The 2009 Santa Speedo Run in Boston (the 10th annual) happened today at 1pm despite freezing temps in Boston. The wind chill made the air feel as cold as 20 degrees and the steady breeze left me chilled to the bone. However, the 500 crazy men and women clad in red speedos were all in good spirits (and humor).
Don’t forget, this year’s Santa Speedo Run will start from Lir on Boylston Street at 1:00 pm this Saturday.
Come down to see a Boston tradition and cheer on these crazy runners who will put on their red speedos (and little else) to raise money for two local charities, Crossroads for Kids
and Bottom Line
With wind and freezing temperatures predicted for Boston on Saturday, these 500 runners will be looking for crowds to cheer them on to make them forget the cold.
December 12th is the Santa Speedo Run. This is a fun event to watch (if not fun to partake) in Boston for 10 years. The race sells out each year (they have a 500 runner limit) and each year the run raises money for local charities; this year the recipients will be Crossroads for Kids and Bottom Line. The race is in good fun in the heart of the BackBay extending slightly more than 1 mile.
The race gets a fair amount of coverage by local news stations as one might imagine. I’ve included a brief clip from NESN’s coverage of the 2008 run below and if you would like to see more, visit The Boston Globe 2008 Santa Speedo Run photographs by linking here
I have been reading several local blogs to find pictures from this year’s Santa Speedo Run in Boston. As usual Boston.com posted a bunch of pictures which you can view here, but the Loaded Gun has included pictures from two friends. I know it is bad form to pilfer without properly crediting your source so I’ve lifted the appropriate text from the Loaded Gun blog and hope that they don’t mind.
As written on Loaded Gun, “Click here for Marciela’s revealing Flickr photostream and here for Derek Lumpkin’s pics from the event. Also, click here for a video giving the, um, naked truth exposing all of those “Philly Boys” who make the trek to Boston for charity.”
I had intended to go down to Boylston Street to see the runners but I was not able to get there in time for the race and will have to wait until next year.
This Saturday, December 13th the 9th annual Santa Speedo Run will take place to benefit Cradles to Crayons, a local charity that provides basic necessities to children. Each year this 1+ mile race raises money for a worthwhile charity as well as a few eyebrows as several hundred men and women run in little more than their speedos down the frigid streets of Boston. This year the forecast indicates the weather will be sunny but with temperatures expected in the 20s it will definitely be a tough run for many people.
This run has taken off quite literally and is now done in several other cities. Check to see if your city hosts their own Santa Speedo Run and slip on your suit.
I’ve included a video from YouTube of last year’s Santa Speedo Run in Boston.
*Thanks to Made in Brasil for the picture…
Each year hundreds of Bostonians participate in a short road race in nothing but tiny little speedo bathing suits to raise money for charity in something called the Santa Speedo Race. Now if Boston was in a more temperate climate this might be considered quite festive, but anyone who has ever visited Boston in December knows this is not the case. Earlier this week our fair city received a sizeable snowstorm and since that time the mercury has not ventured far above the freezing mark. Despite the frigid temperatures spirits were high (as were some of the runners no doubt — or at least a bit buzzed to be able to brave all the ice and snow), when they took off yesterday in the 8th Annual Santa Speedo Run. If you would like to see pictures from this year’s race visit Edge Boston.
According to the Santa Speedo Run website, the run has raised over $150,000 over the past 7 years for the following charities:
September 11th Children’s Fund
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Children’s AIDS Program at Boston Medical Center
Children’s Hospital Boston
The Ellie Fund
Eliot Community Human Services
No estimates for the number of runners or the amount of money raised for this year’s charity, Women’s Lunch Place,was published initially but you can check the Santa Speedo Run website in a few days and I’m sure the information will be available.