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.
Culture of Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Naked Mile: A tradition worth preserving | The Michigan Daily
Spring is in the air, and all thoughts are turning toward Wednesday, when — if tradition has anything to say about it — University of Michigan students, especially outgoing seniors, will turn to the streets, shed some clothing and make a celebratory run for it. Some will run to say their goodbyes to the university and their undergraduate years here. Others will run to celebrate the passing of another year and the coming of another summer. Others will run just to run. But after years of decreased participation sparked by national media attention, increased police enforcement and a university-sponsored ad campaign encouraging students not to run the Mile, many students wonder if the Naked Mile will ever be what it once was — a local student tradition, by the students and for the students. In , the teams credited with starting the tradition boycotted the event, declaring they no longer wanted to participate in the Mile. Photographers from national media and pornography organizations hovered over the event in blimps and helicopters.
The Naked Mile: A tradition worth preserving
Print E-mail Letter to the editor. I am a junior and have every intention of running in the Naked Mile next year. It is not only as cool a tradition as exists on any college campus in this country, but it is I was surprised to find the Michigan tradition for which the school is best known. They do ask me about the Naked Mile, though, and in recent years I have been forced to admit that the event is not all it's cracked up to be.
The culture of Ann Arbor, Michigan includes various attractions and events, many of which are connected with the University of Michigan. The University Musical Society UMS presents approximately 60 to 75 performances and over free educational activities each season. One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, UMS is affiliated with the University of Michigan and housed on the UM campus. However, UMS is a separate not-for-profit organization that supports itself from ticket sales, grants, contributions, and endowment income.