The weather at Baltimore’s Market Place on Saturday morning was most accommodating. It hovered around the mid-50 degree mark at noon, and at 2 p.m., the annual “2017 Cupid Undie Run” got underway.
The event is a “mile(ish) run in your bedroom-best (think skivvies and some other unique costumes) on Valentine’s weekend.” According to the program notes, its purpose is to raise money for “The Children’s Tumor Foundation” (CTF) and (NF) neurofibromatosis research. Currently, there is no cure for NF.
In the year, 2016, Cupid’s Undie Run raised about $3.5 million and counting for the national charity. Over 40 cities across the U.S. participate in this laudable program.
Today’s run started at the “Power Plant Live,” in front of Lucie’s Tavern, located at 10 Market Place. The event was scheduled to last from noon to 4 p.m. The participants, around 400 or so strong, ran from Market Place, to Pratt Street & Light Streets in the center of the Inner Harbor and then back again.
Before the fun-filled send off, I chatted with Ms. Kate Holland, the program director for Baltimore.
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Bill Hughes is an attorney, author, actor and photographer. His latest book is “Byline Baltimore.” It can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/William-Hughes/e/B00N7MGPXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1