By: Bianca High
ATLANTA — Hundreds of half-dressed runners hit the streets of Buckhead Saturday for Cupid’s Undie Race, a mile fun run in celebration of fundraising for the Children’s
Tumor Foundation and Neurofibromatosis (NF) research.
The run was held on February 13th in the Atlanta area at Big Sky Buckhead Bar & Restaurant. While there were plenty of good times had inside the venue before that start of the race, the real action was outside. Surprisingly the temperature wasn’t all too cold for a day in February.
Runners were dressed in everything from tutus to bras and even super hero costumes. Hallie Ricardo was one of the many participants decked in their bedroom’s best for Saturday’s race.
“Fun! A little chilly at first, which I think adds to the excitement and makes it more like a bucket list item where you are ready to try something that you’ve never done before.” Ricardo said. “Running in Atlanta in your Undies…that isn’t something you get to do every day.”
Cupid’s Undie Run has many longtime supporters that come out every year just to donate to the cause. The idea of running around in underwear doesn’t scare off people like. Henry Onians and a few of his friends have helped with fundraising efforts for the past 2 years.
“People with Neurofibromatosis can’t cover up their tumors.” Onians said. “They can’t put clothes on to feel more comfortable, so why should we?”
There was a great turn out for both runners and spectators alike. After all running in underwear isn’t for everyone. That doesn’t mean you can’t still support the cause.
Gabbie Naumann was one of the many spectators lined up along the racecourse to cheer on
friends, family, and other racers as they dashed through the streets in their favorite Valentine’s Day themed underwear and various costumes.
“I’m super passionate about the cause, and watching it grow gets my heart racing.” Naumann said.
This year the Cupid’s Undie Race raised over $250,000 in the city of Atlanta alone beating the goal of $215,000. There was definitely a lot to party about after the race was over.
Following the race there was a live band performing at the venue of the race’s starting point and a small award ceremony for the top 5 individuals and team that donated to the cause to help end NF.
NF is a rare and deadly genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 births and causes tumors to grow on nerves all throughout the body. The diseases can also lead to other conditions such as blindness, deafness, and learning disabilities and sever chronic pain.
Currently there is no cure for NF so all proceeds from Cupid’s Undie Race will go toward the Children’s Tumor Foundation to aid in the discovery of news treatments and cures for NF.
The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families facing life-
threating medical conditions. Last year Cupid’s races all across the country raised almost $3 million for the foundation.