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  • Are 'Normal' 5Ks a Thing of the Past?

    by Mary Helen Sprecher September 2013

    Are there any plain ol' 5Ks any longer?

    (crickets chirping)

    Really, I have to ask. Doesn't anyone ever just run a 3.1-mile race from Point A to Point B (or if it's an out-and-back course, from Point A to Point A)?

  • Why Tennis and Running Are Growing in Popularity

    by Mary Helen Sprecher August 2013

    I love it when sports show growth. Any sport, any level, for any age, for any gender. It's just good, and it makes for a nice balance to all the ink given to childhood obesity and so forth.

  • Obstacle Racing Faces Obstacles of its Own

    by Mary Helen Sprecher August 2013

    A friend mentioned to me recently that the sport of obstacle racing is in its adolescence. Do you think that's accurate? Does a sport have to reach the teen years to be in its adolescence, or does 'adolescence' just describe a stage of its growth?

  • No-Score Youth Sports Policies Gaining Popularity

    by Emily Attwood May 2013

    This summer, a growing number of youth soccer teams in Ontario will be playing games without keeping track of goals scored, at least not officially.

  • Blog: Make Some Noise with Deaf Sports

    by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2013

    A few weeks ago, while playing in a self-refereed racquetball match, my friend and I had a moment where neither one of us could tell whether a shot was good.

  • Parks Departments Regulate Private Fitness Classes

    by Emily Attwood March 2013

    Santa Monica's Palisades Park is one of the city's most popular green spaces. Perhaps a little too popular. Stretching along the California coast, the park is an excellent place for a jog or leisurely stroll or just to relax and enjoy the ocean view. ...

  • Blog: A Simple Answer to a Simple Management Question

    by Andrew Cohen February 2013

    The very-active NIRSA Community forum - if you don't know, that's the place where college recreation professionals post job offerings and seek advice on facilities, management and equipment issues - tackles some thorny questions. So when a post appeared Monday headed "Need opinions on a tough situation," I donned my thinking cap and girded myself for something…well, tough.

  • City Offering Reduced Rec Fees on Poor Air Quality Days

    by Emily Attwood February 2013

    Residents in Salt Lake County, Utah, will have an easier time getting their exercise on days when the air quality outdoors is too poor. The council has approved a measure that cuts daily admission fees in half on "red air" days, or days when the Utah Department of Environmental Quality deems the air unhealthy due to increased levels of pollutants such as carbon monoxide. On such days, residents are encouraged to limit outdoor exertion, especially those with lung-related health issues.

  • Blog: Rugby Is Taking Good Advantage of Its Olympic Boost

    by Mary Helen Sprecher February 2013

    When rugby players take the field for the 2016 Summer Olympics, it will mark the sport's return to that big stage for the first time since 1924. Ninety-two years is a long drought, and really puts the loss of other sports, like baseball and softball, into perspective.

  • More Recreation Programs Using Tablet Devices

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    Last fall, Bobby Brown, a graduate assistant with the University of South Florida's recreation facilities department, started reaching out to other collegiate recreation professionals to ask about their experiences implementing iPads ...