Hundreds of students gathered in the Lory Student Center Plaza at 9 p.m. May 4, but they werenâ€™t on their way to class. They were there to strip off their clothes in what may have been one of the largest Undie Run events in school history.
â€œIâ€™ve never seen people so enthusiastic to take off their clothes in public,â€ said freshman liberal arts major Savannah McCormick, who came with friends to see the event.
Senior Criminal Justice major Stephen Woodruff, who orchestrated this yearâ€™s Undie Run through Facebook, said online confirmations had peaked between 1,800 and 2,000.
â€œThere was at least 1,800 people here,â€ said freshman health and exercise science major Sarah Stamper. â€œIt was un-real.â€
Woodruff, who had created the Facebook event only a few weeks prior, said he and friends worked in collaboration with the Homeless Awareness team here at CSU to create the annual charitable event.
â€œI hadnâ€™t heard anything about it this year,â€ Woodruff said. â€œSo I decided to just do it myself.â€
Woodruff said he and some friends spent roughly two hours gathering the clothes gathered by Undie-Runners, which numbered to about â€œsix and a half truckloads,â€ Woodruff said.
â€œAt first we were just going to donate them to Goodwill,â€ Woodruff said. â€œBut then a friend of mine contacted someone from CSUâ€™s Homeless Awareness Team.â€
That someone was senior construction management major and HAT President Jordan Traynel, who has stored the thousands of clothing articles in his garage since Friday night.
â€œMyself and other Homeless Awareness members have been bagging the clothes,â€ Traynel said. â€œWeâ€™ll then give them to (the organization) Homeless Gear.â€
Traynel said that Homeless Gear, an organization with locations across the state, would hold an event later in the month where the clothes would be distributed to the homeless community.
â€œEvery month they have an event where the homeless can come and pick through what clothes they would like,â€ Traynel said.
And for returning Undie-Runners, this yearâ€™s event did not disappoint.
â€œThere were more people this year,â€ said senior Natural Resources major and veteran Undie-Runner Ike Manobla.
Manobla was joined by senior construction management major Wesley Oâ€™Rourke, who also expressed his satisfaction with the event.
â€œItâ€™s a good fundraiser,â€ Oâ€™Rourke said.
But for philanthropists like Traynel, the event meant more than just a good time.
â€œItâ€™s really rewarding to see a bunch of college students going out of their way to make a fun experience that gives back to the community,â€ Traynel said._
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-An estimated 2,000 people were in attendance at this yearâ€™s Undie Run
-Event took place on the plaza at 9 p.m. on May 4
-All proceeds will go to Homeless Gear, which will distribute clothing to local community