LSU wins cool-shaped pool contest with new swimming hole

One of the outdoor pools at Louisiana State University is shaped like the letters LSU. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

I get twitchy if I can’t swim or run or bike or hike or move in some way when I’m on the road – and I travel a lot for my job (and fun).

Today I’ve landed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for my niece’s wedding. I brought my running shoes along for the trip,. but it’s hot and muggy here today. I’m staying at the hotel on the Louisiana State University campus, so I decided to wander across the street to the LSU recreation center.

Mind blown.

The indoor running track hangs from the ceiling. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

The university recently opened a new outdoor swimming pool, plus indoor facilities including a suspended running track, cardio room, hill repeat ramp, training stairs, climbing wall and basketball court. There’s even what they call a “leisure river.” (I asked if it was a “lazy river,” and was immediately corrected. Apparently no lazy students here.)

I grabbed a quick mile in the pool.

I feel steadier already.


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