Arizona Plans First Undie Run

Homecoming weekend in Tucson will start with an underwear-only jog.

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We've chronicled undie runs—where students walk, jog, or sprint in their underwear as a break from the academic grind—in this space in the past. Now we have a new entry to add to the list: the University of Arizona.

Yes, the Wildcats will be the newest member of the undie run team in 2009, and it's just in time for homecoming weekend in Tucson. Tonight's run will cross the University of Arizona mall and head onto University Avenue, the Arizona Daily Wildcat reports. Normally, undie runs take place during finals or midterms, but with the weather just right, the organizer of Arizona's run told the Daily Wildcat that now was the time to do it.

"Why wait for finals?" Jamal Boddie tells the Wildcat. "Let's do it now."

Students are encouraged to wear red and/or blue to show their school spirit. Organizers will be collecting old clothes to donate to charity, the report says.

Homecoming weekend is centered around the 18th-ranked Wildcat's football game against Pac-10 rival Washington State University at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. But the undie run will kick off festivities.

Boddie isn't sure the event will be a big hit. "It's something new, and some people are scared. We'll see what happens," he tells the Wildcat.

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