Friday, October 9, 2009

Underpants Run

Picture from The Kona Times

Triathletes blow off steam in their underpants

Two days before the Ironman World Championship, hundreds of athletes showed off some of their best stuff.

The Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii —

Two days before the Ironman World Championship, hundreds of athletes showed off some of their best stuff.

The Underpants Run started as a way to poke fun at European triathletes strolling around town in their Speedos. The 12th annual charitable event has grown into a much anticipated pre-race spectacle on the Big Island.

Thursday morning, 400 athletes trooped along a mile of the famous race course, dressed in their finest undergarments.

Paul Huddle is a retired triathlete and Underpants Run organizer. He says the world championship is an important race for the athletes, and the charity event "is just a fun way to release some of the pre-race tension."

The event raised more than $5,000 for local charities, including West Hawaii Special Olympics.

Here are some pictures shot by Teresa Nelson (she's the hottie on the right!)...





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