Special Events

Registration for Winter  Recreation Special Events is open.

For information about these upcoming Recreation programs, contact Jess Walker.

MacEwan vs NAIT Challenge

Join your fellow students, staff, and faculty as we take on year two of our MacEwan vs. NAIT Challenges. These challenges are Free for everyone to participate in. Individual prizes are available for top performers and also drawn at random!

2017-18 Challenge

Challenge Date Winning School Outcome
Bike (time in hours) Oct 23-29, 2017 MacEwan  University 116.5 Hours Total
Jersey Day Nov 17, 2017 MacEwan University 136 Participants and $414 raised.
Treadmill (time in hours) Jan 22-26, 2018 MacEwan University 534.81 miles or 860.7 km
Squat (reps) February 12-16, 2018    
Group Fitness March 1-31, 2018    

Winter Challenges

Treadmill Challenge

Take your pick: walking, light jogging, running, or sprinting! With the weather outside quite frightful, this week-long treadmill challenge encourages physical activity indoors. Track your treadmill distance from Jan 22-26 at the MacEwan University Sport and Wellness fitness centre desk! The school with the longer cumulative participant distance wins! Any and all distance on the treadmill during this week counts toward this Treadmill Challenge. Prizes will be drawn for participation and for the longest cumulative individual distance. 

Squat Challenge

The Squat! A functional full-body movement that targets glutes, quads, and core. It’s a natural movement pattern in your everyday life. Whether your goal is to increase strength or tone up for skiing or snowboarding season, the squat can help. Track your squat Reps from Feb 12-16 at the MacEwan University Sport and Wellness fitness centre desk! The school that tracks more squat reps wins! Any and all squat types count toward this Squat Challenge. Prizes will be drawn for participation and for the highest cumulative individual squat reps.

March-Your-Way-to-Fitness Challenge

Lace-up your runners MacEwan (or put on your 80’s aerobic attire), and we’ll see you in the studio! For the whole month of March, attend as many group fitness classes as you can and enter your name into the draw each time you participate. Fitness or Aquatic-based Registered programs, Value-Added classes, and Drop-In all count toward this challenge. Prizes will be drawn for participation and, also awarded to the individuals who attend the most group fitness classes in March. Winners announced April 2!

Fall Challenges

Jersey Day

Over $414 was raised for KidSport and 136 people took jersey pictures on Jersey Day to help MacEwan take a 2-0 lead over NAIT.

Bike Challenge

With a whopping 116.5 hours spent spinning, MacEwan leads 1-0 in our MacEwan vs. NAIT Challenge Series. The Bike Challenge was the first of five challenges happening this school year! 

2016-17 Recap

MacEwan won the 2016-17 school challenge series with a 3-2 win a gainst NAIT, see below for a recap of the events. 

Winter Road Trip

Winter Road Trip- Dogsledding, Snowshoeing, Skating, Skiing/ Snowboarding

Paradise doesn’t have to be tropical… the snow and mountains are calling! This two-day Jasper-area trip allows you to experience dog-sledding, skating and/or snowshoeing and skiing/snowboarding in the majestic Canadian Rockies. From mushing a sled with furry huskies to the great downhill terrain at Marmot Basin Resort, you won’t want to miss this incredible weekend getaway.

ONLY 40 SPOTS AVAILABLE! Registration is in person only and opens at 7 a.m. on Monday, January 29, 2017.  This trip is only open to MacEwan University students who have paid their Sport and Wellness Fee (enrolled in 6 or more credits/term at MacEwan University) and are 18 years of age or older. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis and you’ll need your MacEwan University student ID card.

Sat- SunFeb 10-115:30 a.m.-9 p.m.93073Jasper, ABMale- $245
 Sat- SunFeb 10-115:30 a.m.-9 p.m.93074Jasper, ABFemale- $245

For more information on the trip (such as registration process, itinerary, activity information, and what to bring), please read the Trip Information Package.

Yoga Rave

Day Date Time Code Location Price
Yoga Rave Namaste! Or should we say “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat”! This one of a kind event pairs the healthy lifestyle of yoga with the fun filled atmosphere of a rave. Qualified yoga instructors will lead participants through various yoga poses while local DJ’s spin hard hitting beats. Doors open at 6 p.m. and spots must be pre-purchased in advance! Entrance to this unique BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat). The Yoga Rave is open to everyone! Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 18 at 12 p.m.
Thu Jan 18 7-9 p.m. 93035 Paul Byrne Hall Student
Thu Jan 18 7-9 p.m. 93071 Paul Byrne Hall Member


Where can I register?
Please pre-register either online or in-person at the MacEwan University Welcome Desk in Building 8. Registration is open until Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 at Noon.
What I can expect?
We’ve got you covered. Check out footage from our 2017 Yoga Rave!
Will there be tickets available at the door?
Yes, with prices remaining the same! However, the event does sell out so we encourage people to reserve their spot prior to the event.
Will I receive a printed ticket to the event?
No, please bring photo ID which we will match to our “Guest List”.
Will donations be made to Mental Health?
Absolutely! Please bring donations of gently used yoga mats and equipment. Donations will support Inner Peace Project in their quest to conquer mental health.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Although this is a dry event, guests must be 18+* to attend. Valid photo ID must be presented at the time of sign-in. *Exceptions will made to MacEwan students ONLY who are 17 years old.
What time will doors be open?
Doors will be open at 6 p.m. and the Yoga portion of the event starts at 7 p.m.
What time does the Yoga/Dance portion of the event start?
Our guest instructor, Andre Arsenault will start the yoga portion at 7 p.m. followed by music provided by guest DJ HA HA. Prior to start time have some fun with body paint, glow sticks, the photo booth, social media, and the music!!
Is there anything to do after the Yoga Rave is over?
Yes! Stay and dance to the DJ’s sounds, more body painting, and snacks and treats.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Bring your ID, a YOGA MAT*, water bottle**, and yourself! Wear white, brightly coloured clothing, fun costumes, or tasteful rave clothing. Prepare to Glow-In-The-Dark with black lighting, glow sticks, and body paint!
*We have a few extra yoga mats to borrow in case you don’t have your own.
**Please do NOT bring glass water bottles or large gym bags.
Where is Paul Byrne Hall?
Paul Byrne Hall is located in room 9-115 of the Robbins Health Learning Centre (Building 9) at MacEwan University City Centre Campus. Access to this hall is from the 2nd floor West staircase of the building. The address is: 10524 110 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3C5.
Are you on Social Media?
Of course! Follow the Yoga Rave Facebook event for full event details and updates! Share with your friends!
How can I contact the organizers with any questions?
Jess Walker, 780-497-4022
Jenni Varughese, 780-497-5411

Learn 2

Learn 2 Ski/ SnowboardAre you looking to try something new this Winter? Or are you interested in going on the Winter Road Trip but don’t know how to ski or snowboard? We can help you learn how to shred some powder with your awesome new moves! This Learn 2 program offers individuals an opportunity to gain the basic skills and knowledge required enjoy a new activity. Registration includes a lesson, ski or snowboard and helmet rental, and transportation to and from Rabbit Hill Snow Resort. No experience necessary.
ThuFeb 13:30-10 p.m.95213Rabbit Hill Snow ResortStudent Ski- $40
ThuFeb 13:30-10 p.m.95214Rabbit Hill Snow ResortMember Ski- $50
Public Ski- $60
ThuFeb 13:30-10 p.m.95215Rabbit Hill Snow ResortStudent Snowboard- $40
ThuFeb 13:30-10 p.m.95216Rabbit Hill Snow ResortMember Snowboard- $50
Public Snowboard- $60

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