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."
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.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.