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Jan. 9, 2006 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Polar Bear Run and Salute to the Sun — Friday, Jan. 13


The Salute to the Sun. On Friday, Jan. 13, just before dawn, a parade of University of Chicago students, faculty and staff will march from the University’s Henry Crown Field House to the South Side’s Promontory Point at 5491 South Shore Dr., at the eastern end of 55th Street in Hyde Park. There, at around 6 a.m., they will attempt to “coax” the sun out.

The Polar Bear Run. At 3 p.m. on Friday, hundreds of scantily-clad — and unclad — students will dash across the University’s Main Quadrangle in the annual Polar Bear Run. The University’s Quad is at the intersection of University Avenue and 58th Street.

The University of Chicago is in the midst of Kuviasungnerk, its inimitable celebration of the Chicago winter. Snow or shine, frostbite frigid or unseasonably mild, the University’s annual winter celebration began on campus Monday, Jan. 9 and concludes in grand style Friday, Jan. 13.

Every morning this week, hundreds of students, faculty and staff rose before dawn to take part in kangeiko (calisthenics) in the Henry Crown Field House. On Friday, they take their kangeiko activities to the shores of Lake Michigan when they Salute the Sun. This year’s Kuviasungnerk, an Eskimo word meaning “happy times,” also featured ice sculpture art, a dance marathon study break and fireside chats with faculty, all aimed at curing the winter blues. The Polar Bear Run is the celebration’s conclusion.
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