Two Runs of a Different Kind

143256888549m30There is an unexplainable attraction to the act of running in a group within the general populace. People flock at the opportunity to run in a mass of bodies, and they usually do it under some sort of banner. Some run for charity, some run for fun, some run for exercise. It is a phenomenon unlike any other. Oregon State has a couple of interesting runs scheduled for the end of the month with two very different goals that should undoubtedly attract some runners.

First up, we have a run steeped in college tradition and a distinct lack of clothing. The aptly named OSU Undie Run has one simple focus: to feature “hundreds of students gracefully running through campus in their underwear,” as stated on the run’s Facebook page. Making its debut in 2010, the Undie Run has seen growth year after year—and that is pretty amazing considering it is mainly organized through social media. The run is set for Friday, May 29. Students will gather at Peavy Field, with the run starting at 7 p.m.

On the opposite spectrum, but probably just as freeing and fun, is the student-run Color Run. This particular run is organized by the Residence Hall Association on campus, alongside a number of students. It serves to support a number of local charities, including the Heartland Humane Society and the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. There is no cost to participate in the run, but a donation of $10 is suggested to support the sponsored charities. The “color” portion of the run comes in the form of colored powder that is tossed on all participants, leading to a vibrant mass of flesh running around a local park. The run is set for Sunday, May 31 beginning at 3 p.m. at Avery City Park.

Basically, if you’re looking to get hot and sweaty in the near future, while either mostly naked or covered in colorful powder, Oregon State has got you covered.

By Nathan Hermanson