MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Hey, everybody. Happy almost Valentine's Day. And welcome back to "Metro Connection." I'm Rebecca Sheir and today's show is all about attraction. Now, if you're the sort of person whose attracted to supporting worthy causes, getting to know more people and running, you might want to listen up. The event we'll hear about next could very well be right up your alley. Oh, wait. Oh, let me read that again. You're the sort of person who's attracted to supporting worthy causes, getting to know new people and running -- okay, yeah, I totally forgot to read a crucial part of that sentence. It isn't just running. It's running in your underwear. So what qualifies as underwear exactly?
MS. TAMARA FORYS
We leave it open to interpretation. So most women are in, say, panties and a sports bra, most guys do wear boxers or some tighty-whiteys . We have seen some tighty-whiteys out there.
The voice you heard just now belongs to Tamara Forys. She's one of the driving forces behind the 2nd Annual Cupid's Undie Run, a one mile race in Washington, D.C. to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. The event is happening this weekend. So I recently met up with Tamara outside the place where the Undie Run kicks off, the Pour House, a bar and restaurant in Capitol Hill. So today, it's, what, like, 30, what, 35?
I think it's 35.
Okay. And both of us are wearing North Face coats. I'm wearing under this, my, like, Patagonia poly-thermal top. I've got a hat on. You've got a hat on. I'm fairly comfortable. If we sat here a long time, it'd probably get a little chilly. So what's it like to be out here in your undies? How do you stay warm?
Initially, it is a shock to the system, wakes you right up. We definitely design the course with that in mind. It's only a mile so if you're a really fast runner, you can get it done in five minutes. You know, most of us are probably out there for eight to ten minutes.
So last year was the inaugural Undie Run?
And how did it go?
Well, it was the Saturday after the D.C. government had been shut down for snow-mageddon so we were a little bit worried that no one was going to show up. But we ended up having over 500 people at the event. And there were some great costumes last year. We had a woman who created, sort of, a censored outfit. So she had two black poster boards, I guess, that said, censored, that she held up in front of herself. Although she was wearing something under it, but it didn't look like it. We also had a guy who shaved a heart into his chest hair.
And I must say, he was a big hit with the ladies. And I know he's participating again this year so he had a great time.
We'll see if he can outdo himself this year.
I'm interested to see what he comes up with because this year we do have some good prizes for best costume. And one thing that we did differently this year is we asked people to fundraise in addition to just their registration fee and people have been having a great time with that. Balance Gym in D.C. had a dodge ball tournament and they raised $500 for their Cupid's Undie Run team. Individuals have come up with some very creative ways of getting their friends and family to donate.
For example, one of our participants, on his website -- so when you sign up for the race, you get a personalized website that your friends and family can donate to. And he posted on there that he would personally clean the top donator's home in his underwear. So he's been doing really well.
How much money did you make last year for the Children's Tumor Foundation?
Last year, we made about $10,000, $12,000. This year, in donations alone -- in online donations, we have $25,000. People have really been so generous and it's going to such a great cause.
I want to hear more about that cause. Can you talk a little bit more about it?
Absolutely. The Children's Tumor Foundation, they raise money for research and development to find treatment for three genetic disorders called Neurofibromatosis one and two and Schwannomatosis. And these are genetic disorders that affect one in 3,000 kids in the U.S. They cause tumors to grow on different parts of your body, depending on the form of the disease that you have. And you can have a very mild case or you can -- it can really be a debilitating disorder.
A lot of these kids are so brave. And right now, there's no treatment and there's no cure for any of these disorders. So the funding for research is really important.
So back to the race now. Can you explain the race route? Obviously, we start here at the Pour House and from there, where do we go?
So we come out of the Pour House onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Then we take a brief turn onto Independence for about a block. We turn right onto 1st so that's the street in-between the United States Capital and the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. Go north on 1st and then we just do a loop around and back down Pennsylvania southeast back to the Pour House which is on Pennsylvania between 3rd and 4th.
So it's a really great route. We're going right behind the capital. You're going to see the Supreme Court.
In your undies.
In your undies. So hopefully none of the justices will be at work on Saturday. Or if they are, they will be busily reading briefs.
That was an unintended pun, but a good one.
Well, Tamara, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today and good luck with the race.
Thank you so much for having me.
This year's Undie Run is filled to capacity. All racing slots have been filled. But if you want to find out how you can cheer on the courageous competitors or learn more about the Children's Tumor Foundation, check out our website, metroconnection.org.
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