10 things you need to know about doing Cupid’s Undie Run!
Cupid’s Undie Run draws a crowd….why? Because Aussies love seeing the underdog in their undies and giving it a go for a great cause!
But sometimes in the hype and hoopla people don’t get to see THE REAL CUPID, and they get cold feet.
So here’s 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CUPID’S UNDIE RUN and then figure out if it’s right for you.
There’s no fashion police
Really though. Yes we’re Cupid’s Undie Run but if you’ve ever seen some of our photos – people get crazy and wear all kinds of stuff. The costumes really do make the day so much more fun so get your angel wings and tutus and get pretty.
NO ONE WILL MAKE YOU TAKE YOUR SHIRT OFF unless you really want us to 😉
There are also a lot of people at our event who are living with neurofibromatosis (NF) and might not feel comfortable stripping down to skivvies – and that’s okay!
We want you to come to Cupid’s and wear whatever you’re comfortable with (but still no g-strings, lacey see-through stuff – be respectful…)
It’s not a “real run”
We like to say that Cupid’s is “1.5kmish” because the courses vary in length from city to city. There’s no timer, no starting gun, no race tags and we don’t declare a winner. It’s spirited much more like an Aussie undie run in your dacks. Remember when you used to dare your friends to do it? Well now you really can!
That said we do attract a lot of runners who want to add this to their portfolio, just keep in mind that the only medals we give are for the top fundraisers and best dressed – because ultimately we’re doing this TO CURE NEUROFIBROMATOSIS.
We aren’t fitness models
ALL body types and fitness levels are welcome at Cupid’s Undie Run. You might’ve seen some ripped sexy people in our ads but the reality of Cupid’s is that everyone is different we want to promote that if we were all the same life would be very boring!
We also sometimes meet people who have disabilities who don’t want to come to the “run” but are stoked when we tell them they can join the party and participate in as little or as much as they want.
You don’t have to be “in shape”
Whether 1.5km is your warmup, or your stretch goal to the donut shop – we want you to come to Cupid’s and run like no one is watching!
Like we wrote above in items 1 – 3, Cupid’s is a come-as-you-are event. You’re not timed on the run; people sometimes walk and that’s ok too it’s just more time hanging in your undies!
Again, the goal of Cupid’s is RAISING MONEY TO CURE NF and HAVING FUN IN THE PROCESS.
We have skin in the game
Literally. Cupid Charities (the team behind Cupid’s Undie Run) is made up of a small National team and countless volunteers across the country.
Many of the National team and most of the volunteers are connected to neurofibromatosis because a son, daughter, brother, sister, mum or dad has it – and in some cases the person working with us has NF.
Because of this, we are DEEPLY dedicated to doing whatever we can to make our events successful and bring in vital research dollars.
We love our science
The net proceeds of Cupid’s Undie Run is donated to the Children’s Tumour Foundation and specifically earmarked for research.
It’s better with friends
Maybe you and I are different, but standing by myself in my undies in a bar is not my idea of a good time. Now throw in my squad, hook us up with a bar because we’re awesome fundraisers and team builders and I’d say that’s one of the best times you’ll have all year.
We know it will be hot
The Australian summer… what better time of year to get your gear off! Yes, it will be hot but that’s why we get to the venue early to make sure we are hydrated and ready for the run; just remember your sunscreen and a hat!
D-Bags get the curb
If you get rowdy, black-out drunk, puke-drunk or wanna grab any body part that doesn’t belong to you – you’re out, no questions asked. That includes consensual activity – keep that on tindr, grindr, light sabr or whatever you kids are doing these days.
Cupid’s first and foremost is a charitable party and everyone there needs to be respected. Anyone encroaching on someone else’s ability to have fun is dunzo.
We take this very seriously.
There are a lot of NF-focused charities out there that have different, venerable missions. Some focus on patient care, for instance when someone is diagnosed they will be the first voice to say “it’s okay, we can walk with you through this.”
The Children’s Tumour Foundation focuses primarily on research – finding a cure. Like we said in #5, we are a family heavily affected by NF and we think CTF is the best chance we have to find a cure.