Feb. 12, 2009
Runners to get 'Nearly Naked' for charity run March 7
The University of Iowa S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) Ambassadors will host the first Nearly Naked Mile Saturday, March 7, a charity event where runners will take off layers of clothing for donation to the Salvation Army before hitting the streets of Iowa City.
But organizers say that after stripping down, runners must wear clothing covering at least the bathing suit areas. "No buck naked runners are allowed," says S.T.A.T advisor Leslie Jensen. "Of course, being nearly naked is optional, but you must donate at least one piece of clothing to participate in the race. If being nearly naked is not your bag, feel free to wear a costume in the spirit of our fun race."
Online registration begins Monday, Feb. 16 at http://www.iowalum.com/nnm and is open to the UI community and students. The first 100 pre-registered participants will receive a Nearly Naked Mile 2009 T-shirt. Runners must attend the event to receive a shirt. Registrations will be accepted the day of the race.
The Nearly Naked Mile starts at 3 p.m. and will begin and end at Hubbard Park, with S.T.A.T. students directing runners along the course. Organizers will monitor the levels of appropriateness of the runners' garb before the race; UI Police will also be present.
Using sidewalks only, participants will run along Madison, Washington, Dubuque, and Market streets. Runners should arrive at 2 p.m. to check in and/or register, donate clothing, and to sign a liability waiver. Snacks, water, and hot chocolate will be available after the run. Z102.9 radio will broadcast from the site.
Several student groups at universities across the country have held Nearly Naked Mile events, such as the University of Northern Iowa, University of Wisconsin, Purdue University and Indiana University, but it is new to the UI. S.T.A.T. students wanted to bring a new communitywide event to campus and organize it on their own, Jensen said.
Race sponsors include the UI Alumni Association, Z102.9, Graphic Printing & Design, Collins Community Credit Union, Hawkeye Foods and Running Wild.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Leslie Jensen, UI Alumni Association, 319-335-3854; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, email@example.com