SUNY Oswego Launches a Virtual Monday Mile Program

This fall, SUNY Oswego students will return to campus for a blended virtual and in-person class schedule. However, in response to public health recommendations regarding Covid-19, the school’s Campus Recreation, including all in-person sports and recreation classes, will remain closed for the fall season.

Despite this challenge, Owego’s Director of Campus Recreation, Sandra Keenan Jeffers, remained determined to continue to provide opportunities to be physically active. Enter the newly launched “Virtual Recreation” platform for students, faculty, and other SUNY Oswego community members. Virtual programs include intermural sports and fitness classes, scavenger hunts, and a weekly Monday Mile program.

The Monday Mile program, inspired by the pilot program at Syracuse University, will encourage students and faculty to walk or run a mile on or off-campus. Participants can join in the fun and record their progress through an app and are encouraged to submit a selfie picture to the rec department. For students, six walking routes have been marked and mapped across campus, with an additional walking map available online. The weekly Monday Mile has its place proudly on the campus’ activity calendar and prizes and incentives are offered for participants that turn in their results each week.

To learn more about implementing a Monday Mile program or promoting a weekly walking practice at your institution or workplace, visit our Monday Mile resources.