Runners strip down to run the Kona Underpants race

There’s perhaps no running event kookier than the annual Kona Underpants Run. Leading up to the Ironman event, organizers get together quite the crowd of runners and have them run 2.4K in their underwear.

A fun and somewhat rowdy race, the Underpants Run has taken place every single year celebrating it’s 18th running Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the location where the Ironman banquet takes place. It was started Chris Danahy, Tim Morris, and Paul Huddle and since it’s first year, it has grown to become a local fundraiser backed by major sports brands, Garmin being one of them. 

It serves as a sort of pre-event ice breaker and isn’t really for the shy runner. Over the course of its history, it has raised $240,000. For those who enter, the suggested donation is $20. 

Interested in this wacky event? Check out scenes from Thursday’s race? 

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