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UCLA puts a halt to underwear run, citing safety concerns

July 30, 2009 |  8:12 am


Citing safety concerns, UCLA has told students that time has run out for the "Undie Run."

The event, which occurs three times a year, draws thousands of students who run across campus in their underwear.

It began in 2002 as a way for students to have some fun around finals time. But according to a UCLA statement, the last run was marred by fights, vandalism and alcohol-related problems that prompted police and emergency crews to get involved.  

"What started out as a UCLA student tradition to relieve stress during finals has turned into a free-for-all event attracting large numbers of people who are not affiliated with UCLA and who have demonstrated they have little consideration for the well-being of our students or the surrounding community," UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Robert Naples told UCLA Newsroom. "While we regret having to call off the run in the future, we must ensure the safety of our students and the community and also look after UCLA's relationships with our neighbors."

 According to SoCal Minds, the event attracts 8,000 to 10,000 students and is not a fixture at other local campuses. 

-- Shelby Grad

Photo:  Students participate in the 2008 Undie Run. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times