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No naked deed does unpunished: Naked Pumkin Runners face Naked runners face registering as sex offenders

Posted Nov 04 2008 9:09am

Naked pumkin run Faithful readers of this web site know that we've been reporting on an annual Boulder, Colorado tradition for the last few weeks because it involves running, Boulder, Colorado and yes---naked people.

But today we have some more serious news to report.

According to the the local newspaper the Daily Camera:

"Twelve of the runners who streaked the Pearl Street Mall on Friday night wearing nothing but pumpkins on their heads will have to register as sex offenders if they are convicted of indecent exposure.

The 10th year of the Naked Pumpkin Run started as usual — with laughter, beer and a whole lot of pumpkin carving. But the nude run, which has grown in recent years to include well over 100 people, ended with police citing 12 of the streakers for indecent exposure, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Police have warned runners in the past that the activity isn’t legal, but this is the first time officers showed up en masse to enforce the law.

Now the ticketed runners, whose names have not yet been released, will have to register as sex offenders — a scarlet letter that could mark their professional and personal lives for years — if the charge of indecent exposure sticks.

“It’s very nasty,” said Alexander Garlin, a local lawyer who has experience defending sex-related criminal charges. “Over the years, the system, the way of responding to individuals who are called sex offenders, ultimately has become institutionalized. There’s a whole industry around this, and certain critics have charged that the industry is too much one-size-fits-all.”

We'll let you be the judge if these folks are sex offenders.

You can take a look at a video of this year's Naked Pumpkin below:

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