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Undie Run returns to Salt Lake

Boxers, briefs, panties and bras in various shapes, colors and sizes will take center stage at the second annual Utah Undie Run on Sunday, Sept. 9, 4:30 p.m. The run will start at Library Square, 300 East 500 South, and runners will make their scantily-clad way up to the Utah State Capitol and back.

Last year’s event had more than 2,000 runners and smashed the previous world record of 550. While the world record was an admirable accomplishment, the real purpose of the event was to buck the stereotype that all Utahns are conservative and prudish, said event organizer Nate Porter.

“We wanted everyone to know that not everyone who lives here supports Prop. 8 and crazy liquor laws,” Porter said. “It was a protest against being uptight.”

Many people painted or drew slogans about why they were running and some attendees sported pro-gay and lesbian messages, such as “No H8″ and “Equal Rights.” Some had messages supporting transgender rights. Many supported such hot topics as liquor laws. The gathering attracted people of all ages, races and, although to be officially counted, participants had to be wearing only underwear, many people were in costumes.

The official 2012 run begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 9, but the event will include body painting, a charity drive and entertainment from 4:30-9 p.m. For a full lineup, go to facebook.com/utahundierun.

 

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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