Binghamton University students layer up and run

By Kevin Clark

November 24, 2013 Updated Nov 24, 2013 at 12:44 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Before the snow started to fall, Binghamton University students put a new twist on a 5K run.

For the first annual "Strip for a Cause," students ran around the university, taking off layers of clothing along the way.

Proceeds from the race will go to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County.

The clothes will be donated to the Broome County Urban League's thrift shop on Main Street.

Event organizers said they were happy to donate during the season of giving.

"It's a good thing for students to get involved in just before the holidays, just before Thanksgiving," Adam Flint of Cornell Cooperative Extension said. "We've certainly had a lot of good publicity and we've been getting a lot of support for our programs and for the Urban League."

Others came out just to run despite the cold weather.

"I'm exhausted," said Max Weiss, 22. "It's a little cold out, but we finished top ten so it was a good time."

Organizers said more than 80 people joined in Strip for a Cause. They hope to increase that number next year.