Cupid’s Undie Run is a yearly charity run where participants, with a penchant for baring flesh in freezing temperatures, hit the streets in dozens of cities to raise money and awareness for those living with Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors.
When is Cupid’s Undie Run?
This year’s run is happening this weekend on Saturday, February 11. The festivities will begin at Union Stage at 12 p.m. with a party full of drinking and dancing to get participants hyped for the mile-ish run around The Wharf that will officially start at 2 p.m. Plus, a little alcohol blanket will come in handy when you’re stripped down to your “bedroom’s best.” And once you cross the finish line, it’ll be time for another dance party to celebrate.
How can you register?
You can register as an individual or with a team on their website here. Registration is $45 per person. Not much of a runner? That’s okay! You can still show your support as a virtual runner or with a donation.
What other cities have Cupid’s Undie Run?
This year, the event is also happening in cities including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boise, Boston, Buffalo, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, Reno, the San Francisco Bay area, St. Louis, St. Petersburg, Virginia Beach, and Wilmington.
How is Cupid’s Undie Run making an impact?
Why is the run in your underwear? Their website explains it as so:
We run in our undies because those affected by NF can’t cover up their tumors. They can’t put on clothes to feel more comfortable, so why should we?
Throughout its 13 year-run, Cupid’s Undie Run has brought together 108,600 undie runners across 255 events. In total, it has raised over $20M since its inception.
So far, D.C. has raised $132.8k, exceeding its $120k goal this year. All net proceeds are dedicated to NF research through the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
The nonprofit organization has already generated 116 preclinical studies, observing tumor shrinkage with the advancement of the drug Selumetinib. Learn more about the Children’s Tumor Foundation and their research here.
Where: Starting at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW
When: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.