Today I ran a mile around the U.S. Capitol. With 400 other people. In my underwear.
Yes, that’s right folks, I participated in Cupid’s Undie Run, a fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation that actually is an opportunity for people to break a number of laws and have fun doing it. Think drinks at noon, stripping down to your underwear and running a lap in front of the same building where our laws are made. Oh, in the 40 degree cold. SUCH. A. BLAST.
We started the day at the Pour House, a hole-in-the-wall sports bar on SE Penn. Ave. Only registered runners were allowed in, so there were a bunch of spectators/supporters and press gathering outside.
We arrived only 20 minutes before the race started (oh yeah, I also did my 17 mile long run this morning) and “checked” our bags downstairs. The bar was packed with people in a variety of levels of nakedness. Boxers, boyshorts, lingerie, briefs — some wearing cupid wings, stickers, glitter — etc. Around 2pm, everyone filtered out onto the street into the cold, drunk and cheering, waited for someone to say go and then took off running.
The run took us west down Penn, up 1st St past the Capitol and back. The fun part about the out-and-back was that you could see everyone — and their absurd attire — after the turnaround. A huge group even stopped in front of the Capitol for some calisthenics.
DC Tri members represent:
And of course, the obligatory photo mocking the fact that we’re running past Congress wearing next to nothing:
1.1 mile roundtrip and then back to the bar to warm up and reclaim our clothes. We passed a lot of spectators and tourists (including some children) who were pretty shocked and amused by the goings-on. I obviously would be too.
Conclusion: the event was fun and low-key because, let’s face it, actually running isn’t the focus of the day at all. Exactly what I needed after a long one — an opportunity to just enjoy the day, be entertained by the crazy people around me and spend time with friends. I’d recommend participating at least once (and praying for decent weather, obviously). This is the first of two love-fest runs I’m registered for, so here’s an early Happy Valentine’s Day!