CUPID'S UNDIE RUN: A First for Market
Cupid’s Undie Run - Wilmington
2pm Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
Caroline Moulsdale and her husband, Chris, ran in Cupid’s Undie Runs in Philly for years before deciding to set their own course for a run on Market. They run to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation and its quest to find a cure for neurofibromatosis, which their daughter Isabelle was diagnosed with at birth. “In the past, we have hosted tea parties to bring our friends, family, and the community together to raise money and awareness – now we are getting together with the greater neurofibromatosis community and running in our undies!” Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday … in February. We caught up with Caroline, post-run:
So give us the recap. How'd it go?
“It went great. I thought it was a huge success. We ended up having 90 registered runners, and 20+ volunteers. We raised a little more than $16,000, but there are still company matches coming in, so hopefully that number is going to go higher. Fingers crossed, right?”
And the weather treated you well, it seems.
“It was a beautiful! I was actually hot from running around. Ideally, it's always better to have it a little colder for these events so people don't linger outside.”
What kind of reactions you guys get from people on Market?
“There were definitely some shocked faces. I tried to go over and talk to some spectators. There was a one family that had their little kids with them and I was telling the kids, 'This is for the Children's Tumor Foundation, that’s why we’re in our underwear.’ I didn't want them to be like, ‘Oh my God, what just happened? Clean my eyes!’”
So remind us of the details of what the Cupid Run supports?
“Sure – 100% of the proceeds from Cupid's Charities go to Children's Tumor Foundation. This is the run’s 10th year nationally, and the first year in Wilmington. Neurofibromatosis, which we're trying to cure, affects one in 3,000 births. The undie runs started with a group of guys, Chad and Drew Leathers and their friends, sitting around wondering what they could do that would make a big impact and be fun and different. They thought, if children are uncomfortable in their skin all the time from this disease, why not have the parents go run around for a day in their underwear and be uncomfortable in their own skin?”
So when you’re putting this event together, how do you decide what to wear yourself?
“I thought it would be fun to be Cupid this year. I had red shorts and ended up going with that as this year's ‘underwear,’ with a red sparkly top and red wings and red sparkly socks because, why not?”
And how was the afterparty at The Queen?
“They partied before and after. Everybody was dancing. We had a body painter, a DJ, silent disco. It went really well.”
So are you coming back next year?
“We've already picked a date. And we had a lot of people say they were going to come back and bring bus loads of people. So I think it's going to grow.”