Vassar Fit Trail

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July 24, 2011 by Darlene McC

I spent the last week working with New York Stage and Film, a great theatre company that spends it’s summer in residence as Vassar College.  A larger-scale WordBRIDGE (with a much broader focus), they’re up there helping to shape some of the best upcoming American Theatre ~ in the past they’ve helped with the development of American Idiot, Spring Awakening and decades of straight plays; and its hard not to feel creative and connected at Vassar

Vassar’s campus is amazing!  It’s a national arboretum and the grounds team does an impeccable job keeping it up.  In my early wanderings on campus I came across a few ‘fit-trail‘ stations.  If you’ve never seen a fit trail, they’re short running trails with stops for conditioning, flexibility, and strength training; but there was no map and no indicators of where the next stops were along the trail.  I also couldn’t find any maps on-line and the grounds guys I met weren’t sure either…. so I had a hunting hobby while I was up there:


On the first day I found 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 14, & 15 with a long ridiculous run around the west side of campus to hunt for stops in between.  I found some maintenance guys the next morning and got a few tips that eventually lead me to 8 and 9 (which was a little rough given that I didn’t know any names of places on campus); unfortunately, 8 was buried in ivy and largely inaccessible.  The next day I came through again and 8 was cleared!  I think I now have an angel on the grounds crew; though it seems a letter to the athletic department to let them know that people really do like the trail and they should fix the broken ones might be in order.

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