Running nearly naked for the people in need

Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 1, 2013

At the start of the Nearly Naked run, participants race in the cold down to the Taku parking lot for the finish. Bridget Jensen/ Sun Star

At the start of the Nearly Naked run, participants race in the cold down to the Taku parking lot for the finish. Bridget Jensen/ Sun Star

“No boobs, no butt cheeks and no private shows,” is how the Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience ¬†Office’s event flyer advertised the third annual Nearly Naked Run.

With these parameters in mind, eight students gathered in the field across from the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland complex for the 1-mile run on Sept. 28.

This event was planned by the LIVE Office’s Volunteer Program Assistant, Lauren Ramirez, a senior History student from North Carolina.

“We expected a good turnout and we got just that; folks seemed to have had a great time from warm up to cool down. There’s always an element of caution regarding the weather since we do live in Alaska, but luckily the weather cooperated,” Ramirez said.

English student Yorise Olson participated in the run with her friend Jenny Dill. “I get to do my favorite things; running, donating clothes and being nearly naked,” Olson said. “It’s a fun way to relieve stress about the school year.”

It wasn’t just students who came to participate in this run. Miker Frantes, a new arrival to Fairbanks from North Dakota, read about the event in a Sun Star ad and decided to participate.

Kaydee Miller, a Department of Recreation and Wellness Coordinator, led the group through a set of warm-ups accompanied by Katy Perry’s song, “Roar”. Following the warm-ups, the group lined up to run and were given the signal to dash down the hill toward the Taku parking lot.

“We plan to continue the Nearly Naked Run for as long as we have participants, good weather for the run and people in need of the clothing we donate,” Ramirez said.

The donated clothes went to the Fairbanks Resource Agency’s Closet Collections program. FRA is a non-profit organization that provides services to children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and seniors with disabling conditions.

FRA’s program, Closet Collections, collects clothing and fabric from around the Fairbanks North Star Borough and donates some clothes to thrift stores such as Value Village.

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