Putting the Hilarity in Charity

CUPIDS Undies 1Residents and visitors to the nation’s capital prepare for a big surprise.  No, we’re not talking about the upcoming inauguration, but something altogether more fun. So what could be more captivating than the swearing in of the 57th President you ask?

Well how about 1,000 scantily clad runners?  That’s right!  In less than a month, on Valentine’s day weekend to be exact, the streets of Washington, DC will be filled with belles in bras and boys in boxers.  All will be participating in the third annual Cupid’s Undie Run to raise donations for the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF).

Childrens-Tumor-FoundationThe Children’s Tumor Foundation is dedicated to ending neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, causing blindness, deafness, learning disabilities and severe chronic pain. NF affects roughly 1:3,000 births in the U.S. Currently, there is no cure and there are frighteningly few treatment options. The Foundation’s mission is to advance peer-reviewed research to develop treatments and cures for NF; support persons with NF and their families by making thorough and accurate information readily available; to assist in developing clinical centers and best practices to improve access to quality healthcare for those who live with NF; and expand public awareness of NF to improve diagnoses, increase understanding of the challenges that NF presents, and encourage support for NF research.

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Cupid’s Undie Run founders Brendan Hanrahan, Chad Leathers, and Bobby Gill

Cupid’s Undie Run was born three years ago after Chad Leathers learned of his brother Drew’s diagnosis of neurofibromatosis.

Since then, the Cupid’s Undie Run has expanded into 17 cities across the US and to Sydney, Australia with the goal of raising more than one million dollars for neurofibromatosis research.  By 2012, they’d surpassed the $100k mark.  This year, their main is to spread Cupid’s love around the country and get folks in new cities excited about the event and the charity.

The Cupid’s Undie Run DC will take participants on a 1.5 mile run past the US Capitol and the Supreme Court.  Pre- and post-run festivities are held at Pour House and Capitol Lounge. Festivities start at noon on Saturday, February 9th 2013*, before runners strip down for the Undie Run at 2pm. Post-race, there will be numerous festivities and awards. Prizes include custom undies, VIP Open Bar, embroidered bathrobes, engraved iPod Nanos, and even romantic getaways.

cupids1Charitable cherubs can either fundraise as an individual or join a team.

In addition to the DC event, there will be Cupid’s undies runs in NYC, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver and Cincinnati, LA, San Fran, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Orlando, Minneapolis, Philly, Cleveland, St. Louis and Detroit.  Get ready!

So if you’re ready to run 1.5 miles in your bedroom-best click here for more information.

See you in your skivvies!

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