It might sound like something straight out of an embarrassing dream: running down the streets of Washington, DC in your underwear. But make the underwear bright red and Valentine’s Day-themed and it all sounds a lot more fun.
We’re talking about running down the streets of the nation’s capital at the 2020 Cupid’s Undie Run with thousands of other partially clothed friends in honor of neurofibromatosis (NF).
Ten years ago, Cupid’s Charity became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and began its mission to raise funds for NF, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves throughout the body. One of the founders of the nonprofit, Chad Leathers, saw his brother get diagnosed with the disease at age 16, only to later watch him become paralyzed from the neck down due to the tumors attached to his spine.
Leathers and two friends decided to create a fun run and dance party to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The thought behind no pants? Those with NF can’t hide their tumors from others, so runners strip down in their honor, showing off as much as they’re comfortable with (as long as it’s within legal limitations).
The fun runs are now held across the United States and have gathered over 107,000 runners, and raised over $18,900,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
The 2020 Cupid’s Undie Run in Washington, DC will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Join the undie-wearing crew for a mile-ish run, and celebrate afterward with a fundraising bash featuring food, drinks and lots of no-pants dancing. // Penn Social: 801 E St. NW, Washington, DC; $45
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Don’t be a turkey—sign up for a local race to raise proceeds for nonprofits or get in some good exercise before those Thanksgiving turkey trot races come around. Plus, the whole family can join with 1-mile fun runs, custom T-shirts and more.
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10th Annual Jack T. Farrar “Fill the Shoes” 5K Saturday, Nov. 2, 8-10 a.m. Join members of the community to create a sense of hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The race will honor and remember those who were lost to pancreatic cancer, help lift up survivors and promote cancer research, awareness and education. All proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. // Hayfield Park: 7611 Hayfield Road, Alexandria; $35
Family Fun Cow Run 5K, 1M and Cow Chase Saturday, Nov. 2, 8- 11 a.m. Love Chick-Fil-A? This race is for you. Proceeds from each race will benefit Battlefield Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the organization’s weekly influence on more than 4,000 athletes and coaches in the area. The Cow Chase is a short, fun race for children 5 years or younger to follow the Chick-Fil-A mascot, and the 1-mile race is for participants 12 years or younger. // River Club Church: 10835 Tidewater Triangle, Fredericksburg; $35
DC Dash 5K Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m. It may be called the DC Dash, but this Arlington 5K actually takes runners from the Columbia Island Marina to the Mount Vernon trail and raises money for the Kids Chance of Virginia, a nonprofit dedicated to offering post-secondary and trade school scholarships to the children of Virginia workers who have been severely or fatally injured in a workplace accident. // Columbia Island Marina: George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington; $20
Quarry Crusher Run Virginia Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-noon “Get to the bottom of it!” At the Vulcan Materials Manassas Quarry, participants will race approximately 3.7 miles (or 7.4 miles for the “double crusher”) to the bottom of the quarry, and all the way back up. If you’re looking for a challenge, adventure and the opportunity to see quarry landscapes up close , this race is for you. // Vulcan Materials Company: 8820 Rixlew Lane, Manassas; $40
Ben’s Chili Bowl Half and Half Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m.-noon Forget stopping at the water station or grabbing a banana, this half-and-half marathon is for runners (and foodies!) who will stop at 6.55 miles to eat a half smoked sandwich with chili, mustard and onions. Once you show your clean basket to a volunteer, you’re able to tackle the remaining 6.55 miles to the finish line. // Ben’s Chili Bowl:1725 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; $55
Veteran’s Day 5K Sunday, Nov. 10, 8-10 a.m. Honor all U.S. service members with the Veterans Day 5K, and make sure to register with what branch you and your family represent. This race offers bragging rights! Plus, every participant will get a T-shirt and finisher’s medal, with awards given to the top finishers in a variety of age groups. For the kids, there is also a 1K Fun Run. // Fairfax Corner: 11895 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax; $30-$40
Birds & Birdies 6K Saturday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. Take the scenic route for this 6K through Pinecrest Golf Course along the Audubon-sanctioned course (a certified course that protects and preserves the natural heritage of the game of golf, as well as the areas it is played). This course is home to a variety of native flowers and bird species, making this a one-of-a-kind race in Virginia. All finishers will receive a T-shirt, goody bag and medal. // Pinecrest Golf Course: 6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria; $35
2019 Sprout 5K Sunday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. With a race through the Broadlands community of Ashburn, all proceeds benefit Sprout, an equestrian therapeutic riding and education center in Aldie. The center provides physical, cognitive, social and emotional programming for individuals with a wide variety of diagnoses including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more. Awards will be given to top finishers and the ceremony will take place after the race concludes with the last finisher. // Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm: 42920 Broadlands Blvd., Ashburn; $20-$30
Spend Yourself 5K/3K Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. This out-and-back race takes participants through a flat portion of the W&OD Trail and raises money to feed the hungry in Falls Church. There will be a turnaround point for 3K racers, and supporters along the way to keep you motivated straight to the finish line. // Columbia Baptist Church: 103 W. Columbia St., Falls Church; 8-10 a.m.; $35
17th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard 5K Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving early with this race and you could potentially win a turkey. The race makes its way through Ida Lee’s 138-acre park on a cross-country style trail, and gathers hundreds of canned food for the Loudoun Hunger Relief Food Bank each year. Prizes will be awarded for top finishers in a variety of age groups, and even the best-themed costume will go home with an award. // Ida Lee Park Recreation Center: 60 Ida Lee Drive NW, Leesburg; $25
She’s really not good at this whole campaign finance thing. Questions have already been raised about how her campaign was funded, her connection to the Justice Democrats group, and whether she was funneling money illegally to her boyfriend for supposed consulting work. Well, there’s apparently more to critique about her campaign’s use of money.
Recently, the freshest of the fresh faces in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, held a 5k “Family fun run” in which she was claiming to raise money to support her Green New Deal.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Queens Saturday that she billed as “a Family Fun Run supporting U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on the Saturday following Earth Day.”
But many of the 400 runners didn’t realize their $30 registration fees were going directly into the lawmaker’s campaign coffers.
“We’re getting together for our own health, for our planet’s health … and to fight for the Green New Deal together,” the freshman Democrat told the participants before they set off.
While the misleading nature of the event is bad enough, that’s actually not the biggest issue.
It turns out that parents were forced to pay $20 for their children to participate in a 1K run separate from the main 5K. That’s an issue because campaign finance law says that it’s illegal to donate money to a political campaign in the name of a child. Yet, that’s exactly what went on as kids were made to register under their name and pay money for the run.
Even kids as young as 3 became unknowing political donors — ponying up $20 fees to join a kids’ 1k.
But by fudging the fact that those fees were actually campaign contributions, AOC may have enticed constituents into inadvertently breaking federal election laws.
Parents, for example, can’t contribute their own funds in a child’s name.
Of course, being that AOC is a Democrat, nothing will happen here. There won’t be threats from the SDNY bearing down on her nor will she likely even be fined. It’s good to be the queen I guess, as long as you belong to the right political party at least.
In the end, what this really shows is just how hypocritical AOC is. She preaches the evils of money in politics, but she’s nothing but your typical sleazeball politician when it comes to how she raises and handles money for herself. If the media weren’t so busy worshiping the ground she walks on, they might try looking into some of this stuff. It could prove fruitful to an actual journalist willing to do their job.
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