Nearly no one attends Nearly Naked Run

Megan Bennett / Sun Star

At the fourth Nearly Naked Run on Saturday, Sept. 6, race organizers had to sprint after biology student Jesse Kleijka when he failed to realize he had finished the course and continued to run.  Two students stripped down to donate their discarded clothing to the Fairbanks Resource Agency Closet Connections in the fourth annual run.

Sun Star reporter Megan Bennett takes her first few steps of the 2015 Nearly Naked Run on Sept. Bennett was one of the two participants in the run. According to event organizer Josh Hovis, they were expecting at max 2 people, as compared to the 30 which have came in the past. - Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

Sun Star reporter Megan Bennett takes her first few steps of the 2015 Nearly Naked Run on Sept. Bennett was one of the two participants in the run. According to event organizer Josh Hovis, they were expecting at max 2 people, as compared to the 30 which have came in the past. – Zayn Roohi / Photo Editor

“Me and my friends did it together last year,” Klejka said. “It was all a tradition and we even wore our friend’s dresses she didn’t want anymore.”  This is the second time Kleijka has participated in the race.

This year, due to unexpected weather and icy conditions, the turnout was lower than usual.  In past years, 30-50 runners have done the race. Because of the low turnout and icy paths, The running course was shortened to about a 300 meter run from MBS complex to the observation point across from Reichardt instead of it’s typical endpoint at the SRC.

FRA, Fairbanks Resource Agency, is a nonprofit partner and supplier of donated items for Value Village thrift store. With Closet Collections, FRA earns funds from the donations delivered to the thrift store to assist Interior Alaskans with disabilities and their families.

For the last four years, the UAF Students Activities office has facilitated the event.

“It’s a fun way to get people to donate, aside from just having a clothing drive,” Jared Conrad, UAF Student organization assistant, said. “It adds some competition and fun to it.”

This year, due to unexpected weather and icy conditions, the turnout was small. The running course was shortened to about a 300 meter run from MBS complex to the observation point across from Reichardt instead of it’s typical endpoint at the SRC.

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