Students and Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex staff danced, practiced CPR on training dummies and won prizes during the building’s fifth annual Rec Fest last Friday.

The event was geared toward students and gave them the opportunity to learn about fitness in a socially engaging atmosphere.

“Rec Fest is held to celebrate National Recreation Day, which is a holiday recognized by the collegiate recreation association that focuses on recreation and fitness,” said Adriana Lugo, a fourth-year hospitality student and special events assistant at the BRIC.

“We try to get new and fresh events every year so I think next year’s event will only be bigger and better,” said Lugo.

As they walked in, students received a card to keep score of the activities they completes, as well as a free t-shirt with ‘Rec Fest 2018’ printed on the front.

Students were most enticed into practicing fitness activities through the stamp card that could later be exchanged for raffle tickets once completed.

“It makes people happy to come out, win prizes and try new things,” said Lugo.

Prizes ranged from a bike, to a Fitbit, Apple Watch and even Lakers tickets.

Not everyone’s motivation for attending the event stemmed from winning a prize.

Many students were content with receiving free food for attending the event.

Students received free breakfast burritos from Cal Poly Pomona’s food truck, the Poly Trolley.

The Jamba Juice inside the BRIC extended its hours in an attempt to get extra customers from the event.

“I came for the food and ended up getting first place in one of the games upstairs,” said Husam Elyo, third-year mechanical engineering student. “I’m happy that I came to Rec Fest.”

The BRIC broke out of its usual services and offered classes and games that are out of the typical weekly schedule.

In one room, students danced in a zumba activity with colorful lights flashing about.  

At another booth, guests played a game simulating the smartphone app angry birds, where a stuffed animal bronco was slingshot toward boxes that were representative of things that cause us stress, such as relationship problems.

Students also participated in a game that involved the completion of an obstacle course while in a giant padded bubble.

“I like that you get to meet a lot of new people inside and you get to try things you wouldn’t get to try on a normal day,” said Jocelyn Jenkins, first-year food and nutrition student.

Events were new for most people and kept everyone at a close proximity, which allowed for plenty of social interaction.

Some students arrived with friends and others had the opportunity of meeting new people at Rec Fest.

At the free photo booth, students displayed their best silly faces and laughed as they hurriedly threw on props with their friends.

Many bonded over the excitement and newness of the games.

Elyo said he met people while playing outdoor games and he thought Rec Fest was a break from studying for his last few midterms before finals week in March.

The BRIC also used Rec Fest as an opportunity to advertise cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes and other fitness classes.

With an infant dummy lying on a table at a booth, people could not contain their curiosity and asked what it was about.

A BRIC member informed students about CPR-related safety and some students learned how to practice CPR.

Students participated in CPR training workshops and learned about getting certified. (Ruth Olivares | The Poly Post)

“I learned that the BRIC offers CPR classes, which I didn’t know about but am interested in trying,” said Elyo.

While everyone at the event had a fun time, Elyo believe advertising of the event could have been improved.

Restrooms inside the BRIC had flyers advertising the event and it was also displayed on Associated Students Inc.’s Instagram page.

Jenkins, like most others, attended the event because of her friends’ interest.

“Whoever didn’t come this year should try to come next year,” said Jenkins. “It was a really fun event that I am looking forward to next year.”

The next Rec Fest will take place around the same time as National Recreation Day.

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