Runners on Folly helped spread the love while running in their undies to raise some money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Cupid’s Undie Run began in 2010 in D.C. and now hosts runs from Atlanta to Sydney, Australia, according to the Charleston Scene. Approximately 200 runners ran a mile in their undies on Folly. Charleston participants raised close to $13,000 dollars for the run by Valentine’s Day. Last year, the annual undie run raised $1.3 million dollars for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
The race kicked off with warm weather, and the Folly crowd hung out at the celebration sponsored by Loggerheads. Local radio station 95SX was broadcasting live from the race. Runners were decked out in tutus, boxers, wings, cupid gear, and lots of red for the post Valentines Day run. Several runners were excited to run on the first warm day the Lowcountry has seen in weeks. “We thought it would be a really cool way to raise some money for charity and to spend the day at Folly,” said race participant, Sarah. She and her friends decided to join the run after hearing about the race from friends in D.C.
A firefighter dressed in full gear finished the race carrying the American Flag. After the run, the celebration the crowd and runners celebrated until 4. The final total raised by Charleston participants was $28,275 dollars, according to cupidsundierun.com. This year, Cupids Undie Run has raised a total of $2,678,190 dollars. This was the first year Cupid’s Undie Run was held on Folly. With the fundraising success and avid support from runners and spectators, Cupids Undie Run will likely return to Folly next year.