Mayor Dyer participates in 1st ever Undie Run

Hundreds gather in their underwear for a good cause

Author: Lisa McDonald, Assignment Editor, lmcdonald@wkmg.com
Published On: Feb 09 2013 03:02:48 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 09 2013 04:38:30 PM EST
Mayor Undie Run
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Saturday marked the first ever Cupid's Undie Run in downtown Orlando to raise money for neurofibromatosis.

Mayors Buddy Dyer of Orlando and Bill Brooks of Belle Isle ran a mile through downtown Orlando, joining University of Central Florida students and other participants while showing off their favorite Valentine's day under garments to raise money for a great cause.

"As a parent of a daughter with NF, I am always looking for fun ways to raise research dollars and build awareness of the issues associated with this condition," said Mayor Bill Brooks of Belle Isle.

"I issued a challenge to all the mayors in Orange County and Mayor Dyer was the first to step up and agree to run," Brooks said.

The Cupid's Undie Run, started in 2010 in Washington, D.C., has grown to 17 cities across the world this year and is expected to raise $1.5 million for the Children's Tumor Foundation.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was one of more than 100 entrants who participated in the run that kicked off at 2:30 p.m. and ended on Church Street.

"The city has not seen an event like this for years, at least since the Queen Kumquat Sashay event from years ago," Brooks said. 

"It's going to be fun, not just for the runners, but for the spectators and those who are caught off guard by a group of people running around town in their underwear," Brooks said.

The Children's Tumor Foundation is a non-profit medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by the neurofibromatoses.