By Sean Smith
Those who are near the CLA Building next Friday night could be
pleasantly – or unpleasantly – surprised to see hundreds of
students running through campus in nothing but their
The Cal Poly Underwear Run will be the second event of its kind
and will take place June 6 at 9:30 p.m.
Participants will strip down to their underwear before beginning
their run behind the suites and ending at the CLA Building.
The clothing shed from the participants prior to the run will be
donated to Goodwill.
“I wanted to make this event more than just running around in
our underwear, so we can actually contribute to the community,”
said fifth-year business marketing student Donnie Foster, who
organized the event. “I would like to get at least 400 pieces of
Foster may be able to achieve that goal, as 239 guests have
already confirmed their attendance through Facebook with another
“I really have no idea exactly how many people will show up,”
said Foster. “But I assume that the confirmed guests [on Facebook]
will be participating in the event.”
Students on campus have mixed reactions about the event.
“I think there will be issues with the event because people
aren’t used to seeing other people run around in their underwear,”
said Vivian Mercado, a fourth-year liberal studies student.
“Although it’s a creative idea, I think they can come up with a
better idea [for a clothing drive].”
Fourth-year animal science student Jade Rivera believes the run
will prove to be a service to the community as long as the
university allows it.
“If the University Police are okay with the event, I don’t see
anything wrong with it at all,” said Rivera. “It is a good idea as
long as people are just there for the good cause and not to do
The run was originally set to begin at the University Village
basketball courts, but the location was denied due to concerns of
safety and obscenity.
There will be obvious concerns about the event getting out of
hand with such a large turnout expected, but Foster hopes the
university will realize the purpose of the event and the fact that
it will not last very long.
“We’re not trying to be rebellious and cause havoc on campus,”
said Foster. “We will literally only be running around for about 30
minutes, so hopefully the [University] Police will take this
lightheartedly and not disperse us.”
Omar Vergara, who will be participating in the event, said that
he will finish the run regardless of if the event is stopped by
“Once we’re assembled, I’ll keep running even if [the University
Police] tries to stop the event,” said Vergara, a fourth-year math
student. “I’m going to be really pumped – I’m bringing my cowboy
boots and my sombrero.”
30 p.m. on Friday.
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