Everybody knows the Power Center is where you go to lift weights, run on the treadmill, and jump in on one of the many group fitness classes. Yet, it’s not the only place that you can get out and active.
Duquesne’s sprawling (and hilly campus) is sprinkled with physical activities high and low. You just have to know where to look for them.
We’ll spare you having to break out the campus map. Here are the best activities to work up a sweat and where to find them.
At Duquesne, you’re able to play roller hockey and street hockey without having to yell “CAR!”. Game on. Directly below Towers Living and Learning Center is a hockey court, available for all the twisted wristers and knucklepucks you can serve up. Aside from your standard playground pick-up, intramural street and roller hockey leagues play their games here.
When the weather’s nice at Duquesne, you better make time for a field day. A McCloskey Field day (or night under the lights). It’s the field smack dab in the middle of campus adorned with the beloved Duquesne Duke at midfield. Whenever there isn’t a Dukes practice, you can run around on the turf or use the four-lane track that outlines it. Try intramural flag football or soccer on McCloskey.
Have you tried swimming for exercise? It’s a killer cardio workout. At Duquesne, students and student-athletes alike are invited to use Towers Pool, located in the Towers Living and Learning Center. The pool features 6 lanes, each with a diving platform and 25 yards of real estate to work with. Check the schedule before you go so you don’t jump in with the Dukes swim team.
If you’re a Duquesne student and frequenter of South Side nightlife (we know you are), you may be all too familiar with the Duquesne University’s almost-famous steps. Starting at the mouth of the riverside entrance to the Armstrong Tunnels, prepare yourself for the daunting challenge of 179 steps. Straight up to Bluff Street. Add these to the end of run or make them into an entire workout…on more than just Friday and Saturday night.
If you’re wanting something more naturally challenging, look no further than the hill leading to Gumberg Library. Challenge yourself to a sprint and endurance workout as you motor up this challenging incline. Backpacks optional.
You should head outside for a run. And while your journey may start on campus, you may find yourself heading south before long…for good reason. The South Side plays home to its namesake Riverfront Trail. It’s a beautiful 5-mile path along the Monongahela for walkers, hikers, bikers, and runners. Spend an hour or spend the day in the South Side. Just remember you’ll have to hike back up the Duquesne Steps to get home.
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