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Students donate shirts off their backs

To benefit MRCI Thrift Shop

Students take the shirts off their backs to benefit a Mankato charity.

By Pat Christman, Free Press Photographer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 4/1/2011]

Take it off. Give it up. Run a mile.

Universities across the nation, including Minnesota State Mankato, took part in the Nearly Naked Run Thursday. Participants arrived fully clothed, but then stripped down to their underwear before running a mile around the Minnesota State Mankato campus.

The clothing shed by the more than 150 participants was donated to the MRCI Thrift Shop. Bragging rights and t-shirts donated by B. Stark and Co. were awarded to the first ten participants to cross the finish line, who promptly put them on to stay warm in the chilly temperatures and light rain.

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