San Antonio eagerly awaits your arrival for the 2017 NASPA annual conference. While the smells of fajitas and the sounds of mariachi bands will suggest a festive city and active nightlife, there is more to offer. San Antonio is a terrific running town! The heat probably keeps this off the top lists, but that shouldn't be a major problem in March, when temperatures may be warm, but not scorching hot and humid! There will be guided morning runs Sunday through Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. (meet at 6:15 a.m.in the Grand Hyatt lobby). Within a few short blocks we will find ourselves on the historic San Antonio Riverwalk. While known for its restaurants and social-life, there are areas north (Museum Reach) and south (Mission reach) that are perfectly suited for beautiful runs in lesser developed areas of the Riverwalk.
Pack your running shoes and light running clothes and please join us to work off those Fiesta calories and enjoy gentle runs of about two to three miles, though we are always happy to do more! Once you know the lay of the land, venturing out for longer more rigorous runs is simple as breakfast tacos.
The running host will be David Tuttle, Dean of Students from Trinity University. Dean Tuttle leads a group of his students in the Annual Dean of Student Half Marathon Challenge as part of the Rock 'n' Roll series, and knows where all the water fountains are located in San Antonio.
We also have an assortment of other Wellness Activities lined up for you! Every morning beginning Thursday, March 9 and ending Tuesday, March 14, from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. there will be fitness classes taking place at the Grand Hyatt. See the schedule below. This year we are offering Yoga, Bootcamp, and Zumba!
Here is some information about your #SAFit Instructors!
Aaron Tuttle is currently working on his Masters in Kinesiology at UTSA. He loves building relationships with the participants in his class! He currently holds the following certifications: NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist & American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED.
Mariah Zuniga is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Athletic Medicine at UTSA. She started working at the UTSA Campus Recreation center in the spring of 2014. Her favorite part about teaching is getting to interact with the participants and helping them grow in their fitness journey! She currently holds the following certifications: AFAA Primary Group Ex, YogaFit Level 1, Schwinn Cycling, and POP Pilates (in progress).
Kristen Keith is a student in the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She teaches Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, and Foam Rolling classes at the UTSA Campus Recreation center. In Spring of 2018, Kristen will graduate with her Master’s degree as a Registered Dietitian.
Roberto C. Gelacio is a student at UTSA majoring in Political Science and will be receiving his Bachelor's Degree this May. Roberto joined the UTSA Rec fitness team in Fall 2015 as a Zumba Instructor. He has a passion for dancing and enjoys every minute of it! He got Zumba certified at age 16 and has been instructing ever since.
NEW this year are our Wellness and Health sessions taking place in the Exhibit Hall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. See below for schedule!
Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Workplace Stretches / Chair Yoga
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Listen to Your Body: Using Biofeedback to Reduce Stress in College Students
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Stress Down With Pet Partners — Had the Chance to Pet a Dog Today?
Don’t forget that chair massages will be available in the Exhibit Hall from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday!
Join in one of the many activities we have lined up whether it’s taking a run or taking a break from your day to pet a dog in the Exhibit Hall! You are sure to find something to keep your body and mind strong!