The Recreation Department sponsors many one-time special events throughout the year. These events provide opportunities for members of the Rice community to come together and try out some unique and exciting recreational activities. Some examples of past Special Events are: Ship Rec'd, Flying Owls 5K, Buffalo Battle Adventure Race and National Sport and Fitness Day.
Welcome all Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students - Open House at the Recreation Center is Tuesday, August 28 from 6 a.m. to Midnight. All are welcome, including those who are not currently members of the facility!
Buffalo Battle Adventure Race
Calling all adventure racers! The Buffalo Battle Adventure Race offers participants a variety of challenges that are designed to push each team member physically and mentally. This is a team race that requires three members to compete against 30 other teams.
Every year the Recreation Center host a Family Day in appreciation of its members. If you have a Rec Center membership, bring your families to the Rec Center for a day at the pool with food, prize giveaways, face painting and fun activities for the whole family.
Flying Owls 5K
We encourage families, teams, students, runners and walkers to come out for a scenic run through the Rice University campus and for a post-race celebration with refreshments and entertainment. The funds raised through your participation in this event will contribute to providing educational opportunities that promote active and healthy living to the Rice students, faculty, and staff.
Join the Fitness Program and Muscle Milk for a free study break event that will help students relax and unwind.
February 22, 1950 is the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association’s (NIRSA) founding date, and in 1999, members voted to proclaim this a day for nationwide focus on the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness and wellness.We are celebrating this day with a Recapalooza!
Owl Golf Tournament
Come join us every fall at the Clear Creek Golf Course and show off your skills. This 4-Person scramble will have plenty of prizes, snacks, and, of course, fun!
Join us each year as we celebrate homecoming weekend and support our Rice Owls football team.Make this a mandatory stop on your way to the game and cheer on your team with a free popcorn filled megaphone!
ShipREC'd is a competition in which teams build boats made of cardboard in order to compete in a variety of events. Events include the 100 Yard Dash, the Marathon Challenge (most laps before sinking wins,) the Lifeboat Challenge (a person is added after each lap, until the boat sinks, the team with the most passengers wins,) and the Demolition Derby (minimum of two people per boat, and each team is given a bucket and can use it to bail water or throw water.)