Lace Up & Strip Down for Charity: Cupid's Undie Run Returns to Metro Detroit


Cupid's Undie Run Detroit, Instagram


As the frost of winter begins to thaw and Valentine's Day grows near, anticipation for another Metro Detroit tradition is quickly approaching - the return of the Cupid's Undie Run. For those living in Metro Detroit, it's a time to shake off the chill and embrace a fun-filled experience that's as unique as the city itself. This unique event, far from your typical charity run, invites the bold and the brave to strip down to their undergarments and dash through the streets, all in the name of a noble cause. Cupid’s Undie Run, a yearly phenomenon that sweeps across numerous cities, isn't just about the thrill of running with minimal clothing in the chill of winter. It's a powerful movement to raise both funds and awareness for those battling Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of tumors. Participants, known for their fearless approach to the cold and their commitment to the cause, come together in this lively event, turning heads and opening hearts as they race for a world free of Neurofibromatosis. In Metro Detroit, this event is more than just a run; it's a testament to the community's spirit of giving, camaraderie, and a little bit of cheeky fun.

  


At the core of Cupid's Undie Run are three fundamental values that resonate throughout the event: Lead with Love, Innovate and Co-Create, and Attitude is Everything. These principles are not just slogans; they are the lifeblood of the event, inspiring a loyal community of supporters, including those living in Metro Detroit and those moving to Metro Detroit, to push boundaries and engage in experiences that are both challenging and rewarding. Leading with love, the event brings together individuals from all walks of life, united by a common goal to make a difference. The innovative approach of running in underwear during the cold month of February is not just a bold statement but a creative way to draw attention and generate conversation around NF.

Furthermore, the event is a co-creative experience, where participants, volunteers, and organizers come together to create an atmosphere of joy, solidarity, and hope. The positive attitude that permeates Cupid's Undie Run is contagious, turning the streets of Metro Detroit into a carnival of goodwill and determination. This event is more than just a charity run; it's a celebration of the human spirit's capacity to innovate, love, and make a tangible difference in the lives of those battling NF.

   

When is Cupid’s Undie Run?

Mark your calendars for a day of unconventional fun and philanthropy, as Cupid's Undie Run returns to Metro Detroit on Saturday, February 17. The day's festivities are set to kick off at Tin Roof at 12 p.m., where participants will gather for a pre-run party filled with lively music, dancing, and drinks - the perfect warm-up for the brisk, mile-ish run through the heart of Detroit. Scheduled to start at 2 p.m., this event promises more than just a run; it's an invitation to don your "bedroom's best" and join a spirited celebration for a good cause. And remember, a little liquid courage might just be the thing to brace yourself for the chilly adventure ahead!

Once you've dashed across the finish line, the excitement continues with another dance party, celebrating your achievement and the collective effort towards a great cause. However, don't forget to bring your ID, as it's a must for participation in this 21-and-over event.

How can you register?

Interested in joining the fun? Registration is a breeze. You can sign up as an individual or rally your friends to form a team, with a registration fee of $40 per person. Visit their website HERE to secure your spot. Not a fan of running? No worries! You can still be a part of this unique event by registering as a virtual runner or showing your support through a donation. Whether you're lacing up your sneakers or cheering from the sidelines, every form of participation makes a difference in this heartwarming, community-driven event.


Cupid's Undie Run Detroit, Instagram


In the heart of winter back in 2010, a spirited group of philanthropists, spearheaded by Brendan Hanrahan, Chad Leathers, and Bobby Gill, embarked on a bold and chilly endeavor in Washington D.C. Their mission? To raise funds and awareness for neurofibromatosis (NF) - a set of genetic disorders causing tumors to grow along various nerves in the body. In a show of solidarity and to draw attention to this cause, they chose an unconventional method: stripping down to their underwear and running through the cold.

This daring act marked the inception of Cupid's Undie Run, a now-annual event with a profound purpose: to put an end to NF by supporting vital research initiatives. Since its inception, the event has made a remarkable impact, raising over $21.7 million. These funds have been instrumental in advancing the research efforts of the Children's Tumor Foundation, a leading entity in the global fight against NF.

Metro Detroit, joining this noble cause, has set an ambitious goal for itself this year. While the city has already raised $10.4k, it aims to reach a target of $50k. The commitment of Detroit's community to this cause is unwavering, with all net proceeds from the event being channeled directly to NF research through the Children's Tumor Foundation. This event is more than just a run; it's a testament to the power of community, compassion, and a little bit of daring, all coming together for a cause that's close to many hearts.

  


For those living in Metro Detroit, this event is more than just a quirky tradition; it's a symbol of the community's unwavering spirit and commitment to making a difference. And for those newly moving to Metro Detroit, it offers a unique glimpse into the heart and soul of a community that prides itself on its ability to unite for a cause with both warmth and a sense of humor. The memories made, the funds raised, and the awareness spread for neurofibromatosis research will linger long after the last pair of sneakers have crossed the finish line, reinforcing the ethos of a community that continually proves it's not just about where you live, but how you choose to make a difference there.

 

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