OT: Naked mile run

Submitted by no joke its hoke on April 2nd, 2011 at 6:26 PM

The post on Hash Bash got me thinking about the naked mile run. I went to two runs in 2000  and 2001. Do they still have the naked mile run in April and is it still pretty big??



April 2nd, 2011 at 6:37 PM ^

When people could just watch it, it was cool. Then it became on online perverts convention with every degenerate in the Midwest coming to town and filming it and uploading it. The city and the University didn't think it was cute anymore, and really started arresting people, so it was quashed in about 2 years. For the best really. When it was a student thing it was cool; when weirdos started getting their jollies off it wasn't good for students to be online doing that.

Maize n Blue

April 2nd, 2011 at 6:43 PM ^

I remember at my Freshman orientation campus tour in 2005 the tour guide was talking about the naked run as we crossed the diag in front of the Grad. She said that it had been banned/halted 2 years (or so) prior because of arrests, etc.

However she of course warned us about not stepping on the M until after our first blue book exams, and explained that the only way to reverse the curse was to run naked from the steps of the grad, to Rackham Auditorium and back... while the clock tower strikes midnight.

Still haven't stepped on the M to this day. I miss Ann Arbor. That is all.


April 2nd, 2011 at 6:56 PM ^

My old roommate at UM did a dance on the M as soon as the tour guide said something about it.

He graduated with honors, is finishing up his dissertation at Cal-Berkeley, and is looking to come back to UM as a professor, for anyone who is wondering whether the curse held up.

Son of Ann Arbor

April 2nd, 2011 at 10:36 PM ^

It's the Nude Mile. I ran it the first 6 years. I was a rower, but it was majority track and cross country runners in the first few years. I understand why it died, given the cops and cameras. But I'm still disappointed that students don't find creative ways the keep the tradition alive. I would love to hear that there were small groups of streakers wearing masks on campus in the Spring. Good times.


April 2nd, 2011 at 7:50 PM ^

Ran it once in a revealing Speedo on a cold, cold April evening once......so, not totally naked.  I was paranoid about shrinkage, for I had a date later that evening. Met her at the finish line and saw all that I needed to see really *fond memories, stares into space*. 


April 2nd, 2011 at 10:34 PM ^

U came to the crew team (which traditionally started the run along with some other teams) and asked them not to participate. In return they got some favors from the AD. That and all the video cameras killed it.

BOX House

April 3rd, 2011 at 12:47 AM ^

One of the huge problems now is that police will probably ticket anyone who actually runs the nude mile these days. I can't speak for everyone, but I know all of my friends would have done it, but for the fact that basically all of my friends had MIP's and weren't willing to take another citation just for one night of tradition.

I think the police crackdown on college kids in general has a lot to do with the fading away of the naked mile... otherwise i assure you there would be no shortage of participants.


April 3rd, 2011 at 11:41 AM ^

At Arizona St the students do what they call the Undie Run.  It's pretty much the same thing except all the students are in undergarments and it's a real big thing.  The cops at Arizona St are notorious for giving out MIP's because of its rep as a party school, so I think that we would be able to do something like the Undie Run if Arizona St can.  What do you think?