Well that’s almost not true during these crazy COVID 19 times as the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship was canceled but fear not, we are planning a virtual underpants run scheduled on Thursday October 8th at 7:30am, same day and time that was originally planned.   

Roch will be present and on hopefully on facebook live in his underpants starting with the reading of the underpants oath and then a casual stroll up and down Ali`I dr.  Not to worry, he will be abiding local government rules and regulations while running in his underpants. He will announce all the raffle prize winners (everyone that signs up is automatically enrolled in the raffle) at the end of the run or very shortly after.

Everyone is welcome to join in virtually at this scheduled time or during any other time before or after that you feel like going for a stroll in your underpants in your local community. We are striving to keep the tradition going this year and keep raising needed funds for several local charities on the Big Island of Hawai`i. If there is a year that these charities need our help and extra support, this is the year so let us not disappoint and join in for the 2020 virtual edition of the underpants run. The beauty with a virtual event is that people all over the world can signup and participate, you don’t have to be in Kona!

Please share your event preparation and event day stores and photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages and hashtag #UPRKONA20VR.

Check out the “Event Info” page on the site for all the details but here are the basics:

The tradition continues into its 23rd year! It is only a $20 donation and with that you get your choice of a t-shirt from Greenlayer, socks from Beaker Concepts or underpants from Wood Underwear. We have raffle prizes from our partners including shoes from Hoka, GPS watches from Garmin and Betty Bucks from Betty Designs.

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. Supported by the McMichael family (owners of Pacific Vibrations), Garmin, Hoka, Green Layer, Betty Designs, Wood Underwear, Big Island Running Co and, 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 22 years we have raised over $325,000 for local charities through donations given towards Underpants branded T-shirts, underpants, hats/visors and socks as well raffle prizes from our partners.

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