Fitness University

Fitness University is a free running fitness program for children ages 3 to 14 in the greater Nashua area. Developed in 1989 by the Gate City Striders, Fitness University is dedicated to promoting the importance of fitness, fun and good health. Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate.

Please also consider volunteering to help us with Fitness University. Our volunteers help make Fitness University a great, free event for our kids.

May 5th, 2021

Dear Fit U families:

I wanted to share some more details of how Fitness University is going to look this year. As you know, we still have to work within the COVID guidelines, as well as the guidelines set in place by the Y, since we are using their field this year as our location. Keeping that in mind, we have decided to limit the number of participants, especially since we will still be asking parents to stay with their children during the clinics. Here are some details as to what Fitness University will look like this year:

  • There will be two in-person sessions of Fitness University.
  • Session A will be held June 29, July 6, and July 13 from 6:15-7:15p.m. at the Merrimack YMCA. We will only be allowing 50 children to register for Session A..
  • Session B will be held July 20, July 27 and August 3 from 6:15-7:15p.m. at the Merrimack YMCA. At this time, we will only be allowing 50 children to register for Session B.
  • However, if we see that we can have more kids for Session B, we will open up registration again.
  • We are limiting all families to only sign up for ONE session. We are trying to have as many children participate in Fitness University this year as possible. If you sign up for both sessions, we will randomly assign you to a session so as to allow another family to partake in Fitness University.
  • We are leaving the last date - August 10th - as a possible make-up date, or field day for all registrants. That will be announced later.
  • While we are at the Merrimack Y, you will not be allowed to enter the YMCA facilities unless you are a member or for the sole purpose of using the restrooms. Masks must be worn at all times in the building, and all YMCA rules must be followed.
  • We are asking that parents remain on the field during the session so as to ensure child safety.
  • We will be asking everyone to stay socially distant and will be coordinating activities for the different age groups that abide by social distancing guidelines.
  • Mask wearing when not participating in physical activities will be strictly enforced.
  • We will not be having water stations this year. Please make sure that children bring their own water bottles for each session.
  • We will still have a virtual option for families that do not feel comfortable with an in-person experience or who miss out on registration for either of the in-person sessions.
  • We will continue to monitor the COVID guidelines, and change protocols as necessary.

    It is our hope to provide a Fitness University experience to as many children as possible, and to have it be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
    We will be opening up registration on May 15th for all sessions and a separate email will go out with that link! In the meantime, Fitness University is only possible because of our volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form here:

    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me!

    Thank you.
    Carolina Tumminelli
    Program Director - Fitness University
    Gate City Striders

    Kids warming up at Fitness University
    Kids warming up at Fitness University
    Kids wearing their new Fitness University T-shirts running at the Nashua High School South track
    Kids wearing their new Fitness University T-shirts running at the Nashua High School South track
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    Fitness University would like to thank our sponsors!

    Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
    The YMCA of Greater Nashua
    Willows Racquet Club and Fitness Center
    Atlantic Insurance & Benefit Company
    Enterprise Bank
    Haywards Ice Cream Nashua
    Altitude Trampoline Park
    Fitness University Volunteers