Yesterday an interesting item popped up in my Facebook feed. It was a link to the website for the Utah Undie Run. Emilie and I had just moved to Salt Lake City and our friend Danielle had come to visit. I thought it would be fun for us to do so I suggested it.
Not being the types to go parading around in their undies in front of large crowds, I was surprised that they agreed.
So, yesterday at around 5pm we stripped down and headed to the Salt Lake City Public Library where the event was to going to start.
What the Hell is the Utah Undie Run?
You can read all about the run on the organization’s website. The short version is that a lot of Utah residents are frustrated about the conservative political policies in the state and the conservative image that it has. The run is a group effort to combat that.
Runners are encouraged to write slogans on their bodies for whatever political cause they want to draw attention to. There were lots of body paintings critical of the state’s restrictive liquor laws, opposition to gay marriage, and, of course, for the legalization of marijuana.
Those are all causes I can get behind.
How it Went Down
The atmosphere that of a big party. They had a DJ booth set up at the public library where we started from. Some of the outfits were fantastic.
The run started slowly. There were lots of walkers and lots of shouting and joking around. After about 1K the run proceeded up a fairly steep hill toward the capital building. That slowed a lot of people down.
Police were present all around the course to make sure nobody drove into the race.
It was probably the slowest 5k I ever ran. It probably took us about 45 minutes, but we were in no hurry. It was a pretty awesome scene, with beautiful people in their undies all over the place, and the sun sinking behind the mountains.
Then a guy dressed as Borat ran past us. He was a hit.
We returned to the library where we had to wait for all participants to finish the run. We had to wait quite a while for that. Then we all had to remain in a roped off area for five minutes in order to officially claim the world record for what Sara Wilcox, a spokeswoman for the London-based Guinness World Records Inc. called the “largest gathering of people wearing only underpants/knickers.”
So, Danielle, Emilie, and I (along with 2,267 other Utahians) are now officially World Record holders.
There’s another one I can check off the ‘ol bucket list.
A Few Bonus Utah Undie Run Photos