Boston University students will bare almost all as they run one mile around Nickerson Field Thursday in a Nearly Naked Group Charity Run, organizers said.
Wiggio marketing coordinator Shannon Lehotsky said the company, which sponsors the run, asked students to donate old clothes. About 20 runners ran in Emerson College’s Nearly Naked Run last week, and students donated 15 garbage bags of clothes, which went to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“If we had solely hosted a charity event it wouldn’t have been as popular,” Lehotsky said. “We had students asking us if we were going to host it again, but this time we brought it to our home turf because we are a Boston-based company.”
Apart from bringing clothes to donate, Lehotsky said the run is designed for students to have fun.
“If Boston University can beat Emerson that would be excellent,” Lehotsky said. “I’d love to put that challenge up there, but we really just want to have a fun event where students can have fun. That’s the biggest goal.”
Amelia Cochin, a College of Arts and Sciences freshman, said while she does not have any extra money to donate, she has plenty of old clothes.
“That’s really cool because I’m sure a lot of people have old clothes that they could donate,” Cochin said. “That’s a really good way to get what they need without having to ask for money.
Though runners will be partially unclothed, Cochin said those taking part can adjust so they are comfortable.
“You obviously don’t have to be in underwear, you could be in shorts and a sports bra,” Cochin said. “I think it’s all about if you’re comfortable with it it’s fine, and if you’re not comfortable don’t go.”
College of Communication freshman Paul Remy said he might take part in the run to take a break from studying.
“It just looks like a fun thing to do,” Remy said. “Everyone is really stressed out right now, [it’s good to] just take your mind off of stuff, just have a good time with your friends.”
Remy said it is important to keep students involved and productive.
However, COM freshman Jun Tsuboike said he would not have the time to run at this busy time of the semester despite wanting to.
“It’s a great cause and I would love to join in,” Tsuboike said. “It’s just that my schedule is packed, and it’s the end of the semester, but if I had the time I would totally join in on this.”