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Mario Karts race across campus

Ever wanted to play Mario Kart in real life? Well, here is your chance. A Live Mario Kart Race will take place on the first Friday of May. Stop by the workshops to build your own real-life Mario Kart out of cardboard boxes and race them to win a free Nintendo Switch.

The Recreational Center at Texas A&M University-San Antonio will hold a First Friday Live Mario Kart Race from 7-9 p.m. May 3 on the east lawn.

Mario Kart is a racing game made up of go-kart-style video games by Nintendo. Mario and his friends race on a unique course and often use items to sabotage each other.

The Rec Center will offer two workshops to give students the opportunity to decorate their Mario Karts for the race. At the workshop, the rec center will provide cardboard boxes, paint, stickers and other basic necessities. Extra designs will be at students’ own expense.

The first workshop is scheduled for noon-3 p.m. on April 16 in the Science and Technology lobby, and the second workshop 11-2 p.m. on April 19 in the Central Academic Building Rotunda. Supplies are limited, so make sure to reserve your spot on Jagsync.

Attending the workshop gives students a first-hand look at what the race course will look like.

Students who participate in the event make the most of the $100 recreation fee they pay each semester by giving them a chance to win a free Nintendo Switch gaming console and other prizes

The first place winner of the Live Mario Kart Race will win a Nintendo Switch valued at approximately $300. In order to win the race, a competitor must earn the fastest overall time. For safety reasons, racers will participate in different heats.

Mariah Gonzalez, marketing and design assistant for Recreational Sports said a $100 recreational fee is paid by each student per semester.  She encourages students to participate in these types of free events to take advantage of what they’re already paying for as part of their tuition and fees.

“They are not getting their money’s worth that they are putting into the school, so they are able to participate in something,” Gonzalez said. “But we’re also giving away free prizes and one of those things is a Switch which is valued at like $300.”

Second and third place winners are chosen based on the Mario Kart creator’s best effort, creativity, originality, likeness and functionality. Students do not need to participate in the race to have their carts judged for second and third place.

Students who want to participate in the race must reserve their spot in JagSync, spots are limited.

Recreational Sports will supply free food for racers and spectators. The Recreation Center encourages all students to come out and participate.


About the Author

Alexis Velentzas
Alexis Velentzas
Alexis Velentzas is a senior communication major and a minor in psychology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Velentzas graduated from Floresville High School in 2015, a year earlier than she was supposed to. In high school Velentzas was an athletic trainer; there she realized how much she loved health and fitness. Now, she interns as a Social Media Editor for El Espejo Magazine. Velentzas enjoys writing about health and fitness, and encouraging people to be as active as possible.

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