Running the nippy, nearly naked mile

Gabe Garcia ditches his layers in preparation for the run. Sept. 29th, 2012. Lauren Fisher/Sun Star Reporter

Lauren Fisher/Sun Star Reporter
October 2, 2012

Participants assembled outside the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex wearing clothes they intended to donate, then stripped down to their skivvies in 35 degree weather to run the mile long distance down to the Student Recreation Center on Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The event was advertised mostly by signs around campus and on Facebook.  Patty and Andrew Miller, a mother-son team, discovered the event that morning when they decided to participate.  Megan Earle watched the race from her dorm window in MBS last year, and decided she would run this year.

Many runners, like Patty Miller said “It’s a really good cause.”  But some people had other reasons for coming out.  Sarah Gillis said she wanted “to run naked in the cold!”

Many of the spectators who met their friends at the finish line with replacement clothes were glad they were just watching.  “It might be better if it was a warmer day,” said Mathew Helt, who arrived in Fairbanks earlier that day when his friends asked him to attend.

Approximately 15 volunteers showed up to help organize the event.  Some were placed at intervals on the course to direct the runners. Others helped register the participants for the event. Ruby Walden, who was there with the LIVE Program, said that it was an energetic event.  “I wish it was a lot bigger than it is,” Walden said.

Michael Willis organized the event through the Fairbanks Resource Agency.  The clothes will be donated to Closet Collections.  The runners left shivering but happy with their contributions to the cause.

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