Here’s a great way to fight the holiday flab. People of all shapes, sizes, and holiday finery joined the 9th Annual Santa Speedo Run last December 13 in Boston, USA. The 1.25-mile (2 km) route included Boylston and Newbury Streets. In the spirit of giving and running around almost but not quite buck-naked, the runners gamely stripped down to Speedo briefs (for the guys) and bikinis (for the girls), the only other items of clothing being Santa hats and rubber shoes. Never mind the cold. Among ideas to combat the winter chill were drinking lots of booze, getting loads of hugs, and removing their clothes until the very last minute.
Among the participants were a 69-year old man from Nevada, quite a few sponsors, and college students eager to show toned muscles off. Some came as elves, Christmas trees, and Christmas wreaths. The past few years have seen a number of contestants literally cross paths and become sweethearts. These veterans returned for another go.
What started as a funny thing to do for five friends who got to talking over a few drinks has gone to benefit such institutions as the Children’s AIDS Program at Boston Medical Center, September 11th Children’s Fund, and Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This year the event is aiding Cradles to Crayons, an organisation which provides children with their basic needs, from winter coats to new socks.