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Scantily clad runners participating in the Near Naked Mile to benefit homeless children in southwestern Ohio | January 11, 2005

Despite forecasted temperatures in the mid-20s, Xavier students and others bared "nearly all" on Friday, Jan. 14, as runners gathered at 7:00 p.m. in front of Bellarmine Chapel for the 5th annual Near Naked Mile.

The event—themed "Feel the Burn"—required participants to dress either in costume or minimal attire for the one-mile competition, which benefited a local charity. Runners raced past the residential mall, touched a gate by the intramural fields and finished in front of the chapel.

Prizes were awarded for the top female and male runners, as well as the "best dressed." In addition, each runner receives a $10 coupon for merchandise at The Running Spot.

Registration was at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the general public to participate was $7 to run and $8 for a long-sleeved t-shirt. The price for Xavier students was $5 plus $5 for a long-sleeved t-shirt.

Proceeds benefited STYUKA, a student-run fundraising committee that plans and hosts events throughout the academic year. All of the proceeds from the events were given to a charitable organization selected by the committee.

This year proceeds from STYUKA go to Project Connect of Greater Cincinnati. Project Connect serves homeless children in the southwestern region of Ohio. The group provides services to make educational opportunities easily available to homeless children and offer shelter collaborations, school-based programs, and a summer program.

This year’s Near Naked Mile was sponsored by STYUKA, Xavier's student activities council, the weekenders committee, student services, student alumni association and The Running Spot.

For more information contact Lindsey Clark, student programs coordinator, 513 745-4887.