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20th annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston

SSR Santa Speedo BostonIt is hard to believe this Speedo run started by friends back in 2000 would grow to be so popular in so many cities around the country but the idea is just the right mix of foolishness and fun. Sergio and I will miss this year’s run up Boylston Street and down Newbury Street but if you’re in town you may want to head over to the Prudential Mall and Hynes Auditorium where hundreds of runners will line-up for the quick (and very brisk) run.

Santa Speedo Run
Saturday, December 14th @1PM
Corner of Boylston & Gloucester Streets

SSRun 2018 registration is now open

SSR BostonThe 18th annual SSRun will take place on Saturday, December 8th

The SSRun began in Boston in 2000 with 5 guys just looking to spread some holiday spirit by running through Back Bay in only Santa hats and Speedos. Since then it has grown to include 700 men and women each year and has become an annual holiday tradition that has hosted thousands of participants who have helped to raise nearly $2 million for local children in need.

Long time readers of this blog will be familiar with this Boston tradition that has been replicated in many cities around the U.S. If you live in Boston and are interested in learning more visit their website, ssrunners.org.

Boston’s Santa Speedo Run is Saturday, Dec. 9th

If you find yourself in Back Bay tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon you may want to head over to Boylston Street to see the 18th annual SSR (Santa Speedo Run). Scheduled to take place at 1PM, runners will line up at the intersection of Boylston and Gloucester Street (in front of the Hynes).

This annual tradition which has inspired more than a dozen similar runs in cities through out North America and Europe starts outside of Lir at 903 Boylston Street. Come down to check out all the activity. After a slight warm up the middle of this week it looks like tomorrow’s weather could be quite chilly so the runners can use all the support they can get.

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Furry Friday

Furry FridaySince Boston’s Santa Speedo Run is tomorrow, I thought I’d inject this photo from a run a couple of years ago. When this photo was taken they had yet to run but were working up the liquid courage to run through the freezing streets of Boston for the 1 mile charity run.

Past Furry Friday Posts

Santa Speedo Run registration opens

Although winter is thankfully still far off, last week the Playball! Foundation announced that this year’s Santa Speedo Run will take place on Saturday, December 10th and they opened registration for the 2016 run. You can save $25 if you register by Wednesday, August 10th.

Thinking about participating this year check out my video from a few years ago or you can check out photos from last year’s run in my post Boston Santa Speedo Run 2015.

To learn more about the Santa Speedo Run and register visit, ssrunners.org

Boston Santa Speedo Run 2015

Boston Santa Speedo Run 2015In case you missed it, this past Saturday Boston hosted the 16th Annual SSR (Santa Speedo Run) in the Back Bay.

This year there were fewer runners than in past years despite the unseasonably warm temperature but there remained (as usual) a very large contingent of gay men who participated.  Notably two large teams that have been raising money for several years: Team Wrecking Ballz who were dressed in black with antlers and Team Straight As A Candy Cane.

Unfortunately this year I cannot make a video but below are some photos from the run, which raises money for the PlayBall! Foundation.  Much thanks to Sergio for taking photographs and special thanks to friend and reader, Kyle Szary for sharing his photographs with me to share with you this year.

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Team Straight As A Candy Cane

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Team Wrecking Ballz

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Past Santa Speedo Runs in Boston that I covered:

Santa Speedo Run 2014
Santa Speedo Run 2013
Santa Speedo Run 2012
Santa Speedo Run 2011
Santa Speedo Run 2010
Santa Speedo Run 2009

As usual, thanks to the city and organizers who put on this fun run and to everyone who participated. See you in December 2016.

Santa Speedo Run in Boston at 1PM today

SSR BostonToday you are likely to see several hundred men and women running down Boylston and Newbury Streets in Boston’s Back Bay if you are in the area around 1PM. This annual tradition which has since inspired more than a dozen similar runs in cities through out North America and Europe starts outside of Lir at 903 Boylston Street. Come down to check out all the activity. Unlike past years the weather today is relatively mild with temperatures expected in the high 50s.

Past Santa Speedo Runs in Boston that I covered:

Santa Speedo Run 2014
Santa Speedo Run 2013
Santa Speedo Run 2012
Santa Speedo Run 2011
Santa Speedo Run 2010
Santa Speedo Run 2009

Boston’s Santa Speedo Run 2014

Next week Boston will host their annual Santa Speedo Run (now called SSR). I thought I’d share the video from last year’s run this evening. I’ll have more information about the 2015 SSR on Saturday, December 12th later this week.

Santa Speedo Run video makes the rounds

Santa Speedo Run coverage, SSRThe video I created for the Santa Speedo Run last Saturday proved to be quite the boon garnering ~25,000 views in the first 5 days.  I wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank some of the news outlets and blogs that shared my video with their readers.  With a special thanks going to bloggers, David (WGB), Kenneth (Kenneth in 212)Joe (JMG) as well as my friend, Jim Clerkin (KISS 108) and Huffington Post.

I would welcome the opportunity to talk to local media outlets – esp. those that focus on LGBT life or those that would like to be more inclusive. If you have any contacts or work at a local media group let me know.

2014 Santa Speedo Run in Boston

SSR It most definitely didn’t feel like Christmas yesterday with the temperature in the low 40s and a persistent drizzle, but that all changed when we walked into the Back Bay for the 15th annual Santa Speedo Run, which brings together hundreds of men and women who raise money so they can run through the streets of Boston in a speedo and little else.  This has become quite the tradition and is an event both Sergio and I look forward to each year.  Enjoy our 2014 video and share it with friends who may not have been able to see this firsthand.

Santa Speedo Run in Boston today

SSRSoon Boston will host their 15th Annual Santa Speedo Run in Back Bay. I’ll be there to photograph all the fun and create another video.  If you are attending any parties or running this year, send me your photographs before 2PM ET today and I’ll try to include them in this year’s video.

Email photos to bosguymail@gmail.com

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Santa Speedo Run on Saturday

SSR This Saturday the 15th Annual SSRun will take place in Back Bay; the starting line is at the intersection of Boylston and Gloucester Street.

You may get more details about the run this weekend  from their website, www.ssrunners.org.

Don’t worry if you cannot make it to the run as I’ll be creating a video to share with you.  If you’ve never been to this annual tradition which is now replicated in cities through out the US and abroad, check out my video from the 2013 run.

2014 Santa Speedo Run in one month

Santa Speedo RunThe 15th Annual SSRun is one month from today. Registration remains open for anyone contemplating the run.

You may get more details about the SSRun from their website, www.ssrunners.org.

Even if you don’t plan on running, mark the date on your calendar and come down to Back Bay and check out all the fun and cheer on all the runners who raised money for the Play Ball Foundation.

If you’ve never been to this annual tradition which is now replicated in cities through out the US and abroad, check out my video from the 2013 run.

Santa Speedo Run 2014 registration opens Tuesday

Boston Santa Speedo RunThe 15th Annual SSRun will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014, and registration opens 9AM on Tuesday, September 30th. Even if you don’t plan on running, mark the date on your calendar to come down to Back Bay and check out all the fun.  You can get more details from their website, www.ssrunners.org

Santa Speedo Run video makes the rounds

SSR Never underestimate the appeal of guys wearing speedos.  That is the lesson I learned this week when I saw my Santa Speedo Run video get picked up by a number of national blogs.  I’d like to say thank you to everyone else who was nice enough to share the video, which now has more than 35,000 views.