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Cupid’s Undie Run: Runners Fight the Biting Chill to Run for a Noble Cause

Update Date: Feb 22, 2016 09:30 AM EST

Only wearing their underwear, runners warmup for their run on chilly morning down the I Street Northwest, towards 18th Street in the country's capital. Hundreds of men and women gathered together wearing nothing but their undergarments to contribute to a mile-long walk/jog in the seventh annual Cupid's Undie Run. "This is all a fundraising party. ... We're all here to support the Children's Tumor Foundation," says Chad Bartlett, organizer of Cupid's Undie Run DC.

Since the morning of the event was biting cold, the length of the run was changed from 1.5 miles to 7/10th of a mile. However, the cold temperature did not dampen the spirit of the 1,600 participants who participated in the run. "It's the perfect bucket list opportunity. It's something you're never going to have the opportunity to do anywhere else and you're going to be able to have a super fun time and raise a ton of money for charity. ... It's just a blast," says D.C. resident Bobby Gill.

The women were dressed in their panties and bras and men in their boxer shorts and knit caps. Since it was not required to run only in your underwear, some people chose to wear knee socks or tights to protect themselves against the cold. There were also people who wore coats and jackets to an undie run. "It's just everyone out here having fun from all walks of life, any age, any background ... everyone is welcome, all body types," Gill says.

Last year, the same event raised as much as $3.5 million for research into a condition that causes the growth of tumors into the nervous systems of children affected with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder.

According to the event organizers, they have raised $300,000 this year through their running event, reported Washington's Top news

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