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Miles to Madness

COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Mississippi University for Women Campus Recreation invites you to be a part of March Madness.

Starting Saturday, Feb. 27, MUW Campus Recreation and 11 other institutions in Region 2 of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) will compete in Miles to Madness, a cardio competition that tracks mileage traveled by participants at each institution in whatever form of cardio they utilize: treadmill, stair climber, bikes, elliptical, rower or any form of cardio that tracks mileage. Participants also can run outside and catch a screenshot of their smart device showing mileage.

“Campus Recreation is calling out to all W students, faculty, staff and members to help us win the second-annual Miles to Madness Competition,” said Glen Halbert, associate director of facilities & intramurals. “We are competing against 11 other colleges to see who can track the most miles in cardio exercise from Feb. 27 to March 14. Help us beat the competition by following these steps: 1) work out (cardio); 2) take a picture of workout summary; 3) follow the QR Code prompts and 4) become a winner.”

QR CodeThe W students, faculty/staff and campus recreation members are allowed to participate. This is the second year in a row that The W will compete in Miles to Madness. Last year, COVID-19 prevented the event from being completed.

Each week, The W will compete in a bracket-style, head-to-head contest against another institution to obtain the most miles for that week. The winner of that week will move on in the bracket to face the next competitor until one school remains. If an institution gets put out of the bracket, it can still compete through March 15 to win the overall miles title.  

To participate, individuals can complete a cardio exercise, snap a picture of their results, then follow the link via QR code ( to submit results. The QR Code will be posted on The W Camps Recreation’s social media and on equipment at the Stark Recreation Center. There is no limit to the amount of times an individual can participate.

Giveaways will be given to participants at the end of each week. The winner of most miles completed will be announced at the end of the competition, as well as which institution completed the most mileage.

This event celebrates Recreational Sports & Fitness Day, which was Monday, Feb. 22. Rec Day is a time to remember Dr. William Wasson, whose work led to the start of NIRSA, a leader in higher education and the advocate for the advancement of recreation, sport and wellbeing.


Feb. 26, 2021
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