WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University students are preparing to disrobe for a good cause. The Nearly Naked Mile is taking place Thursday, March 27.
Participants are encouraged to literally donate the clothes off of their backs and then run a mile through campus. The run starts in front of Lambert Fieldhouse and ends at the Dauch Alumni Center. Runners who do not want to show some skin can still donate clothing at the Alumni Center before the event.
The clothing will be donated to Lafayette Transitional Housing. Director of Student Programs Brandi Farrer said this is a good way for Purdue students to help the community.
“I think participation is high because it’s a unique activity and it is involved with the community, but also the fun nature of it,” Farrer said. “They just got back from spring break, so hopefully they are going to switch out their closets. It’s an easy way for the students to give back to the local community and support Lafayette Transitional Housing.”
Before the run there will be a costume contest judged by local celebrities. The 2013 Nearly Naked Mile had more than 500 runners and donated about 8,000 pounds of clothes.
Registration for the event beings at 6 p.m. The costume contest is at 6:30 p.m., and the race begins at 7 p.m.