Nine years ago, I started the Santa Speedo Run (www.santaspeedorun.com) with 4 buddies. It began as a practical joke as we thought it would be funny to run down Newbury Street in Santa hats and Speedos carrying a boom box with a CD of the Muppets singing Christmas Carols. People's reactions were overwhelmingly positive and so I decided to turn this "practical joke" into a charity event.
Over the past 9 years, the run has grown to have over 400 runners, both men and women, and has raised over $240,000. We run for a different Boston charity each year with the goal of benefiting children. This year, we'll be running for Cradles to Crayons (www.cradlestocrayons.org), an organization aimed at providing, free of charge, low-income and homeless children from birth to pre-teen the basic essentials they need to be safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.
I ask each runner to raise at least $250 in donations in order to participate, but I'm personally setting a goal to raise $2500. I realize that we are in a trying economic period, but the kids that benefit from this program still have needs each and every day. Anything you can do to support this event would be GREATLY appreciated.