PHOTOS: Cupid’s Undie Run in Boston

Despite the snow, hundreds stripped down to their underwear and ran around Fenway Park to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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On Saturday, February 15, hundreds gathered at Who’s On First on Yawkey Way for the sold-out inaugural Boston edition of Cupid’s Undie Run, a national fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Executive director and co-founder Chad Leathers was on-site—heart-patterned boxers and all—to lead the underwear-clad runners on a mile-long run through Fenway Park in the snow.

Hank Morse from WROR’s Loren & Wally Morning Show emceed the pre-race party at Who’s On First, which began at noon, alongside the Burke family from Medford. Morse attended high school with Jake Burke, whose nine-year-old son Jack was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis when he was two.

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The mood throughout the day was festive, with the crowd singing “Happy Birthday” to Jake’s younger son Luke and cheering for Jack, who energetically danced around on stage. That prompted his mother, Beth Burke, to ask him, “Do you think all these people would be out in their underwear if a cure wasn’t in sight?”

The Boston event raised about $213,000, contributing to the nationwide fundraiser’s goal of $3 million this year, after raising $1.3 million in donations last year.

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The inaugural Cupid’s Undie Run in Boston brought hundreds to Who’s On First on Yawkey Way for a pre-race party with food, drinks, music, and dancing.

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From left: Sebastino Vincent, Joe Derepos, Brad Hebert, Anthony Oddi, Zach Taylor, and Erin McKenzie show off their underwear at the pre-race party.

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Cupid’s Undie Run participants Melissa Chapelle and Ellen Henshaw said they were running for nobody specific, just a good cause.

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From left, Thomas Krawczyk, John Delanoy, Rudy Rudolf, and Steven Cameron from Portsmouth, N.H., participate in several charity runs a year.

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Best friends Tanya Capawana from Pembroke, Mass., and Samantha Brissette from Maine decided to participate in Cupid’s Undie Run alongside Brissette’s military team.

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From left, Stephanie Pincince, Joanne McKay, Michaela Kelly, Adelaine Cahill, and JP Cormio, teachers from the Roberts Elementary School in Medford, Mass., took part in Cupid’s Undie Run in honor of Deniro Bruno, a six-year-old with Neurofibromatosis.

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From left, more teachers from Roberts Elementary who ran in honor of Deniro Bruno: Kelly Malloy, Arianna Lungo, Sally Maijenski, Adelaine Cahill, Maria Skiffington, and Luisa Spirito.

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 Steve and Anne Noble participated in Cupid’s Undie Run in memory of Shannon Wachal, a friend who recently passed away after a life-long battle with Neurofibromatosis.

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Andrew Portwine (center) and brothers Dan (left) and Kyle (right) Griffin from Maine pose at the pre-race party.

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From left, Aatif Rathod, Ari Simon, and Stacy Bury, members of the Party Rock Anthem team.

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Hank Morse (left) from WROR’s Loren & Wally Morning Show emceed the Cupid’s Undie Run pre-race party at Who’s On First.

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Cupid’s Undie Run executive director and co-founder Chad Leathers (left) poses with Medford, Mass., native Jake Burke (right) and his sons: nine-year-old Jack, who has Neurofibromatosis, and six-year-old Luke. 

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Surrounded by his family, Jake Burke (left) presents a special plaque to Roberts Elementary School teacher Joanne McKay, who went to high school with him and has been supporting his cause of finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis.

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Leathers, along with Jack and Luke Burke, cheer on Cupid’s Undie Run participants at Who’s On First as they prepare to run around Fenway Park.

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Nine-year-old Jack Burke (right) was two years old when he was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis.

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Father-son duo Jake and Jack Burke dance on stage at the Cupid’s Undie Run pre-race party.

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Leathers (right) prepares to kick off the charity run.

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Participants run along Yawkey Way before entering Fenway. 

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Cupid’s Undie Run participants pause inside a very snowy Fenway Park during the charity run, which raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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Snow-shmow. More runners flood into Fenway.

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You can do it, Cupid!

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Leathers cheers on runners as they make their way through snowy Fenway Park.

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Bystanders cheer on Cupid’s Undie Run participants during their run through Fenway Park.

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More runners brave the snow for Cupid’s Undie Run.

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Tough guys strike a pose.

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Cupid’s Undie Run participants lead Dylan, an 11-year-old with Neurofibromatosis, through Fenway Park.

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Beth Burke leads her nine-year-old son Jack through Fenway Park during Cupid’s Undie Run.