Bare on the Bricks

Students run down Court Street for the Bare on the Bricks fundraiser

Photographer: Samantha Owens

Bare on the Bricks

Students sporting the Bare on the Bricks bags

Photographer: Samantha Owens

Bare on the Bricks

Students run for a cause during the Bare on the Bricks event

Photographer: Samantha Owens

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OHIO students bare it all for charity

Event collects 75 bags of clothing for local residents

On Saturday, Court Street was the site of bright-painted faces and bright-colored sports bras during the fourth annual Bare on the Bricks fundraiser.

The Ohio University Student Alumni Board and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity teamed up for the philanthropic event, which annually collects gently worn clothing and monetary donations from the participants.

Allie McRitchie, the vice president of philanthropy for SAB, explained how Bare on the Bricks changes the status quo for charitable events.

"It's a new and fun idea," McRitchie said. "It reaches out and grabs people's attention at the same time."

Unlike previous runs, this year's event started inside Baker University Center, which allowed participants to socialize and warm up before stripping down to their undergarments.

President of Student Alumni Board Madison Medley said it was the best idea they have had.

"People could hang out inside and outside which was really nice," Medley said.

The event featured gorgeous weather as about 300 runners gathered for the countdown on the sunny winter day. At 1 p.m., the participants took off their clothing and started to run.

The run started at Baker Center and ended at the intersection of Court Street and State Street. Afterward, participants gathered at the Pigskin Bar and Grille for food and prizes.

In addition to hundreds of OHIO students, the Alumni Association Board of Directors also visited the event.

"They got to come and see our event for the first time, which was really exciting," Medley explained.

Pre-registered runners paid $10 and runners who registered the day of the event paid $12. Student organizations had a $100 entry fee cap.

Fluff Bakery in Athens and some private Cleveland businesses also helped sponsor the event.

McRitchie said 75 garbage bags of clothing were donated and about $2,500 was raised at the event.

The donated clothing will be sent to Athens High School, Good Works and shelters within Nelsonville.