“Iron Ram” Challenge Calls for Rams and Rambelles to go the Distance

Ben Kelly CHP challenges ASU to Run, Bike and Swim this Week

By Ashlyn Dodson
On November 5, 2020

Photo by Ashtin Wade:
ASU student Jenna Calder got in a few miles on the treadmill after her workout in the CHP.

For the second year in row, the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance is hosting the Iron Ram Challenge, which is a fitness challenge for ASU students, faculty and staff. From Nov. 2-6, participants can complete a 1500 meter swim, 25 mile bike or 13.1 mile run to receive a free T-shirt. Participants are able to complete their challenge in one go or throughout the five day period on or off campus.

Jodi Jackson, assistant director of fitness, spearheaded the challenge, but this year looks different due to COVID-19 regulations.

“The first time was a little bit different. It was a triathlon, but due to COVID and some of the restrictions we have in this building, we changed it up where it was just a distance challenge,” Jackson said. 

Because participants were only required to complete one of the three options, distances required this year were higher than in the past. However, an additional T-shirt was awarded to those who completed all three. 

Despite this year’s restrictions, plenty of Rams and Rambelles are participating. As of Monday, over 50 people registered for the Iron Ram Challenge. The UREC posted the link to register in their Facebook and Instagram bios along with instructions for the challenge.

To track their mileage, participants picked up a punch card at the CHP Welcome Desk and used a smartphone, smart watch, fitness tracking device or one of the CHP’s machines to document their distance. Participants who took a picture of their mileage and showed the UREC staff received a card punch and free T-shirt.

Second year graduate assistant Jacie Klose worked closely with Jackson to organize the event. 

“She’s been the one to kind of put things together this year,” Jackson said. “She’s done an amazing job.”

This is not the first challenge the UREC hosted this year. In April, they encouraged staff and students to be more active with the “UREC Trek” and “Go for the Gold” challenges. Participants were rewarded with T-shirts. 

While the UREC plans to put on similar events, nothing is set in stone at the moment.

“Next semester, we’ll have to get creative,” Jackson said.

COVID-19 continues to present challenges, but staff and students at the UREC and across campus are working to create the best possible experience at ASU.

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