There are several posted comments on the main page's Comment Wall suggesting an Underpants Run as inspired by the one in Kona. I find the thread hard to follow on the Comment Wall and I'm not sure a conclusion was reached. It seems like dailene erickson was vocal and had some good ideas for a local charity that could benefit from donations collected for the run. And these folks indicated interest:
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Dailene mentioned the following as potential chartity:
many local fundraisers go toward desarrollo integral de la familia, or DIF. DIF helps the local community in many ways: physical therapy, child and women's sservices, disabled citizens services, etc etc. the first lady is in charge of this and i see her in the gym frequently. i will try to see if her bodyguards will let me chat with her to get this moving. the idea of 1000 or more participants giving 50 or 100 pesos for a 2.5 k i am sure will be well received.
I'm totally in, but not sure if the day, time, and such are firmly defined as I read through the comments. Thought this thread, would make keeping up easier. While I waited to be approved as a member here, I messaged Stephanie Morton @desttwentysix on Twitter. I have been following her for sometime and she is an endurance person in Playa Del Carmen which is across from Cozumel on the mainland. She indicated that the following might be a good charity to consider too:
I don't have any particular bias for either of the suggested charities and just offer this as fodder for consideration. I think having a spokesperson for the charity as Dailene suggested might be possible would be awesome.
good idea to start a thread. i was also thinking....if DIF for some reason did not want to get involved, we could do a fund raiser divided in two: the local humane society which is amazingly active, finding homes to so many animals, as well as a major sterization campaign, and Chrysalis, which is an organization helping kids from economically disadvantaged families continue their education. After 6th grade, kids do NOT need to go to school here. if they do, they need to pay for books, a specific list of supplies, uniforms, etc. So when there is a family of 3 or 4 kids and the mom doesn't work so she can be home and the dad makes min wage, the older kids are often forced to stay home or work somehow to put food on the table. Some of these kids are incredibly smart and WANT to study. Chrysalis has helped some of these kids thru college where they got some of the best scores in the state. it could also be helping raise money for the local red cross, which as you know, will be helping us out the entire event.
since the event is IN cozumel, i would like to see the money raised to help the people and animals OF cozumel.
Dailene I have been an animal lover all my life.
But by living in Guatemala I have to say that I would rather have the fundraiser benefit something to do with people (kids) and education. I think that education is the only thing that can actually help any country to evolve and stories like the one you described can be found by millions in all of latam. I would be more than happy to help in something like that.
We have done an underpants run in Louisville for three years with the beneficiary a different charity each year. Year one there was a triathlete that was killed (while competing in a triathlon) by a drunk driver so we supported the education fund for his children. The second year we supported a local charitable organization called "The Village of Louisville" that provided programming and athletic support for at risk teens after school. This past year we supported the Blazeman Foundation and their War on ALS.
I think you need to find something that is local and will reasonate with the local population. It is great to have the triathletes from the IAMTRI group orchestrate this (because nobody else will) but you need someone local, on the ground to coordinate some of the advertising and to pick the right charity.
In Louisville we had about 125 runners the first year, 250 the second and about the same last year. We even got TV coverage.
One other point.......While it seems that WTC/Ironman embraces the concept of the Kona UP Run (they have pics on their website, etc...) they (WTC/Ironman) wanted no part of this in Louisville, even to the point of saying we could not put our flyers for the run in the host hotel. Just know that going in.....You may not get as warm of a reception as you might expect from what it appears they do in Kona.
If we (the Louisville UP Run coordinators) can help you all get this going just let us know. It takes some work to get the word out but as they say in the movie Field of Dreams..............."If you build it they will come".
I say GO FOR IT! ............. but find someone in this group who is local who will run with the logistics, permit (if necessary), finding some options for local charities (kids stuff works well with most) and getting some advertising done.
pick up your spiderman skivvies.
we are in contact with IM and he is going to put me in touch with our local coordinator. will prob be about $15 donation per person. for me, it is not important to get another tshirt or visor for the event. anyone rather spend more and get a souvenir for the panties run? just want to get input for them.