If the time-honored method for overcoming stage fright–"just imagine everyone in their underwear!"–still holds up, tomorrow's run for charity will be a highly equalizing experience.
The national Cupid's Undie Run returns to 20 cities including Houston this Saturday, February 10 from noon–4 p.m., starting at Fuego's Saloon on 817 Durham Drive. Brave souls will lose their pants and pound the pavement for a "mile(ish run in your undies" at the country's largest pantless party.
It's not all gratuitous, though—the annual run benefits Cupid's Charity, a non-profit devoted to finding a cure for neurofibromatosis, otherwise known as NF. NF is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nervous system and affects 1 in every 3,000 people. All net proceeds from Cupid's Charity fundraising—including the Undie Run—go to research for a cure. The charity has raised $14.5 million since 2010. Registration for the Houston run is $40.
If you'd prefer to keep your clothes on but still want to engage in some active philanthropy, this Saturday affords another opportunity with the Cupid's Crawl Pub Run. The annual 5K starts at noon on February 10 at another bar–Kung Fu Saloon–where thirsty exercisers will venture to four other watering holes before returning to Kung Fu for an after-party.
Jogging up and down Washington Avenue will almost certainly negate the calories you'll net with a free beer at each of the five bars–Kung Fu, NettBar, Underdog Sports Bar, Porch Swing Pub, and Fuego's Saloon—included in your $45 online registration ($50 on race day).
Hosted by Kung Fu Running Club and surrounding Houston FFP Running Clubs, Cupid's Crawl fundraises for Friends For Life, the only LEED-certified, no-kill animal shelter in Houston. All proceeds benefit the cause, and Kung Fu Running Club has raised more than $40,000 for FFL since 2011.
So, find your best pair of undies and get ready to run—then drink. We'll be cheering you on, but we'll probably be wearing pants.