The Santa Speedo Run is a thing and it’s growing

Written by: Joe Bosshard

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The Santa Speedo Run started in 2000, in Boston, when 5 guys were looking to spread some holiday spirit in only Santa hats and speedos. Since then it has grown to include 700 men and women each year and has become an annual holiday tradition in Boston that has hosted thousands of participants who have helped to raise over $1.6 million for local children in need.

The one-mile race is a fundraiser for Play Ball Foundation, which supports school sports programs geared toward Boston Public School middle-schoolers.

The Santa Speedo Run has spread across the country. Scantily clad Santa’s have been spotted running around Denver, Atlanta, Portland, and Chicago, with each city’s race raising money for a different cause.

Anything for a good cause? Right?

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Joe is a former University of Colorado runner with a penchant for numbers and filing tax returns. He started run2run as a distraction while studying for CPA exams.

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