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.

All events register online with RecRegistration.

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trick or treat 2020

FRIDAY 10/30
Trick or Treat 

@ Fairfield Way


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Costume Climb


Dress up in your best costume this Halloween and come join us for a climb at the Climbing Center!
Our Climbing Center will be looking spook-tacular all day! We will have many tricks or treats on the wall for our climbers!

Make sure to have one of our staff take a photo of you in your costume to be entered into our costume contest. The top 5 costumes will be voted by our climbing center staff and will win a UConn Recreation chalk bag! 


Don't miss out on an awesome evening of climbing spirit!


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FRIDAY 10/30

"Dive In" Movie

Come float with us in the Aquatic Center for a SPOOKY Friday night movie showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas!

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Floats will be provided by UConn Rec and all participants will receive a beach ball, a water bottle, and Halloween candy!

Check in begins at 6:45pm
Movie starts at 7:30pm

Be sure to arrive early to grab the best float in the house! You won’t want to miss this spooktacular event!

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Full Moon Hike


A full moon on Halloween only comes around approximately every 20 years! Join us for a Halloween Hike through the UConn Forest and over Horsebarn Hill. Werewolves are likely to be joining us, so roster space is limited...don't be afraid...sign up today!

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2020 CT Collegiate Virtual 5K

Registration: 9/29 - 10/25
Race Dates: October 22, 23, 24, 25
Eligibility: All Connecticut college students, alumni, faculty/staff, friends and families
Participation and Spirit Prizes awarded to entrants who upload their race results along with a social post tagged #CTrunstogether

Emma Yoga

Virtual Sunset Yoga

Release Date: September 4, 2020
Duration: 50 Minutes
Details: Join UConn Rec Yoga instructor, Emma, for the 6th Annual Sunset Yoga ~virtually~ at Horsebarn Hill

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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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!

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!

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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.

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


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


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!

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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.

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!


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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!