If you happen to be strolling around Victoria Harbour on Sunday 9 February, do not be alarmed when several hundred people in their finest jocks and crop tops come racing past you – it’s just the inaugural Cupid’s Undie Run. The 1.5-kilometre, Valentine’s-Day-inspired run will be raising money for the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia (CTF), a not-forprofit organisation that funds research into neurofibromatosis and assists in supporting and caring for those living with it.
Neurofibromatosis (or NF) is a genetic condition that causes tumours to grow on nerves throughout the body. Although it affects more Australians than cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease and muscular dystrophy combined, few people have heard of NF, and there is currently no cure for this incredibly debilitating condition. Those with NF can suffer blindness, deafness, learning difficulties, cancer and chronic pain.
The event was founded in 2010 in the US by a group of mates (one of whom has a brother with NF) as a playful and fun way to raise money for an under-recognised cause. Since then, the event has
grown rapidly and is now hosted in several cities around the world, with nearly 20,000 runners expected to participate in the events this year. “Everyone gets out there in a variety of outfits. Guys will shave hearts into their chests, girls will wear tutus – it’s a hilarious time from beginning to end,” says Melbourne Cupid’s Undie Run organiser Lee Mackie.
Victoria Harbour’s Watermark Restaurant and Bar is hosting the festivities on the day, with a barbecue from midday and a group dinner at the end of the event. Mackie says Watermark was chosen as the location for the race for a variety of reasons. “We looked at a number of locations, but we wanted a nice, open venue with space and an indoor/outdoor feeling.” (The event is also a good way to celebrate the fact that 2014 marks Watermark’s tenth anniversary at Victoria Harbour.)
So, why an undie run? Mackie says it’s partly to do with the event occurring around Valentine’s Day, but that it’s also about stepping out of one’s comfort zone and being brave like the kids suffering from NF have to be. “The Run is raising funds, but it’s also raising awareness, and it’s doing so in a way that creates a lively and passionate group of do-gooders.”
Start a team, join a team, or just run solo and make some new friends!
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The party starts at 12:00pm , run time is 2:00pm , then back for more fun until 4:00pm . Arrive early and stay late... and feel free to remain pants-less the entire time!
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