Lake Claire was filled with students, paddles and a slight sun shower on Saturday as the Paddlefest event was held to promote the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.

From noon to 4 p.m., the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center held the event filled with outdoor activities, including paddleboarding, games and volleyball, to help spread awareness about the national Campus Challenge, which is a competition between 57 schools to determine which university is the most outdoorsy.

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Through Sept. 6 to Oct. 17, each university aims to earn points by asking students to submit photos to of them doing an outdoor activity, said junior Aerospace Engineering major Nick Swann, who works at the UCF Climbing Tower.

“This is our second annual Paddlefest, and it’s also the second year we’ve been in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge,” Swann said. “Last year, there were nine schools, and it got a lot of attention.”

Out of the nine schools in the running for the challenge, UCF student Berlin Herrera won most outdoorsy person of all universities.

Visit to enter and compete to win the challenge prizes: National Outdoor Champion, the school with the most outdoor-activity points; Outsider of the Year; or Most Outdoorsy Person.


Rachel Stuart is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at

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