Whether you’re looking for a fitness class, a fun run or just to play a game of basketball or baseball every once in a while, you can find all that and more at AU.

Students in a GroupX class

5K Fun Run

Join us for our 13th Annual AU Homecoming 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2024! 

Sponsored by Ashland University Recreation & Wellness and the Office of Alumni Engagement

Registration & Entrance Fee

Registration is required to participate. In-person and virtual options are available!

In lieu of an entrance fee, we ask that you bring an item to donate to the AU Campus Food Pantry. Items that are most needed include: peanut butter, squeeze bottle jelly (please, no glass jars), shelf-stable protein shakes & milk, cereal, fruit cups, canned/pouches of tuna & chicken, canned soup & microwaveable soup cups, pasta, canned tomato sauce, crackers (Ritz & saltine), shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tampons, feminine pads & liners, deodorant.

The first 100 in-person registrants will receive a free 5K designed t-shirt. T-shirt size availability cannot be guaranteed and only adult size t-shirts will be available.


Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. and take place in front of the Rec Center (1000 King Road, Ashland, OH 44805).

The Rec Center will be open at 8 a.m. to change and shower before and after the race, as well as to secure coats and bags.


The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. for runners and walkers.

Official results will not be recorded.

Please, no pets.


1st Place Male & Female: $75 AU Campus Store Gift Card

2nd Place Male & Female: $25 AU Campus Store Gift Card

Rec Center Summer Hours

Facility Hours

Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED.

Pool Hours

Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 4 – 6 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Climbing Wall Hours

The climbing wall is CLOSED over the summer.

Contact Information

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American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED and Lifeguard Certifications

Would you like to be able to give aid in an emergency situation? Or, would you like to gain the skills to guard at an aquatic facility? We offer training in both, as well as recertification.

Climbing and Bouldering

Climbing and bouldering are great ways to get fit and have fun. In fact, you’ll probably be so focused on getting up the wall or simply reaching your next hold that you won’t even realize what an intense workout you’re getting until much later.

Group X

Another way to have fun, work out and get physically fit is by joining Group X classes. Here are the facts about Group X:

  • Group X offers approximately 15-20 group exercise classes each semester that are attended by over 2,500 participants annually.
  • Classes are free to all Ashland University Rec Center members and are located in our 30-person aerobics studio and other areas of the building.
  • Certified group exercise instructors and other highly trained staff lead the Group X classes.
  • Incentive programs are available each semester, so you can get rewarded for working out!