If you haven't already heard of Cupid's Undie Run, it's a unique charity event that takes place in almost 40 cities around the country, including Washington, D.C. The fundraiser claims to "put the hilarity in charity" by challenging its participants to run a race in Valentine's Day-themed underwear. Proceeds from the event go to the Children's Tumor Foundation and its neurofibromatosis research.
This annual event that is now celebrated across the U.S. started in the capital city in 2010. Now, hundreds participate every February in the 1-mile fun run/dance party. Those who aren't interested in baring it all are still welcome to come out and watch the spectacle, at least.
Cupid's Undie Run is typically held at the beginning of February, the weekend before Valentine's Day. On Saturday, February 8, 2020, the fun stretches from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the race starting at 2 p.m.
It used to be that runners would do their laps in front of the U.S. Capitol Building and parts of the National Mall, but these days, the route runs through downtown Washington, D.C. The party will begin and end at Penn Social, a spacious sports and game bar located at 801 East St. NW, near the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro stations.
Non-registered spectators are not permitted inside Penn Social, but they are encouraged to line the race course, which starts just right outside the doors.
What to Expect
Basically, you can expect a bunch of people in their undies running for a good cause. The mile-long lap only takes about 15 minutes, so the remainder of the four-hour event is pretty much devoted to just drinking and dancing within the warmth of the venue.
Speaking of warmth: The Undie Run will happen rain, snow, or sunshine, seeing as it's so short. In the past, weather emergencies like snowstorms have caused delays.
How to Register
You can register for the Undie Run online. Participants pay $40 for the registration fee and are encouraged to fundraise, which could earn them prizes and rewards from the run's sponsors (MeUndies, Bombas, and S’well Bottles, for instance). Those who raise $250 for the charity get the coveted reward of an open bar in return.
What to Wear
Underwear is the recommended attire for this fun run (Valentine's-themed, if you have any), but if that's too uncomfortable for you, the race organizers say to get creative with costumes, tutus, and onesies. The only rule in this race is to keep it PG-13 (it's for the kids, after all). Because it's February, it would be wise to bring a robe or something warm to throw on before and after the big event.