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Cupid's Undie Run Brings Bikini-Clad Racers Back to Miami

Cupid's Undie Run Brings Bikini-Clad Racers Back to Miami
Amadeus McCaskill
click to enlarge AMADEUS MCCASKILL
Amadeus McCaskill
As if Miami's dress code weren't revealing enough, once a year, fun runners take to the streets in an epic scanty fashion show of sorts: Cupid's Undie Run.

This is the run's second year in Miami, and it kicks off Saturday, February 11, at Mana Wynwood — just ahead of Valentine's Day.

Miami is one of 47 cities worldwide that hosts such a run, all to raise funds and awareness for neurofibromatosis research. This year, the charity hopes to raise $4 million (to beat last year's $3.6).

So, what to wear?

"In a city where less is more, supporters have donned outfits with tutus and funky socks and some down to their bikinis," Priscilla Perez, the Miami race director, says of last year's outfit assortment. "Men wear boy shorts and body paint. Because it kicks off near Valentine's Day, hence the event name, supporters dress up in all shades of red."
click to enlarge Runners gather after the race. - COURTESY OF CUPID'S UNDIE RUN
Runners gather after the race.
Courtesy of Cupid's Undie Run
Totaling only one mile, the run is suitable for almost any fitness level — and there are no actual winners. Virtue is its own reward, after all.

Besides, the after-race plans are a reward in themselves. Perez says runners can enjoy "a big party in the Mana Wynwood Tent, with DJ Laz from Hits 97.3 FM as the MC" and "a full bar with sponsors including Pitbull's vodka, Voli 305; Miami Club Rum; and Red Bull, to name a few."

So get (half) naked, run, drink, and dance — all in the name of a cure for neurofibromatosis.

Cupid's Undie Run
Gates open at noon, and the run begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami. Registration costs $35 via
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