Special Events

UConn Recreation seeks to provide a wide range of events that highlight collaboration and promote tradition building. We are proud to partner with numerous campus departments to implement innovative and meaningful opportunities for students to grow individually while building our campus community.

Fall 2021 Events



Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM
Location: Sherman Turf Athletic Field (If it rains: Fieldhouse (with masks)
Description: ZumbaTHON 2021 will be our first ever ZumbaTHON outdoors in the fall! Join us for a fun day while supporting the children and families at Connecticut Children's! Zumba will be taught by licensed UConn Rec instructors; we'll have giveaways, tables, refreshments, and more!
Registration: Donate $5 before the event, or $8 at the event. All registration fees go back to individual Donor Drives!

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No Man's Land Film Festival

Date: October 17, 2021
Location: Student Union Theatre
Time: 6:50pm doors open; 7:00pm showtime
FREE for UConn Students

Sunset Yoga

Sunset Yoga

Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Time: 6:30PM
Description: We celebrate the start of another school year with this annual UConn Bucket List event:  Horsebarn Hill Sunset Yoga. We hope you enjoy this scenic and relaxing way to finish the first week of classes. Namaste.

Indoor Triathlon

Indoor Triathlon [Completed]

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Time: 8:00AM
Description: UConn Rec presents Indoor Triathlon! Participants are allowed to compete in this triathlon individually or as a team of 3. The event consists of a 500 yard pool swim -> 8 mile stationary bike -> 2 mile treadmill run. Indoor Triathlon is open to anyone with UConn Rec access. All finishers will receive a participation t-shirt, sweat towel, and a water bottle! More prizes for the top finishers!

Emma Yoga

Climb 2020′ Challenge

Dates: November 2 - 8, 2020
Details: Can you climb 2020 feet in one week? Take our challenge at the UConn Climbing Center! All new climbers must register for, attend, and complete a 15 minute Basic Climbing Center Orientation prior to participating.
Prizes!: Participants receive a "Get Over 2020" T-Shirt for all who climb 2020 feet!

All events register online with RecRegistration.

All events register online with RecRegistration.

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DATE: February 8, 2020
TIME: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
LOCATION: Hugh S. Greer Field House
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Road Dogs Training Team

Registration: Before March 1
Training Dates: Saturdays, starting February 8
Race Day: April 5
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Connect & Challenge 1-Day Retreat

DATE: March 1, 2020
TIME: 8:45am - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Student Recreation Center
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Annual Events


Bubble Soccer

Sometimes the best offense is a good defense! The rules are the same as normal soccer…except all players are in giant inflatable bubble suits trying to knock down their opponents. Bubble Soccer is a popular 4 on 4 tournament played in the Shenkman Football facility the Friday night of Spring weekend.  

Huskies Forever 5K

UConn Recreation and UConn Alumni team up to host the annual Homecoming 5K event during Huskies Forever Weekend. All are welcome to participate in this closed road, certified, and chip timed 5K that takes runners, joggers, and walkers through the heart of UConn’s campus. For future Huskies there is also a Lil’ Huskies Kids K that takes place on the Sherman Track. All participants receive medals, t-shirts, goodie bags and an awesome post-race buffet breakfast!

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Road Dogs

UConn Rec Road Dogs is a community of runners that will get you ready to meet your race day goals. Whether you are new to running and looking to tackle your first long distance race or you are a seasoned runner, our group will offer something to benefit all levels and abilities. Fun, camaraderie, and motivation will always be our focus. Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, & Community are all welcome to participate!

Challenge & Connect (C²)

  • 2018/2019 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour (Canada/USA)

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Set your sights on adventure each fall as UConn Rec’s Outdoor team hosts a screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The screening is a compilation of highlights from the award winning films of Canada’s Banff Center Mountain Film Festival.  Don’t miss epic stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe! This years event will be on September 23 in the Student Union Theater. Doors open at 6:30pm.


UConn Rec is the host site for this annual 18-hour Dance Marathon. HuskyTHON is the culmination of an annual fundraising effort for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The event takes place every February in Greer Field House with thousands of UConn Students participating. In 2019 HuskyTHON set a new fundraising record by raising $1,328,402 for the kids! #FTK

  • Photo Credit: Milton Levin / UConn Rec

Sunset Yoga

We celebrate the start of every school year with this annual UConn Bucket List event:  Horsebarn Hill Sunset Yoga. Come and enjoy this scenic and relaxing way to finish the first week of classes. All skill levels are welcome! Namaste.

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Traditionally held the weekend prior to HuskyTHON, UConn Rec’s team of ZUMBA instructors takes over the Field House with fun and fitness to kick off HuskyTHON week. This 4-hour, non-stop dance party is sure to get your heart pumping for a great cause!

Canoe Battleship

Six Canoes Enter…Only One Finishes Floating!  It’s a wild, crazy, wet week in the UConn Rec Pool as crews of four try to sink each other’s battleship. Armed with Buckets, Shields, and Water Cannons each team will do what it takes to stay afloat or be sent to Davy Jones’ Locker.

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Glow Up the Night 5K

Ready, Set, Glow! It is an annual tradition to kickoff Spring Weekend in style on this closed road, certified, and chip timed 5K that takes place just after sunset. This nighttime event takes runners dressed in neon, glow necklaces/glow bracelets, and glow sticks around campus and back to our post-race party on Fairfield Way. All participants receive medals, t-shirts, goodie bags, and items that glow in the dark!



UConn Student Alumni Association, UConn Rec and UConn Alumni team up each year to host this annual Spring Weekend mud volleyball tournament on the fields behind North Campus. OOzeball has been a celebrated tradition for over 35 years at UConn and was previously chosen by Sports Illustrated as the “Best Mud Volleyball” in the country. This all day tourney is a Bucket List event for UConn Students and is on everyone’s “Must Do” list before graduation!