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University currently leads the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge


TWU students participating in Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

TWU is vying to win the title of National Outdoor Champion to get the most people from a college or university outside and active. 

DENTON – Texas Woman’s University currently is the number one university in the nation participating in the in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge — the national initiative that connects college students and their communities to the outdoors — kicking off Sept. 6.

To date, more than 900 TWU students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community have signed up to participate on the TWU Outdoor Nation team. TWU is ahead of such prominent universities like the Ohio State University, Arizona State University and Oklahoma State University. TWU is one of only two universities in Texas, along with Stephen F. Austin University, participating in the challenge.

“This event is a great avenue to encourage our community to get active in the outdoors and enjoy a little competition while doing it,” said Karrie Fletcher, assistant director of fitness and recreation at TWU. “We encourage our community and the Denton community to continue to register to participate so we can win this challenge.”

To join TWU’s team, register online at More detailed information and frequently asked questions can be found on the TWU Fitness and Recreation website at

During the competition, which takes place Sept. 6 through Oct. 17, TWU Fitness and Recreation will be organizing activities on campus and throughout the City of Denton, including scavenger hunts, geocaching, outdoor group exercise classes, bike trips and many other events. Prizes provided by national sponsors and TWU Fitness and Recreation will be awarded to active participants throughout the six-week event.
Participating in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge competition fits in with TWU’s long history and reputation as a leader in educating health care professionals in Texas and the nation. It also aligns with the university’s newly announced Integrated Health and Well-being Initiative.

In May, Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge announced that 57 schools representing 31 states are participating in the six-week Mother-Nature-meets-March-Madness-style competition to determine the National Outdoor Champion.

The 2015 Challenge is presented by The North Face and The REI Foundation. Other sponsors include Adidas, Chaco, Osprey, Coleman, CamelBak and Backpacker among others.

“We all know that after high school even the most active young people can start to slow down. There’s a cliff effect when kids move away from organized, hometown sports,” noted Marc Berejka, President of The REI Foundation. “Spending time outdoors is just fun and it’s good for you. We’re hoping that the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge can inspire young people to incorporate outdoor adventure into their college and post-grad lives.” 

“More than ever, people need opportunities to connect with and explore the natural world,” said Ann Krcik, senior director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. "We are excited to be a founding partner of this groundbreaking initiative, and even more so to see the positive results of so many young people getting outdoors.”

The 2015 Campus Challenge aims to engage young people in outdoor recreation — rewarding schools with the most outdoor activities logged by the most people in their campus network (students, faculty, alumni and local community). The school with the most participants and outdoor activities will be named the National Outdoor Champion, and the top individual will be crowned Outsider of the Year.

“Outdoor Nation believes in empowering young people to motivate and mobilize their peers to get into the great outdoors,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that founded the Outdoor Nation initiative. “We are thrilled to welcome 57 schools — a 500 percent increase over last year — into the 2015 Campus Challenge for a little friendly competition with an ultimate goal of activating a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.”

Written by Karrie Fletcher

Assistant Director of Fitness and Recreation

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