A Chance to Run Around Congress in Undies

A bake sale to raise awareness for childhood tumors. OK.
A car wash to raise awareness for childhood tumors. Also OK.
A nearly naked undie run to raise awareness for childhood tumors? Um, REALLY?

But it’s happening. This Saturday friends and family will strip down to their skivvies to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. This year’s Cupid’s Undies Run will take place on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. when scantily clad runners will jog down Pennsylvania Ave right in front of the Capitol. Representatives and the Children’s Tumor Foundation and families affected by the disease will all be on hand to join in the festivities.

Wait a second. Representatives? As in members of Congress? No, that would be faux George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt. No, real politicians wouldn’t be caught dead doing this, would they? “They would be scared after the whole Weiner scandal,” said founder Bobby Gill by phone this morning.

Gill insists the underwear-themed event works because “first and foremost it is a charity run for an amazing cause.” What’s more, it raises real money. The first year they raised $8,000, the second, $52,000. This year they’re on track to raise $200,000. “I would be surprised if anyone would be against it,” Gill said. “We had to get permission from all the police jurisdictions. We need to provide a little levity to showcase our cause. Apparently it’s effective, and it’s one chance you can run around Congress in your underwear and not get arrested.”

History of the event…

Bobby Gill and Brendan Hanrahan founded Cupid’s Undie Run in 2010 and will be emceeing the day’s events. The family of Meghan Kingsley, a Bethesda resident who is currently fighting neurofibromatosis (NF), will continue their streak of attending the undie run, an event they look forward to all year.  Steve Lorberbaum is currently sitting third in the fundraising competition as he raises money in support of his 13-year old daughter Eliza who is affected by the disease.

For more information, write bobby@cupidsundierun.com.