RUNNERS STRIP TO THEIR SKIVVIES FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
On Feb. 13, you might just run into a bunch of half-naked people ambling past the Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry, or in front of The Buckhead Theatre, or over by Souper Jenny. But don’t fret; it’s not a gang of crazed stripper zombies ready to pillage the neighborhood like something straight out of “The Walking Dead.” It’s actually some of your fellow residents decked out in their drawers to participate in the Cupid’s Undie Run, an annual event that raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Now in its sixth year (its fifth in Atlanta), the event is a 1-mile-long-ish fun run that takes place in more than 35 cities across the country. The event was co-founded by former Atlantan Chad Leathers, who came up with the idea after his little brother, Drew, became a paraplegic while battling neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue throughout the body.
The day’s festivities kick off at noon, when the underwear- and costume-clad participants head to Big Sky Buckhead bar and restaurant for the pre-race party, where they can fuel up for the frigid dash (those who raise at least $250, either as a team or individually, can take advantage of the open bar). Inside, Big Sky’s resident DJ spins hot tracks, while the folks from Q100 radio station keep things lively outside. At 2 p.m., the group heads to the starting line for their epic jog through the streets of Buckhead.
After the run, awards are given out, but there aren’t actually any trophies for speed. Instead, honors go to Best Undies, Best Manscaping and Mr. and Mrs. Cupid. Then it’s on to the pantsoptional after-party. This is one event that truly puts some hilarity in charity. – Jill Becker
CUPID’S UNDIE RUN
Feb. 13, festivities begin at noon
Entry fee $40-$55 (must be 21 or older)
Big Sky Buckhead
3201 Cains Hill Place N.W.
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