Back for a fourth year, the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run is bigger than ever with a focused goal in 2012 of raising $150,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer, a non-profit dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support.
Since its inception, the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run has more than tripled in size and contributions to local charities. This year, the event will again push the envelope with more festive attire and more scantily clad men and women running down the frosty streets of Midtown.
On December 8 at 2 p.m., approximately 250 runners will take their positions at the starting line for a holiday-inspired scramble through the heart of Atlanta. The approximately one-mile course starts and ends at Hudson Grille, located at 942 Peachtree Street. Following the cold weather dash, participants will return to Hudson Grille for an event celebration and award ceremony. There is a $25 registration fee and each participant is asked to raise a minimum of $250.
“Each year the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run grows larger and more festive,” said event organizer Ted Tuerk in apress release. “We all have a great time, but the best part is building a community and raising money for a worthy charity. We’re excited to partner with CURE Childhood Cancer this year to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer.”
Wearing a Speedo (or similar attire) is required and runners are encouraged to accessorize with holiday themed flair such as Santa hats, beards, stockings and other festive accents. For more information about the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run, including how to become a participant or a sponsor, visit AtlantaSantaSpeedoRun.org.
The Atlanta Santa Speedo Run has raised thousands of dollars for local charities over the years. Past recipients have included: Bert’s Big Adventure, Camp Twin Lakes and CHRIS Kids. The Santa Speedo Run was originally started in Boston in 2000 by five friends in search of a little holiday fun. See the accompanying video of the 2011 Atlanta Santa Speedo Run to soak in the fun of this annual Midtown event.
Founded in 1975, Atlanta, Georgia-based CURE Childhood Cancer has raised millions of dollars for research and ongoing education of pediatric cancer and is focused on supporting childhood cancer experts, locally and nationally, who work daily to discover a cure for pediatric cancer.
CURE Childhood Cancer currently funds two pediatric oncology Fellows at the Emory University School of Medicine. CURE Childhood Cancer also offers programs that address the critical/urgent needs of patients and their families. For more information, go to curechildhoodcancer.org.