Berkeley students take part in UC Undie Run

May 30, 2013 by  

Berkeley students were among those taking part in the University of California Undie Run this month – an event which takes place annually at various California Universities.

Students run half naked through the streets of the city after shedding clothes, which are donated to charitable organizations. The UCD Undie Run was organized by Leslie Sherrett who is in her fourth year as an environmental science and psychology double major.

In her freshman year, Sherrett began to organize a coordinated event that was publicized on Facebook, along with utilizing the local flyer printing services to promote it. During the run, Sherrett stops running and collects the discarded clothing, which she takes to the Sacramento Food Bank and the Yolo County SPCA.

Sherrett states that participants are very generous, discarding decent items of clothing to be donated to charity. The first year on which the Undie Run was organized by Sherrett, she was shocked by unprecedented interest, with 2,000 people attending. The event takes place at other California schools, including UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. It starts at midnight, when students run as far as they like, running through the library, rooms, and floors where students studying for finals week.

The police now attend the event, but only to ensure safety and well-being of race participants. Anyone is welcome to take part in the Undie Run, whatever their level of fitness or their body type. According to students who take part, the run encourages self-confidence while allowing mildly rebellious behavior.