Cupid's Undie Run storms 17 cities for Valentine's Day

Cupid’s Undie Run is a national fundraiser for The Children’s Tumor Foundation, set to sweeten the streets of 17 cities nationwide. Photo: Cupid's Undie Run Washington, DC-Kevin Carroll/

NEW YORK, January 30, 2013 — Calling all exhibitionists! Cupid’s Undie Run is bringing “hilarity to charity” in 17 cities nationwide just in time for Valentine’s Day. The PG-13 underwear run is a national fundraiser for The Children’s Tumor Foundation. Run for fun or run to help raise $1 million to fight Neurofibromatosis. All you have to do? Strip to your skivvies and run like a kid again — while they’re not looking, of course.

Organizers describe Cupid’s Undie Run as a “mile-ish run in your bedroom best.” The fun begins indoors at noon on February 9 in most cities and February 16 in Cleveland and St. Louis. The Undie Run itself starts at 2 p.m. followed by awards and an indoors post-run party.

Cupid’s Undie Run heated up Cincinnati in 2012. 17 cities nationwide will join the fundraiser in 2013. (Photo:David Sorcher/Metromix)

Joining the current city lineup of Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver, and Cincinnati are a few towns new to the Undie Run for 2013: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Orlando, Minneapolis, Philly, Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit and Sydney, Australia.

Cupid’s Undie Run began in 2010 when three men — Brendan Hanrahan, Chad Leathers and Bobby Gill — set out to raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis (NF) after Leathers’ brother was diagnosed with the genetic disorder. NF patients suffer from nerve tumors throughout the body, causing blindness, deafness, learning disabilities, and chronic pain. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a research organization searching for a cure. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cupid’s Undie Run go directly to the Children’s Tumor Foundation; Cupid’s Undie Run is a non-profit organization run by dozens volunteers.

Runners in New York City join Cupid’s Undie Run. (Photo: Daniel Pagel/

Cupid’s Undie Run has raised just over $425,000 so far, with the goal of topping $1 million. Runners pay a $50 registration fee and can set a fundraising goal as individuals or teams. Participants have the chance to earn prizes like custom undies, VIP open bar nights, embroidered bathrobes, engraved iPod Nanos, romantic getaways, and other goodies.

Cupid’s Undie Run warms hearts in Denver. Events begin and end indoors. (Photo: Jim Willis)

All runners must be at least 21 years old. And kindly, Cupid’s Undie Run provides a free and secure bag check so you don’t have to bare it all whilst going to and from the event.

Don’t live near any of the Cupid’s Undie Run cities? You can still pitch in. Gimbal’s Fine Candies will contribute 15% of its online sales proceeds from their Cherry Lovers candies from January 4, 2013 to March 31, 2013, in addition to a $25,000 donation as a national sponsor of the run. Visit to purchase.

For more information about Cupid’s Undie Run or to register in a city near you, visit

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runner’s weekly lifestyle web show about running. She has completed six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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