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Cupid’s Undie Run – Pittsburgh

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Running…in your underwear…in February…in Pittsburgh? We know this might sound like a crazy idea, but hear us out. It’s for a really amazing cause.

Cupid’s Undie Run is the driving force behind running in your britches and they sure do have fun while doing it. It’s an event you don’t want to miss and we’re here to give you a brief explanation of what it’s all about.

According to its website, “Cupid’s charity is on a mission to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF).” NF is a rare genetic disease, affecting every 1 in 3,000 children, making it more prevalent than cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease combined. 

Neurofibromatosis causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the entire body. Other symptoms include blindness, deafness, agonizing pain, disfigurement, learning disabilities, and cancer. 

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for NF, but Cupid’s Undie Run is on a mission to change that.

Why We Wear Our Undies!

Participants wear their undies to show support for those with NF. Unfortunately, people battling NF can’t necessarily hide the tumors growing on their bodies. Sometimes, clothes just won’t do the trick. Therefore, we don’t wear our clothes out of solidarity! 

However, runners DO NOT have to wear their underwear if they are not comfortable! We highly encourage crazy outfits like tutus, onesies, and even crazy awesome pajamas! We just ask that you keep your ‘fit to a PG-13 rating for the kids!

Their impact!

A total of 107,000 runners, 247,000 individual donations in over 30+ cities, have contributed $18.9 million in funds raised. All of which goes to Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF).

CTF is the world’s largest NF researcher and together with the Cupid’s Undie Run, they have worked tirelessly to their common goal of finding a cure. Through the support of Cupid’s Undie Run, CTF has concluded 116 preclinical studies which led to 16 clinical trials. One of those resulted in more than 70% of patients seeing tumors reduce from 20%-50%.  

This is a fun run!

It’s no joke when we say this is a “brief” run. No seriously, it’s only about a mile long! Plus, the whole day is one giant party. 

Get pumped up with live music, dancing, and drinks at  McFadden’s. Then, after the run, head back to the bar for a well-deserved “cool-down” cocktail!

📷 Cupid's Undie Run

Not only does this run benefit those battling NF but it also provides a safe space for those who participate to get whacky! So make sure to pick out your craziest outfit, brave the cold weather and help raise awareness for NF.

Participants who raise $100 receive a commemorative t-shirt. If you raise $250, they will throw in a pair of special undies + accommodate you with an open bar!  But that’s not all! Click here to see the full list of fundraising incentives!

Event Details
🗓 FEB 8 | 12PM–4PM
📍 McFadden’s

If you can’t make it to the run but still would like to support, you can make a custom donation here!

For more information, make sure to follow Cupid’s Undie Run  on Instagram and Facebook


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Britta Moletz

Britta Moletz

Britta is a City Manager for UNATION and author for the Stuff to Do in Pittsburgh Blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Pittsburgh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinPittsburgh on Instagram and Facebook.

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