Undie Run is wedged indoors due to cold, snow

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Detroit–The abysmal Arctic weather threw a curve at the annual Cupid’s Undie Run for charity Saturday.

There was no run down Woodward, but there were lots of undies on parade inside the Fillmore Theater.

About 700 would-be runners stripped down to lacy bras, light-up tutus, shiny gold briefs and lots of red everything to participate in the 6th annual Cupid's Undie Run, which raises money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. Not one pair of proper tighty-whities in sight.

Friends and Detroit Downtown Runners and Walkers members Michael Kirsch, left, 55, of Novi, and Chris Spencer, 50, of Clinton Twp., dance in front of the stage.

Similar runs were taking place in 30 U.S. cities with over 14,000 undie-clad folks expected to participate. It is to support those affected by neurofibromatosis (NF), a rare nervous disorder, and raise money for research to #endNF. The event kicked off with drinking and dancing.

Among those enjoying the pulsating, floor-shaking music were the Dynamic Duo.

Batman, aka, Jason Bowen, 39, of Detroit, was dressed in a black Batman mask, sporting a bare chest and well, black Speedo-type underwear.

“We do a lot of 5K runs and we wanted to support a great cause to find a cure,” he said over the pulsating music. “Plus we’re both creative and like to show off our bodies.”

His partner, Robin, aka, Josh Whitson, 25 of Detroit, also was bare-chested and sported yellow Speedo-type underwear.

“We’re good at making fools of ourselves, and if that brings awareness to this disease, then it’s even better,” he said.

Nearby, Jude, Georgie and Angelica, all wearing colorful bras and skimpy pink tutus, danced together like they owned the floor.

“We love to support any causes, especially those for children with rare diseases,” said Jude Ann, 43 of Ann Arbor. “We’re always looking for different ways to contribute and have a good time.”

Georgie Pinkley, 44, of Ann Arbor, specifically added that she’s “single and ready to mingle.”

“It seemed like this would be a lot of fun, and even though it’s freezing cold, I was ready, and didn’t care,” she said.

Angelica Simionescu, 50, of Ann Arbor, toned and trim in her tutu, revealed some personal information she wanted everyone to know.

“This is a great cause and I wanted to help find a cure,” she said. “There are other diseases that need a cure. I am HIV-positive and I want people to know they can look like this and still be HIV-positive, because I’m healthy. It’s just a label.”

Race director Angela Melendez said the goal this year was to reach $100,000.

“We hit our goal,” she said.

“This was the first time in six years that we had to call off the actual race because of weather. Although we couldn’t be outside, the most exciting part about it is the charity. We’re just so happy all these people braved the cold to get here.”


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