Wisconsin Welcome

Welcome to campus, Active Badgers! With a mix of in-person and virtual events, we’ll show you all the ways you can play hard, get fit, and live well. All you have to do is find what moves you (don’t worry, we’re here to help).

Show us how you’re moving throughout Wisconsin Welcome by posting on social media using the hashtag #ActiveBadger. We’ll randomly select winners all month to win prizes like t-shirts, backpacks, water bottles, and more.


Light of the Moon 5k

Date: Monday, September 20 – Sunday, September 26
Location: Virtual
Registration required: Yes

Run or walk your race on your own time and at your own pace. Submit your time to see how you stack up against other Badgers and be entered to win free prizes. Not sure where to run your race? Read more about our favorite 5k spots in Madison.


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Free Group Fitness Classes presented by American Family Insurance

Date: Wednesday, September 8 – Tuesday, September 14
Location: Nicholas Recreation Center
Registration required: Yes

Enjoy free group fitness classes for the first week of school, on us! Our instructors lead fun and motivating group workouts designed for all fitness levels. Whether you want to connect to your breath with yoga or pump up the beat with Zumba, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our wide variety of classes.


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Essential Oil Workshop

Date: Wednesday, September 15
Time: 4pm, 5pm, & 6pm
Location: Allen Centennial Garden (Rain location: DC Smith Greenhouse)
Registration required: No

Roll your way to self-care by making your very own essential oil blend with us at Allen Centennial Garden. Learn about different essential oil blends, make your own to take home, and then use your blend for a scent-based mindfulness practice. Drop into any one of the three sessions being offered.

Sunday Skate

Date: Sunday, September 5
Time: 3 – 4:30pm, 6 – 7:30pm, and 9 – 10:30pm
Location: Shell
Registration required: No

Meet us on the ice for a night of free skating. All you have to do is show your Wiscard, and we’ll provide the ice, the skates, and the music. There will even be free pizza provided by Ian’s Pizza (while supplies last). Prizes include free skate passes, t-shirts, Rec Well gear, and more. Ice skate rental is included if you bring your Wiscard.

Laser Tag

Date: Monday, September 6
Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm
Location: Near West Fields
Registration required: No

When night falls upon Near West Fields, we’ll turn down the lights and turn up the lasers. It’ll be your mission to try and score points for your team around inflatable obstacles. Prizes include t-shirts, Rec Well gear, intramural sports passes, and more!

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Nick @ Night

Date: Thursday, September 16
Time: 7 – 10pm
Location: Nicholas Recreation Center
Registration required: No

Almost as good as your favorite late-night TV show, this event will feature a variety of activities like fitness classes, curling, skill challenges, inflatable pool obstacle course, glow-in-the-dark bingo, and more! Come learn about everything we have to offer.

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At the event, there will be dozens of tables and activities for you and your friends to participate in. When you arrive, you’ll receive a passport stamp card. Any activities you complete will result in one of our team members stamping your card. Once you acquire 6 stamps, hand in your passport at the front table for a free t-shirt!

Free Group Fitness Schedule

6:15 – 7:15pm: Glow-in-the-dark Zumba in Elevation

7:30 – 8:30pm:  Glow-in-the-dark Barre in Elevation

7:30 – 8:30pm: Candlelight Yoga in Momentum

8:00 – 8:45pm: Glow-in-the-dark Cycling in Revolution


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We are committed to offering inclusive and accessible programs. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in one of our programs, attend an event, or use our facilities, please contact us at (608) 262-0297 or accommodations@recwell.wisc.edu.