PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s Student Recreation Center marked its one-year anniversary today (Feb. 22) with a physical fitness challenge and gathering.

During 2001, the center attracted more than 572,000 users. Eighty percent of the students who were charged a user fee for the center used it, said Sharae Randall, marketing coordinator for University Recreation. The average visitor used the center at least once a week. Similar facilities at other institutions are used by about 60-75 percent of the student body, Randall said.

The center garnered awards from Athletic Business magazine for its design and function and the Washington Park and Recreation Association for excellence.

“The Student Recreation Center has every option for recreation and conditioning. You could not find a club in the United States with such choice and luxury. And, the best part is the open, friendly and skilled people who make it work,” said WSU President V. Lane Rawlins. “It is a real asset to WSU and reflects our world-class environment.”

Rawlins said he uses the center three to four times a week, particularly the track and weight-cardio area.

The All Campus Challenge today encouraged visitors to participate in recreation and leisure activities at the center from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. WSU faculty and staff could attend for free, and those who participated received a free T-shirt and sports drink. The challenge was in honor of National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day.

The informal 4 p.m. gathering in the center’s lounge included remarks from Charlene Jaeger, vice president of Student Affairs; Glenn Ford, associate vice president of Student Affairs; and Jesse Keene, Associated Students of WSU president.

For more information, contact Randall at (509) 335-5753.