Penticton and South Okanagan
People run in underwear for good cause
Aug 23, 2013 / 12:15 pm
People clad in underwear took over the rain-soaked streets of Penticton early Friday morning -- but it was for a good cause.
The turnout was for the annual Underpants Run, held during Challenge Penticton Canada festivities, leading up to Sunday's triathlon.
"This is awesome," said announcer Cal Kellett. "I can't believe this many people came out in the rain to run in underpants."
Money raised from the sale of underpants and donations will go to Bikes for Kids, which supplies bikes to young athletes in the sports of cycling, triathlon, mountain biking and BMX activities, who might otherwise be unable to afford them.
Kellett, the founder of Bikes for Kids, said the event for people of all ages is in its 11th year in Penticton.
Participants clad in wigs, leis, and of course underwear, raced from the Penticton Starbucks to Gyro Park. Along the way they were cheered on by a big and cheerful crowd.
Josh Schaidle, a Colorado triathlete who raced with his dog Riley, also in underwear, said it was a fun group event to take part in.
"We like to make the triathlon a whole big event," he said. "And how often do you get to run in your underwear?"
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