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Welcome back to campus, students! In one short week you will begin classes and slowly see your planners fill with club activities, work schedules and exam dates. Before things start getting too busy, take the time during Welcome Week to get outside and do something fun! In spirit of the Rio Olympics this month, WSU is holding the #PurpleGoesGold Photo Contest, where students can submit photos of themselves exploring campus and Winona for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Not sure of what to do for a photo op? There are plenty of fun activities to do around Winona! Here are a few:

1) Go for a bike ride

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If you don’t have a bike of your own, you can rent a bike for five hours at a time for free at the Student Resource Center in the lower level of Kryzsko.

2) Rent outdoor equipment

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You can rent outdoor equipment and enjoy a full day canoeing, kayaking or disc golfing. Winona’s Lake Lodge Recreation Center is another great option for renting equipment for some outdoor fun.

3) Rock climb

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The university’s Climbing Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-6pm if you want to take on one of the largest university climbing walls in the Midwest. There are also spots around Winona to climb outdoors!

4) Go to the gym

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Take advantage of the IWC track and workout equipment! The gym hours are Monday – Friday 6am-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-10pm.

5) Play volleyball

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Sand courts are located near residence halls and you are able to rent a volleyball from the hall’s front desk or use your own ball! Playing a volleyball game is a great way to make new friends and get to know your floormates.

6) Play frisbee golf and soccer

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There are soccer fields located by the Bandshell near the Lake Lodge and two frisbee golf courses wrap around the lakes. You can rent frisbee golf equipment through WSU or the Lake Lodge, as mentioned in #2.

Photo submissions will be accepted until Sunday, Aug. 21 through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtag #PurpleGoesGold when you post your photo. If your privacy setting is not set to public, you can message your photo to WSU’s Facebook. Voting will take place on WSU’s Facebook Aug. 23 and 24. The gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced Thursday, Aug. 25.

Have fun, Warriors, and go for gold!

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