Personal trainer Jenny Schatzle kicked off her free campus workout series yesterday at noon.
The 45-minute workouts are part of the UCSB Alumni Association’s efforts to encourage interest in the UCSB Running Series, which consists of three races to fundraise for student scholarships. Schatzle will host the exercise sessions every Tuesday on the lawn across from the Chemistry building.
Schatzle said she hopes her all-inclusive training regime will maximize community participation in the series.
“We’re trying to get people who are intimidated or who have never done an event to get out and do one,” Schatzle said. “We want to get everybody riled up and ready to go, that’s what Team Schatzle is all about.”
Schatzle’s said participants could burn up to 600 calories over the course of a single workout.
According to Amisha DeYoung, a third-year global studies major, Schatzle’s workouts are grueling and arduous.
“You’ll be dead the next day,” DeYoung said.
The Running Series will begin on Jan. 29 with Romeo’s Four Miler — a reinstatement of the classic Santa Barbara couples relay. The festivities will continue on March 5 with the Shamrock Five Miler — an individual race leading participants through UCSB’s West Campus and the streets of Isla Vista. Lastly, the Gaucho Gallop will conclude the series on April 30 and mark the commencement of the All Gaucho Reunion.
Proceeds from the project benefit the Office of Financial Aid’s Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. The races have raised $19,000 over the last three years. John Lofthus, assistant director of the UCSB Alumni Association, said he expects this year’s event to yield $20,000 — doubling last year’s income.
Lofthus said the project is fundamental to the student body.
“We see it as a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the need for scholarships,” Lofthus said. “It lets us talk about [the need for student scholarships], make it an issue, but to do it in the context of a fun event.”
The Running Series is sponsored by Citrix Online — a Santa Barbara-based company founded by UCSB alumni.
Citrix Senior Internal Communications Manager Liz Werhane, a UCSB alumna and former Daily Nexus managing editor, said the company likes to promote its alma mater’s activities.
“Citrix Online sponsors the Running Series because it supports scholarships through a healthy activity,” Werhane said. “We also like staying connected to our roots.”