Frigid cold couldn’t stop the runners and walkers who turned out for the inaugural Nearly Naked Mile run on Saturday. Bright, smiling faces were everywhere in the January twilight as runners of all ages tackled this one-mile charity run. The temperature was only 20 degrees at start time, but the race still drew 136 participants, many of whom were sporting their most stylish skivvies.
Event organizers were very happy with the overall results of the fun run.
“I think it was a great success,” event organizer Pat McGrath said. “Especially considering it was the first year and considering it was one of the harshest winters on record.”
The success of this year’s Nearly Naked Mile means the event will likely become a regular on the campus recreation yearly rotation.
“I’m hoping to see it bigger and better,” McGrath said. “I’m expecting a little bit crazier costumes too now that people realize that it’s not too bad to run only a mile out there.”
The event helped raise over $2000 for the Red Cross central Illinois tornado relief fund. Western Illinois University Department of Campus Recreation would like to thank all those who participated. They would also like to thank the sponsors who helped raise money for this great cause.