The Gopher Adventure Race
This highly successful event was held for four years from 2010-2013 as an academic learning tool for the students in the Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies program. Students in 7 different Recreation courses along with a student Executive Committee under the direction of the Race Director planned and operated this extremely complex adventure challenge. Open to University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty and alumni, team of two completed physical and mental challenges and deciphered clues that led them all over the Twin Cities campuses and surrounding community. Both adventurous and educational, participants learned a great deal about what an outstanding University we have and the tremendous “gems” located here.
No other University campus in the U.S. sits on a National Park allowing racers to go from canoeing in a National Park, to creating art at a famous art museum, to a 60’ repel off of the Armory tower, to a Natural History Museum to milking a cow and making butter all in one day!
The race course was new every year providing new challenges and experiences to all participants.
RPLS students learned about event planning, management, sponsorship, media promotion, public relations, organizational skills, staff supervision, partner development and many other important areas that are essential in the Recreation industry.
After four awesome, successful years presenting the race, we are moving on to other adventures. The program will now be providing other hands-on learning opportunities for the students. The Outdoor Recreation and Education Minor and many other courses within the RPLS Major have several community collaborations and hands on projects which providing valuable learning experiences for the students in this program.