Print E-mail Letter to the editor. I am a junior and have every intention of running in the Naked Mile next year. It is not only as cool a tradition as exists on any college campus in this country, but it is I was surprised to find the Michigan tradition for which the school is best known. They do ask me about the Naked Mile, though, and in recent years I have been forced to admit that the event is not all it's cracked up to be. Over my three years here the Naked Mile has become an increasingly greater hassle for all parties involved.
Culture of Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Police at the University of Michigan warned female students taking part in this week's Naked Mile run that they ran the risk of their pictures appearing on the Internet. The annual midnight nude race across the campus marks the end of the spring semester, and police say 1, runners, including female students, took part last year. But following the race, videos of the women, taken by some of the 10, spectators, appeared on the Internet, where they are still on sale. The police also warned women of the risk of sexual assault from spectators, and warned all participants they could be arrested for indecent exposure.
The Naked Mile: A tradition worth preserving
The Naked Mile began in the mid 's as a celebration of the last day of classes for University of Michigan students. The first Naked Mile, started by a small group of students, ran naked on westbound S. Univeristy from Washtenaw through the Diag to the Administration building. Approximately 15 people participated and the event past without any arrests as officers were not even called to the scene. Most people thought the event was some type of fraternity prank, which are very common.
Spring is in the air, and all thoughts are turning toward Wednesday, when — if tradition has anything to say about it — University of Michigan students, especially outgoing seniors, will turn to the streets, shed some clothing and make a celebratory run for it. Some will run to say their goodbyes to the university and their undergraduate years here. Others will run to celebrate the passing of another year and the coming of another summer. Others will run just to run.