Nothing says Happy Holidays like running down Newbury St in your skivvies.
Saturday December 12th 500 Bostonians will be stripping down to their Speedos and bathing suits and yelling jingle my bells, all in the name of charity.
The Santa Speedo run started in 2000 with a mere 5 runners but has become a maximum capacity event. Each participant must raise a minimum of $250 in order to participate with all the proceeds going to Crossroads for Kids and Bottom Line, both of which serve underprivileged youth in the greater Boston Community. The run has inspired several other cities to take part in their own events, but nothing beats the original.
The one mile run is not for the faint of heart, or the body conscience, as temperatures are sure to dip below freezing. If you plan on participating in the event next year be sure to leave your dignity at home. Spectators can cheer on the event starting at LIR 930 Boylston St. starting at 1pm, running up Boylston, down Berkley, up Newbury and ending back at 930 Boylston. The runner who raises the most money will receive a prize give-away. According to the website, last year's winner received a ski weekend for two, including lodging and lift tickets.
Visit their website here for more information as well as donate to the runner of your choice. Come out, celebrate the holidays while watching grown men and women run the streets of Boston in almost nothing. Don't forget to offer them a drink after the race.