- The Washington Times - Friday, February 12, 2016

What better way to show love than to show off your bod?

Hundreds of D.C. residents will gather Saturday to brrrr-ave the winter weather for Cupid's Undie Run, sponsored by Sock It to Me, one of 36 such bare-most-of-it runs taking place across the country for Valentine’s Day.

The run will raise awareness and money for neurofibromatosis (NF) research through the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF). The genetic disorder can lead to tumors on the body’s nerves, which can in turn cause blindness, deafness, learning disabilities, cancer and chronic pain.

“This is our seventh year of Cupid's Undie Run in D.C., so we’re pulling out all the stops,” said Bobby Gill, COO and co-founder of Cupid's Undie Run. “Bigger venues, new race route, better party.”

Mr. Gill was featured on the cover of the December issue of Runner’s World — dressed down, of course — in honor of his cause.

The event has raised nearly $8 million since it began. Sadly, the Mr. Gill’s co-found of the run, Chad Leathers, lost his younger brother Drew, and it is in his name that the event will be held this year.

Mr. Gill stresses that participants need not be in tip-top shape, or even athletic to participate. All they need is a smile and a willingness to help.

“People think they need to be in great shape to run around D.C. in their undies, but that is so undeniably false,” he said. “Cupid's Undie Run is a judgment-free zone that welcomes and encourages everybody to join in. And if you get a little nervous, just imagine everyone is in their underwear.”

The goal for this year’s run is $5 million.

“Never in a million years would I have thought Cupid's Undie Run would grow to what it has become today,” Mr. Gill said, “but here we are in cities across the globe, on the cover of Runner’s World magazine last month, and we’re on track to raise $5 million for NF research this year. It blows my mind.”

For more information, or to participate, visit Cupidsundierun.com/city/washington.

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