An excited air filled the cold Friday night as students congregated on the Lory Student Center Plaza in questionable garb. It was too late for a football game and too obvious to be a party.
Time passed, it was almost 11 p.m. The area quickly erupted into a frenzy of giggles and shouts.
A deafening scream signaled that it was the time. A slow chant began and grew faster.
â€œUndie Run. Undie Run. Undie Run.â€
A flurry of shirts and pants flew into the air to reveal both creative and disturbing undergarments.
This was the third Annual CSU Undie Run, a tradition that blends fun and philanthropy into a night of chaos and camaraderie.
â€œIt was a good portion bigger than last year,â€ said Undie Run organization President Chandler Stewart.
The group collected 80 trash bags full of clothing at the end of the night from the estimated 1,500 students who participated. Last year, about 700 to 800 people turned out for the event.
â€œThe amount of quality clothing we received for Haiti and Chile was beyond my expectations,â€ said co-creator Michele Hynes, in an e-mail to the Collegian.
Participants were equally as happy.
â€œItâ€™s just awesome,â€ said participant Corissa Venrick, who sported mismatched underwear and threw condoms to other runners.
Girls put on their sexiest lingerie, as did the men. Others sported costumes, from thong-wearing fairies to diaper-wearing man-babies.
Sophomore Robbie Gallagher chose to fight the cold in a fuzzy gorilla suit and blue boxer shorts. He, like most, came to find release from upcoming stress of finals.
â€œItâ€™s nice because I donâ€™t have to use it too often,â€ Gallagher said about his costume.
At 11 p.m., the mass of half-naked students flooded past the Engineering Building and into the streets.
Skin and the smell of vodka floated down Laurel Street as passerby ogled the herd of unruly college youth galloping without inhibitions.
Juniors Brooke McConnell and Audra Snyder saw the panty parade from their home on Meldrum Street.
â€œI just saw a mass amount of skin out,â€ McConnell said. â€œI thoroughly enjoyed it.â€
Many people took the opportunity to run into the road as the lights turned red. Drivers honked at the scene, confused at the hoard of pant-free adults who were trailed by police.
Participants made their way back to the Plaza after 20 minutes. The crowd flooded into the library until CSU police evacuated them.
â€œI thank everyone who came out donated and helped clean up after. A successful night to say the least,â€ Hynes said.
Staff writer Rachel Childs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.