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Bonnaroo may not be the ideal place of most for physical fitness, but the farm did offer plenty to its athletically conscious campers this year.
In this year’s Bonnaroo (’Roo) guidebook there is a statement that reads, “You can’t radiate positivity without energy. We want to make your body move at Bonnaroo. That’s why this year our active lifestyle program is bigger and better than ever before.”
The active lifestyle program in which the guide refers too is a combination of many different physical activities.
Campers are encouraged to start mornings off with yoga sessions directed by several yoga professionals.
From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. an instructor was on the Solar Stage conducting in front of hundreds of campers.
Four yoga classes were instructed during the time frame of each day. The order of the classes is as follows, restorative, meditation with the Isha Foundation, vinyasa, and breathing with the art of living.
Back for the second year now was the Bonnaroo run 5k, a 3.1-mile trek in true ’Roo fashion, which consisted of runners wearing everything from traditional running gear to a two-man elephant costume.
The run began at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and was set on a course that covered a large section of the grounds.
Non-running campers were encouraged to cheer on from the sideline as the runners passed looking like the oddest parade one might ever see.
Aside from the examples named above, there were several non-organized athletic options.
Nearly everywhere you looked in Center Roo, the main stage and musical performance tent, there were ultimate Frisbee or small groups of yoga in full swing.
A beach volleyball court, complete with sand and a net, was constantly in use sunup, to sundown.
’Roo management was even conscientious of its sports enthusiast campers.
A new addition called the Kalliope Stage was added featuring a giant screen that was often used to broadcast NBA Finals and World Cup games.
If the dancing, and walking wasn’t enough of an exercise ’Roo was sure too provide alternatives this year, making for several happy campers whom seemed to enjoy the extra activities.