The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 7, 2013

MSU to hold third Nearly Naked Mile run

By Amanda Dyslin
Free Press Staff Writer

MANKATO — Feeling brave? Not flooring it through a yellow light kind of brave, or ordering your mock duck extra spicy kind of brave. This one takes true valor.

Stripped right from a common, collective nightmare, how would you like to run in public in your underwear? The Minnesota State University student-run organization Expertise PR has proven the past couple of years that there are those among us who actually don’t consider this much of a nightmare at all.

The third annual Nearly Naked Mile is Thursday at MSU. The university is joining universities across the nation in holding the event, which aims to donate gently used clothing to charity, said Expertise PR co-chair Leah Samuelson.

Here’s how it works: Fully clothed people will meet at the mall near the fountain and shed some or most of their clothes before running a mile around campus. The shed clothing is donated to AGAIN Thrift & More, which is eager for the donation, Samuelson said.

Samuelson said people don’t have to run to donate clothing.

“The goal (this year) is more clothing donated,” Samuelson said. “Yeah, we want a good turnout (of runners), but we want a lot of clothes.”

Last year the group collected 13 trashbags of clothing. This year the goal is 20 bags or more, she said.

As an added incentive to the speedy runners, the first 10 people to cross the finish line will get T-shirts.

AGAIN Thrift & More is part of Minnesota Valley Action Council, which develops resources and opportunities that empower people in low-wage jobs to secure affordable housing, viable transportation, employment, training and educational opportunities for children.