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Minnesota State Mankato wins first Treadmill-a-Thon

Victorious over St. Cloud State in campus rec event

Treadmillers defeat St. Cloud State in campus rec competition.

By Tanner Kent, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 4/28/2011]

A million small steps on a treadmill. One giant leap for campus recreation.

In the first-ever Treadmill-a-Thon against rival St. Cloud State, Minnesota State Mankato has won the arms race — er, foot race in this case. Minnesota State Mankato came in with 83.76 miles, and the Huskies had 81.62.

“I’m very happy,” said Jen Myers, fitness and wellness coordinator for Minnesota State Mankato's campus recreation department and organizer of the event.

During the 10-hour treadmill extravaganza, dozens of Minnesota State Mankato students and staff hopped on a single treadmill in the Otto Recreation Center to leg out as many miles as they could, as fast as they could.

Myers said the idea for a treadmill competition came to her at a conference last year. SCSU, she said, was a natural choice for an opponent. The event was a partnership between Myers and her SCSU counterpart to get students involved in “non-traditional competitive activities.”

Myers said she is always on the lookout for different ways to get students involved in recreation and exercise. She hopes the Treadmill-a-Thon becomes an annual event, complete with a traveling trophy and boasting rights.

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