The Columbus Undies Run

Sat September 9, 2017 Columbus, OH US 43209 Directions

5K Run/Walk

8:30AM EDT

The Columbus Undies Run is a 5K and Clothing Drive to help those in need in the Columbus Area. It is an unconventional yet fun way to really personify the saying "give the shirt off your back." This year we are proud to partner with The Open Shelter.

Participants are to come dressed, but before the race begins, those willing are asked to remove their articles of clothing down to the undies! The clothes removed will then be washed and donated to our benefiting organization! Acceptable undies include: Compression Shorts, Sports Bras, and Speedos. Clothing Donations from non-participants are of course welcome!

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Welcome to The Columbus Undies Run! Can You Bare it?


Additional Race Information

Early Packet Pickup

Save time in line on race day and stop by the Columbus Running Company's Short North location (765 N High B 43215) on Thursday, September 7 (10a-8p) or Friday, September 8 (10a-6p) to pick up your race gear. You can also pick up your race gear on race day near the start line beginning at 7a

About our Charity Partner

The Columbus Undies Run is raising money and collecting clothing donations for The Open Shelter. The Open Shelter provides, directly or by referral, emergency shelter and assistance for homeless and marginally housed persons in Central Ohio, especially the most vulnerable among them; and to provide directly or by referral, coordinated, supportive services, and transitional and/or permanent housing, enabling homeless and marginally housed persons to achieve maximum participation in the community.

Race Parking

There are three large parking lots at Wolfe Park. If necessary, overflow parking will be at Academy Park off of Nelson Rd. For a full parking and Wolfe Park entrance map, please click here.


Chip timing will be provided by Columbus Running Company. When you register, don't forget to sign up to have your race results sent to you via text and/or email right after you finish! For accurate timing, all race numbers must be worn on the front of your person and be visible to race staff and to volunteers at all times.


There will be one water stop along the route that you will pass twice. The course is closed to vehicular traffic (while on park roads) but is open to non-race pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Please stay to the right at all times on the pathways, and do not block the paths while running or walking in groups. Due to insurance regulations and for the safety of all participants, pets, in-line skates, skateboards, hoverboards, and participating on bicycles are all strictly prohibited. Participating with strollers is fine, we do ask that you line up at the back at the start.


Race Contact Info

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105 Park Dr
Columbus, OH US 43209
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Do you have to run in your undies? No. Not at all. Participants are encouraged to remove articles of clothing, but you don't have to! Wear whatever you are comfortable with! Acceptable undies Include: compression shorts, sports bra, and speedos.
  • Do you have to run the course? Nope. You can run, jog, or walk the course! 
  • Can my pet participate in the event? No, but they are welcomed to watch you run if there is someone that is attending to them. The event is at a park, so pets are welcomed! (just not on the running course) In-line skates, skateboards, hover boards, and those participating on bicycles are prohibited.
  • Isn't there an OSU game on the same day? Yes, there is, but the game does not start until 7:30pm, which gives you plenty of time to participate in the Columbus Undies Run and then to tailgate for the game! GO BUCKS!
  • What do you get with registering? Participants will receive a complementary Columbus Undies Run t-shirt and a goodie bag filled with coupons to varies places in Columbus and items from our sponsors.
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