Police at the University of Michigan warned female students taking part in this week's Naked Mile run that they ran the risk of their pictures appearing on the Internet. The annual midnight nude race across the campus marks the end of the spring semester, and police say 1, runners, including female students, took part last year.
The Naked Mile began in the mid 's as a celebration of the last day of classes for University of Michigan students. The first Naked Mile, started by a small group of students, ran naked on westbound S. Univeristy from Washtenaw through the Diag to the Administration building.
Approximately 15 people participated and the event past without any arrests as officers were not even called to the scene.
Most people thought the event was some type of fraternity prank, which are very common. While on patrol my partner and I observed approximately 30 naked men running down the middle of S. At this point no one at the police department knew of the Naked Mile and we assumed it had something to do with a fraternity.
Interestingly enough, we did not even get one call from a citizen in regards to these runners, as if citizens of Ann Arbor were used to naked people running down the street! University and thousands of spectators came to watch the event.
In fact, at the Naked Mile, nearly 10, spectators came to watch the run.
The event really began to grow when large s of women began to run. National media outlets also heard of the run, further publicizing it.
As the run grew, city leaders were perplexed on how best to handle the Naked Mile. Initially the police department took a hands-off approach and simply provided traffic control and issued tickets, primarily for alcohol offenses. Obviously running naked down the street is illegal, but few arrests have been made at these runs.
The event still occurs but a decision was made to crackdown on the event during the run.