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If you’re looking for a respectable way to show off your nicest pair of underwear this Valentine’s Day, train your arrow on Cupid’s Undie Run, a charity event held the Saturday before Valentine’s Day in six major cities across the country including New York, Seattle and Atlanta.
The run is more or less a mile long, attracting runners and non-runners alike, who fundraise individually and as a team.
The race was started three years ago by three friends in the DC area who wanted to do something to help a family member suffering from neurofibromatosis, (NF), a rare form of cancer. Proceeds from the run benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation, which funds NF research.
The run, in its third year, has grown from 650 half-naked runners in a single city to last year’s 52,000 in a half dozen. Likewise, the amount raised has ballooned from $8,000 in their first year to a projected $200,000 this year.
In DC, the presidential mascots of the Washington Nationals baseball team are scheduled to make an appearance, though they will be fully clad. “We’re hoping for Teddy Roosevelt in a teddy next year,” Bobby Gill, one of the run organizers, told The Underwear Expert. Gill is planning on running in a pair of small red briefs with white trim and the foundation’s logo on the back.
“Considering how little there is to wear, people get surprisingly creative,” Bobby reports. (There was a man who ran in a full-length red lace bodysuit last year, we’re told.)
No matter what you choose to wear, it’s a great opportunity to show your Valentine your great taste in underwear while helping those less fortunate.
To join the run or find out more, visit the Cupid Undie’s Run website.