IF IT’S THURSDAY IN KONA, IT’S THE UNDERPANTS RUN!
The tradition continues into it’s 15th year and with it will bring the usual cast of idiots and some notable participants. Included in past year’s editions were triathlon legends like: Tom Knoll, Dave Orlowski, Scott Tinley, Thomas Hellreigel, Bob Babbitt, Mike Reilly (lead vehicle), Michael Lovato, Amanda Lovato, Michael Mulahey, 70-nutty Australians, Chris Danahey, Roch Frey, etc., etc.
The run conceived of in 1998 by Chris Danahy, Tim Morris, and Paul Huddle as a protest against wearing Speedos in inappropriate places (stores, restaurants, etc.) has morphed into an Ironman pre-event ice breaker and local fund raiser that has become an integral part of the Ironman World Championship event week. Now supported by the McMichael family (owners of Pacific Vibrations), CLIF Bar, Cannondale, Head Sweats, Garmin, 110%, Surftech, Green Layer, Wattie Ink, Betty Designs and, obviously, Multisports.com, the event continues to grow with the mission of having a little fun while giving back to this great local community.
Over the past 15 years we have raised over $100,000 for local charities through donations given towards T-shirts and hats. Last year we raised even more money and will do so again through a raffle for a Cannondale bike, Garmin 910 GPS, Surftech SUP and Paddle, Wood undies and 110% clothing. Remember the Wattie Girls in 2011? One more way to donate back to the local charities, get your picture with the ladies for 5 bucks? You can purchase raffle tickets at the IM expo and Pacific Vibrations race week and up 5min before race start the morning of.