Dear Campus Community,
I hope you will join me and others from the Union community on Sunday morning, Sept. 19, for Back to U – a bike ride, run and walk to kick off a new and promising academic year.
Cycling has always been a way for me to relieve stress. I’m sure that many of you have also found that outdoor activities have been invigorating, especially during the pandemic.
I’ll be joining the cyclists at 8:45 a.m. at the Nott Memorial for a 12-mide ride along the Mohawk River. Runners will leave at 9:15 for a 5K run. Walkers will leave at 9:30 a.m. for a walk around campus. Finally, around 10 a.m., we’ll all meet at the President’s House for refreshments and music. (See schedule below.)
All are welcome, regardless of experience. We will not be racing but using this time to enjoy being together at a relaxed pace.
I’m pleased to announce that Olympic cyclist Emma White ’19 is planning to join us and share her experiences. As a member of the USA track pursuit team, Emma won a bronze medal at the recent Tokyo Olympics, and a world championship in 2020.
Many thanks to our colleagues around campus for organizing what I hope becomes an annual event to start the academic year with fun outdoor activities.
David R. Harris
The schedule – all activities start at the Nott Memorial
8:45 a.m. – Meet Charlie Casey (Communications and Marketing) for a 12-mile bike ride along the Mohawk River. (This is the same route we used during inauguration weekend in 2018.)
9:15 a.m. – Meet Kristin Fox (Chemistry) for a 5K run.
9:30 a.m. – Meet Sonia Sandoval ’16 (Learning Design & Digital Innovation) for a walk around campus.
10 a.m. – Gather at the President’s House for refreshments, games and music.