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Frigid temperatures won't stop runners of Near Naked Mile

Students and other runners to race for Imago Earth Center and STYUKA charities

01/15/04

Despite the prediction of frigid temperatures, Xavier students are baring "nearly all" Friday, Jan. 16, at 7:00 p.m. when they run the "Near Naked Mile." This year's theme for the race is the jungle. Runners are required to dress either in costume or in minimal attire for the one-mile race, which is a charity fund-raiser. The Near Naked Mile is open to the public.

The race begins at Bellarmine Circle, where Ledgewood Avenue reaches the Xavier campus near Bellarmine Chapel. Competitors then are running a mile-long path through the residential mall. Prizes are being awarded for the top female and male runners as well as for the best-dressed competitor.

Registration is at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the general public to participate is $12, which includes a T-shirt. The price for Xavier students is $5 to compete, or $7 to compete and receive a T-shirt.

Proceeds of the event are benefiting the Imago Earth Center in Cincinnati and STYUKA. The earth center is an urban nature preserve that provides hands-on programs for children as well as family activities, public programs, special events and summer camps. For more information about Imago, visit www.imagoearthcenter.org. STYUKA is a student-run spring charity festival. This year's festival is a dance marathon scheduled from Friday, April 24, to Saturday, April 25. Proceeds from the STYUKA event also are benefiting Imago Earth Center.

The Near Naked Mile is sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods, Bob Roncker's Running Spot and the radio station KISS 107 F.M.

For more information, contact Brigid Molloy, student programs coordinator, at 513 745-4887.