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Cary Quad Nude Olympics

As quoted elsewhere on the 'net:
Purdue had the nude olympics where on one of the coldest days of winter, people would gather in the courtyard of Cary Quad, strip and run a lap or two around the courtyard. The school decided to put a stop to this long standing tradition by having undercover police photograph the participants. Most people wore masks so they got the RAs involved to identify the offending tallywackers.
So - here's proof that it happened.

The year previous to this, the year the campus police started cracking down, I was a participant - and ran 25 laps around the ~quarter mile Quad.

It was c-o-l-d, damn betcha.

And I didn't get caught.

This report is for the year I ran:

AP , Associated Press Jan. 22, 1986 1:56 PM ET

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Thousands of chanting spectators lined up early Wednesday to watch more than 100 Purdue University students throw caution to the wind to join in the recently banned annual ''Nude Olympics.''

Two students were arrested and scores face disciplinary action ranging from probation to expulsion, officials said.

Extreme cold during last year's run around Cary Quad prompted Purdue President Steven Beering to ban the event this year. This time, however, the temperature was a relatively mild 38 degrees.

At least 20 plainclothes campus police officers attempted to stop the nude runners, but only netted two arrests.

Police Chief John Woods was the only known casualty, according to Joe Bennett, director of university relations.

''Police were routinely stopping runners and getting names,'' Bennett said. ''One runner refused to do that and he bolted and ran into Woods. The two fell and there was a pileup.'' As Woods tried to get up, Bennett said, one runner in the pileup took a swing at the police chief, who suffered cuts and bruises. One student was arrested for allegedly assaulting Woods. Another was arrested for alleged public intoxication and resisting law officers, Bennett said. The cases were turned over to the county prosecutor.

Meanwhile, police and residence hall supervisors were busy later Wednesday compiling names of participants in the run. ''Disciplinary measures will be on a case-by- case basis,'' Bennett said.

''I don't really care what Beering says,'' said runner Andy Banta, 20. ''I ran to have some fun. It's something different to do. It's not really as cold as the past few years.'' Beering was asleep during the race, which began about midnight, according to a man who answered the telephone at Beering's home.

The university president said later in the day that violation of the ban would not be taken lightly.

School officials also are considering disciplinary measures against 12 male students who staged another nude run Sunday night.

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The first running of the Nude Olympics was winter, 1970. I was there for the brainstorming - not many cells were wasted on this. The idea came to us as we sat around a tiny Cary NorthEast room on the first floor, with nothing to do but think up stupid things we might do on this minus 20 degree night in West Lafayette. We contacted people we knew in each section of the entire Quad, met outside and ran 2 laps.
That was it. There was one fight caused by someone filling a trash can with water and tossing it on one of the runners as they passed by.
Sloan, Alexandria, IN 19Jun2018 3:04 PM
Nude Olympics, 1971-72 school year
I ran in 1971-72 school year. Endurance race with about 30 runners. Myself and 2 others lasted 33 minutes in -63 wind chill. I was the last to go to the hospital the next afternoon.Playboy bought pics of the event for a nudity on campus article, but never used ours.
Dan Luce, Lafayette, Indiana 29Mar2017 11:58 AM
I ran the year before with my buddies -at- Wiley offering $100 (in change) and all the pizza I could eat. Ended up running just in front of my cousin each of us wearing masks. Totally worth the lack of sex drive for six weeks!
Frank in Lafayette 10Jul2015 6:12 PM
former athlete
I ran in 1991 and while it is a fond memory I was the only one who did not wear a mask out of the total of 4 runners and although I was wearing socks I still almost had frostbite on my feet
billy 19Sep2013 8:34 PM