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Undie Run back on schedule at ASU

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Students at the 2011 Undie Run on the Arizona State University campus. Students at the 2011 Undie Run on the Arizona State University campus.

After a brief scare, the annual Arizona State University Undie Run for charity is will go on as planned.

Organizers on Wednesday announced they had secured necessary funding for the event, including increased security costs. A fight during the 2011 event spurred the call for more security.

Students on April 24, the last day of classes, will literally donate the clothes off their backs to charity and then run a course with their peers in their underwear.

ASU police, fire department officials, school administrators, 40 security guards and 85 security officers will be on site to monitor the school-sanctioned event and ensure student safety, organizers said. The event will be fenced off, and only students with ASU IDs will be allowed in.

Students will gather at Lot 59 North on the ASU-Tempe campus instead of the SRC Field as they did last year, according to organizers.

The event was in peril when organizers struggled to find sponsors that were not restructuring or restricting their donations. Other costs associated with the event also increased, forcing organizers to step up fundraising efforts.

Last year, 20,000 students donated four tons of clothing to Arizona charities that serve the underprivileged and homeless

Arizona Helping Hands, STANDUP FOR KIDS, Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), and Andre House all received donations. St. Mary's Food Bank also received 1.5 tons of nonperishable food through the ASU Undie Run's new partnership with Move For Hunger, a nonprofit started by an ASU graduate.

The event will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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