Julia Neal

Favorite Activity inside the Rec:
Swimming, Rock Climbing, & Cycling

Favorite Activity outside the Rec:
Running, Trail Running, & Backpacking

Favorite Quote:
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." --T. Roosevelt, 1910

About (paragraph about you):
In 2003 I hiked the Appalachian Trail and ended up finding a lot of love of the outdoors and physical activity in general.  I decided to attend The University of Akron for a degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Management and a minor in Biology.  I worked at the recreation center as an outdoor adventure recreation specialist during my studies and fell in love with the recreation sector.

I am married to a great man, Paul, and we have 3 cats and a dog residing with us.  We enjoy participating in many activities from triathlons to marathons to long backpacking hikes. I try to challenge myself mentally and physically everyday.  I am now blessed to be the Manager Special Events here at recreation center and look forward to the challenges and rewards that this job will bring.