While many out in Washington on Saturday were seen bundled up in hats, gloves and scarves that obscured most of their face, outside of Eden’s Nightclub was an entirely different scene.
A throng of people clad mainly in pink stood outside the club at 12 p.m. to party before they ran almost a mile in the cold–with nothing except their bedroom’s best, as the Cupid’s Undie Run Facebook event puts it. While some wore onesies or found other clever ways to stay warm while sticking to the theme, a majority of people wore nothing but their underwear.
But the runners didn’t brave the cold solely because it was Valentine’s Day weekend, though that did add to the fun of it. The Cupid’s Undie Run is a charity for Neurofibromatosis, or NF, and helps fundraise for the Children’s Tumor Foundation to find a cure for the rare genetic condition in children. It also does not just take place in Washington, but in nearly 30 cities across the country.
Due to the subzero temperatures, my initial plan for Saturday was to hibernate with some Netflix and some recently purchased Girl Scout Cookies (thanks to a coworker’s daughter who was selling them in the office). But after coming across the event on Facebook, not even the dangerously cold weather could convince me to miss out on one of the most visual events in D.C. this winter. The photos proved to be as hilarious and colorful as I envisioned them to be, and covering the event reinforced exactly why I enjoy photojournalism so much.
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Download photos: CupidsUndieRun.zip