern. Being able to play in Clements Stadium lets the players get a small taste of college baseball.

2. Why do you like playing Club sports at Georgia Southern?

Playing club sports is the most enjoyable experience for me while at Georgia Southern. Having played baseball since I was five years old, club baseball gave me the opportunity to continue playing the game that was so hard to walk away from at the end of high school. In addition, club sports provide the opportunity to relax your mind and stop thinking about schoolwork for a few hours a week. I believe that club sports provide a great outlet for the participants that will overall lead to well-rounded students.

3. How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

Our team practices twice a week, generally on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Typical practices last about two hours. Each practice begins the same with light running, stretching, warming up, and then a round of infield/outfield. After that, we work on the areas that we struggled with the most during the previous weekend’s games.

4. What is it like to travel and play different schools?

Travelling to play at different schools is always fun for the guys on the team. They get to see a different city and spend more time with their teammates than they do while here at Georgia Southern. This leads to greater bonds between the players, which benefits the team both on and off the field.

5. What is your best memory while playing in tournaments?

My best memory while playing with the club baseball team is this entire current season. With this being a season for rebuilding, it was hard to stay optimistic while approaching the beginning of the season. But as the season has progressed, our team has come together and shown steady improvement each series. It has been a joy to see the way this year’s team, including the returning players, have had a completely optimistic attitude from day one this season.

6. What if someone is interested in playing baseball? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

If anyone is interested in playing club baseball they can find our team information on the CRI website and contact Ben Smith or myself, our contact info is on the website. We hold tryouts during the fall and this information will be posted on the website closer to the upcoming fall semester.