SUNY Cobleskill Re-Opens Community Fitness Trail with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

SUNY Cobleskill is pleased to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Community Fitness Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony, on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm. The ceremony will be conducted at the starting point of the trail, adjacent to the Neil Robbins Field House parking area in the Crittenden Athletic Fields area on the SUNY Cobleskill campus. Local and campus community members are encouraged to attend the festivities, which will include a brief presentation, light snacks, and the opportunity to use the trail with demonstrations at each station.

Running in conjunction with the developing Cobleskill Creek Trail, the Community Fitness Trail is designed to promote physical fitness training in an outdoor environment, and allows for people with varying fitness levels to participate. The previous fitness trail was originally created in 1985 to honor former Athletic Director Fred Bennett. The new alternations and updates to the fitness trail marks an exciting collaboration between The Department of Sport and Exercise, the Student Affairs Department, and was kick started by an initial grant from Student Government Association.

“This project is an excellent example of several departments and community members working together to get a complicated project done. This fitness trail will directly benefit the health and wellness of students, staff, faculty, and local community members in Schoharie County” according to project manager and SUNY Cobleskill Coach and Educator, Diana Niland. “We’re very happy to see this come to fruition and we encourage families, individuals in the community, and members of campus to use this fitness trail to get outside and enjoy exercise in a fun environment.”

The fitness trail consists of a path equipped with stations distributed along its length for exercising the human body to improve health. Stations throughout the trail provide specific forms of physiological exercise, encouraging the participants to go from station to station at their own pace. The stations, which are manufactured products such as chin-up and climbing bars, are designed to provide physical challenges that improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and other health related physical fitness components.