Cupid Undies Run

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Atlanta is cold in February…especially wearing nothing but your underwear. And that’s just what a few hundred people found out on Saturday during the third annual Cupid Undies Run in Midtown. I headed down to Ri Ra Irish Pub as people were registering for the one mile fun run that raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The pub was packed with people drinking and mingling before the start of the run and I have to say it was a little awkward having to make my way through the crowd of people wearing nothing but their skivvies. As time drew near for the run to begin people headed outside to line up for the start and Mother Nature seemed to find a irony with the sun shining but a brisk wind picking up to chill the racers as they huddled together for warmth. It was cold for me and I was wearing long pants and an insulated hoodie so I can only imagine. The runners made their way around the short course and I will give it to them, the crowd waited outside in the cold until every one of the participants crossed the finish line. They didn’t wait long to head back inside to start the party again with live music, dancing and more drinking. It was one of the most interesting and entertaining races I have ever been to and if you want to raise money for a good cause I could think of worse ways to do so.

Allison Alford (left) talks to Nate Ohs outside Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Allison Alford (left) talks to Nate Ohs outside Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Damon Jolley (center) talks with friends at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Damon Jolley (center) talks with friends at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

David Hauser (center left) talks to Katie Leidner at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

David Hauser (center left) talks to Katie Leidner at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Alaina Daner (left) takes photos at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown  as her mother Maria watches on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Alaina Daner (left) takes photos at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown as her mother Maria watches on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Ethan Fournier (right) talks to Alys Pledger inside Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Ethan Fournier (right) talks to Alys Pledger inside Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Angie Curtis (center) and Christine Clark receive their wristbands after registering for the Cupid Undies Run at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Angie Curtis (center) and Christine Clark receive their wristbands after registering for the Cupid Undies Run at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Achilyse Ann (left) talks with friends at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Achilyse Ann (left) talks with friends at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Lauren Burns (left) looks for a place to stick a sticker onto Devin Roach at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Lauren Burns (left) looks for a place to stick a sticker onto Devin Roach at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Steven Katcoff (right) hugs his wife Melissa as they wait for the start of the Cupid Undies Run inside Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Steven Katcoff (right) hugs his wife Melissa as they wait for the start of the Cupid Undies Run inside Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Dave Gragnolati (left) orders drinks from the bar at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Dave Gragnolati (left) orders drinks from the bar at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Noelle Sagan (center) is followed by Beau Albritton as they carry drinks back to friends at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Noelle Sagan (center) is followed by Beau Albritton as they carry drinks back to friends at Ri Ra Irish Pub before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Julie Santana (center) walks down the street as she waits for the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Julie Santana (center) walks down the street as she waits for the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Damon Jolley (right) hugs Lindsay Baker as they try to stay warm before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Damon Jolley (right) hugs Lindsay Baker as they try to stay warm before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Brian Green (right), Noelle Sagan and Kelsey Weghorst try to stay warm before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Brian Green (right), Noelle Sagan and Kelsey Weghorst try to stay warm before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

John Saindon (right) and Brian Phipps try to stay warm before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

John Saindon (right) and Brian Phipps try to stay warm before the start of the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Runners take off from the starting line during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Runners take off from the starting line during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Brian Green (left) and Allison Alford run up 12th St. during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Brian Green (left) and Allison Alford run up 12th St. during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Murad Mackwani (center) runs up 12th St. during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Murad Mackwani (center) runs up 12th St. during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Melissa Katcoff (center) heads toward the finish line during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Melissa Katcoff (center) heads toward the finish line during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Jim Feenan (left) and Jamie Quinones head toward the finish line during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown as she stretches out his cape on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Jim Feenan (left) and Jamie Quinones head toward the finish line during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown as she stretches out his cape on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Aaron Yovan (center) carries Achilyse Ann across the finish line during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Aaron Yovan (center) carries Achilyse Ann across the finish line during the Cupid Undies Run in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Runners head back into Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown after the Cupid Undies Run on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Runners head back into Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown after the Cupid Undies Run on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

 

Stewart Wyne (center left) dances with his wife Tiffany during the after party for the Cupid Undies Run at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Stewart Wyne (center left) dances with his wife Tiffany during the after party for the Cupid Undies Run at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Midtown on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

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