A UCSC Tradition—The Naked Run

UCSC First Rain, the traditional naked run that occurs at the beginning of the school year. Yes, I said naked run. That means you see hundreds to thousands of students running completely nude from the start of Porter College all the way to OPERS to jump in the school pool.

Why would anyone do this? Well, it is rumored that in 1989 there was an earthquake that started the first ever First Rain. What does an earthquake have to do with running nude around campus? As crazy as it may sound, apparently a game of "Simon Says" got people to get naked and eventually run around campus after an earthquake had just happened. Is this true? Who knows— possibly. If you want to hear an interview from an alumni student who experienced the First Rain run, you can check it out on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JLMJ9mLukE


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