This tradition of running for to raise money has gone on since 5 guys in 2000 ran around Boston in their speedos for fun. Since then every year in December hundreds of Chicagoans braved the bitter cold while running down the street in next to nothing all. This year the money is for a differnet charity.
The event is called the Santa Speedo Run and the proceeds go to different charities. One year the event raised $5,500 for Diabetes.
The race is a little more than a mile and the people taking part are encouraged to wear speedos, although runners wearing any holiday-themed clothing are also welcomed. Many dressed the part and donned Santa hats, red or stripped bikinis and speedos.
Some people took part as they were sponsored, others paid the fee to participate. That fee included a three-hour open bar and snacks at the bar Shenanigans before the race.
There was also a Flip Cup tournament, costume contest and “North Pole” dancing. Racers were to arrive at the bar and strip down to their speedos at race time. The bar also accepted funds for those wanting to help raise money, but not run.
The video immediately below is some footage from this year’s event which is their 14th annual event!