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CU Boulder mascot Chip does the worm for a crowd of excited runners. The philanthropic event is organized by the Herd, the student arm of the alumni association, and saw students donate clothing to the Sheridan School district and Clothes to Kids Denver, a Denver based non-profit. With registrants and articles of clothing delivered, Thursday night marked the highest turnout the event has ever seen. The event had barely started by the time the Herd received over clothing donations. Before the mile-long run, students enjoyed a DJ, games and food.
Chip the Buffalo got the party started Friday night and helped participants unwind before the Nearly Naked Mile.
Hundreds of students strip down, donate clothes and run through campus. In the past, the drive has just benefited A Precious Child, a local nonprofit working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children.
This year, the event included the Denver Rescue Mission, a Denver-based nonprofit for people experiencing poverty or homelessness. For donating clothes, runners received neon fanny packs. Over students preregistered for the event and many more ed throughout the night.
The event itself was a neon-filled dance party with a DJ, food, games and prizes. In the back, gallon barrels filled to the brim with donated clothing were placed inside a tent. Michael Cohagan, one of the approximately 40 student volunteers, loved the entire atmosphere of the event.
The event was filled with students and alumni alike with many wearing bright, neon underwear and as many glow sticks as possible. Emma and Robert, long time participants in the Nearly Naked Mile, were excited to get the race started. The race itself began around 9 p.
Finally, everyone counted down and the race began. Only a few minutes later, freshman Zach Klaus, the first male winner and winner overall, made his way through the finish line.
As an education major, she appreciated the opportunity to donate clothing to disadvantaged children. Runners cover themselves with glow sticks before the start of the Nearly Naked Mile.
Bri Barnum is a copy editor at the CU Independent. Originally from Minneapolis, she is a Senior majoring in journalism and Russian studies. When not editing articles, you can find her traveling, taking pictures and watching an obscene amount of documentaries.
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