Idahoans strip down and brave the cold in Boise for a good cause
If you saw a bunch of people in their underwear running around in Boise on Feb. 9, you might have wondered if they were crazy. What could have convinced them to dash half-dressed through the streets of downtown in the middle of winter? The answer is simple: charity.
One of the most highly anticipated events every winter, Cupid’s Undie Run is a charity event that, since 2010, has raised nearly $17 million to help find a cure for neurofibromatosis. According to the Cupid’s Charity website, NF is a “genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and affects 1 in every 3,000 births,”
Why do participants run in their underwear? Because those afflicted with NF can’t simply cover their tumors, “so the runners strip down in solidarity.”
Cupid’s Undie Run is not only a great fundraiser, it’s also a big party. This year, the Boise event started at Tom Grainey’s with pre-race festivities including chest waxing, face painting, music, dancing and plenty of drinking. The races—which take place annually in nearly 40 cities across the U.S.—won’t stop until a cure for NF is found, so make sure you’re ready to run in 2020.
GO! check out our fun photos from the 2019 Boise Cupid’s Undie Run here.