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University of Chicago annual Polar Bear Run and Salute to the Sun to be held Friday

Jan. 11, 2007

The Salute to the Sun. Just before dawn on Friday, January 12, 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., near the eastern end of 55th Street in Hyde Park. Around 6 a.m., the group will attempt to “coax” the sun to rise.

The Polar Bear Run. To mark the annual tradition, hundreds of scantily clad — and completely unclad — Chicago students will dash together across the University’s Main Quadrangle at 2:30 p.m. The Main Quadrangle is located at the intersection of University Avenue and 58th Street.

In its 25th year at the University, Kuviasungnerk, an annual celebration of winter, was held on campus this week. Activities have included calisthenics led by University deans, ice sculpting, a dance marathon and ice skating. The best is saved for last; the Polar Bear Run is considered the week’s grand finale. Kuviasungnerk, an Eskimo word that means “happy times,” is an attempt to cure any winter blues.

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