Freezin’ for a reason at WIU

An American flag standing amongst the rubble left by one of the Nov. 13 tornadoes

An American flag standing amongst the rubble left by one of the Nov. 13 tornadoes

If you have not yet registered for the Nearly Naked Mile, there’s no better time than now. An anonymous donor will be matching all registration fees and donations made today. Communities are beginning to rebuild, but they are far from finished. Every dollar raised is a dollar to help a tornado victim in their recovery.

Tomorrow evening, just after sunset, more than 100 WIU students, family and friends will get together on the frigid tundra of the Western Illinois University campus. The event has the potential to make for a memorable Saturday evening for all participants, but it will serve an even greater cause after the last runner crosses the finish line.

On Nov. 17, 2013, many Illinois residents witnessed one of the most violent, destructive storm systems ever to move through the state of Illinois. There were 73 confirmed tornadoes throughout the day, two of which were rated EF4, with winds reaching speeds of between 166 mph and 200 mph. Both of those EF4 tornadoes touched down in southern Illinois. Both were devastating to local communities.

With the Nearly Naked Mile, Campus Rec is trying to give back to those who lost so much in such a short period of time. Proceeds from the event will go the Red Cross central Illinois tornado relief fund. All clothing left behind at the race will also be donated to those areas affected.

Come out. Have some fun. Help rebuild lives, Leathernecks.

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