ASU's annual 'Undie Run' celebrates end of classes, benefits Ariz. charities

ASU Undie Run 2012

ASU's annual 'Undie Run' celebrates end of classes, benefits Ariz. charities

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by Marcy McMacken and Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 3:54 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Thousands of Arizona State University students ran around Arizona State university's Tempe campus half naked Tuesday night. It was all for a good cause, though.

It was school's annual "Undie Run." While the idea didn't originate at ASU, the Sun Devils have embraced it and made it their own. Students traditionally show up on the last day of classes in the spring semester and  strip down to their underwear, and then run around the campus.  After the run, the clothing that was taken off is donated to various charities throughout the state.

“ASU’s biggest end of the year tradition,” “The craziest night of my life,” and “Simply amazing” are just some of the words used to describe the ASU Undie Run, which has become ASU’s (and the country’s) largest, and most charitable, end-of-the-year tradition, according to the event website.

The first ASU "Undie Run" took place in 2008, founded by then-freshman Ruben Green.More than 5,000 students took part. In 2009, that number jumped to 10,000. More than 15,000 stripped down to their skivvies in 2010, and the even has just continued to grow.

Last year, it even won an university Hall of Fame Award -- ASU’s Best Social/Entertainment Program.

Charities that benefited from the 2012 Undie Run include Arizona Helping Hands, STANDUP FOR KIDS, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Andre House and Move for Hunger.

Anyone wishing to donate to the ASU Undie Run Charity can visit their website at:  http://www.asuundierun.com/charity.

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