Students and community members are invited to take part in Ohio University?s own "nearly naked mile," the first annual Bare on the Bricks. This philanthropic event, sponsored by the Student Alumni Board and Alpha Epsilon Pi, will take place Saturday, Feb. 27. Check-in for the noon event begins at 10:30 a.m. on the College Green.
Participants are expected to arrive fully clothed, strip down to wherever they are comfortable -- with a minimum of a bathing suit -- and then run down Court Street. The run will begin at College Gate and end at the intersection of Court Street and Carpenter Street. The Athens Police Department will be on-site to block off this route to traffic.
All of the clothes taken off by the participants will be donated to Athens community?s clothing banks and to Haiti Aid Relief. Participants can also bring additional bags of clothing to donate.
President of Alpha Epsilon Pi Mark Bloom says he hopes to have 500 people in attendance for this one-of-a-kind event.
"It's a unique philanthropy that is helping out two major causes in the local and international community," Bloom said. "We hope it can rally up morale for this campus, while getting in better touch with the community."
Vice President of Communications for the Student Alumni Board Rachel Zieleniec says the idea for Bare on the Bricks evolved after learning about similar events at other schools around the country.
"When our philanthropy chair heard about this idea at a conference, we decided it would be great at OU," Zieleniec said. "The idea of a nearly naked mile was something going around to different campuses, but this is the first Bare on the Bricks, making it specific to OU."
Willing participants can register prior to the event for $10 by visiting the Alumni Association?s Web site or on the day of the event at College Green for $12. Each participant will receive a Bare on the Bricks beanie hat with registration.
An after-party at Broney?s Alumni Grill will follow the run. All participants will receive free food and entertainment.