Underwear Affair 2011 – Uncover The Cure

On a bright sunny Sunday evening in Vancouver, hundreds of people dropped their pants and ran through the streets!

Brian Webb and Alex Mentele display their Maple Leaf and Stars & Stripes!

No, it’s not a flash mob or the latest social craze, it’s the 6th Annual Underwear Affair! The 10km run or 5km walk to raise awareness of cancers below the belt is one of most fun and sexy fundraising events of the year.
This was my second year attending, no not as a runner, but as a supporter of friends running…someone has to document the event with the photos.  Brian Webb and Alexander Mentele got into their skivvies and represented their cross border friendship (Alex is from Seattle and the sole USA runner registered at the event).
It’s a super fun atmosphere around the run site at the Seaforth Armory as everyone gets into (or is it out of) costume.  Prizes for best costumes and team challenges really makes some people

Creative Team Costumes Abound

get creative with their outfits.
The run begins at 6pm (the walk startsimmediately after) and the first runner was back across the finish line in about 35minutes.  As I was photographing near the finish line I was surprised to see Brian approaching so

Some Costumes Required Extra Balance To Wear Running?

soon, he’d had a great run, finishing in a personal best 10km time of 44:59, good enough for 15th place men’s finisher and 18th overall! Alex had a great run too, beating his goal with a time of 49:45, within the top 50 men.  Impressive results from a field of 598 runners!
Most importantly, the boys combined to raise $2000 (and growing) to help Uncover The Cure!  Overall the event raised an impressive $630,000 for Cancer research.

If this sounds like the kind of event you’d like to participate in, registration for Underwear Affair 2012 is already open.

BC Lions "Felions" Cheerleaders Are On Hand At The Finish Line

Underwear Affair 2011 – Bring Awareness To Down There-ness

Help kick below-the-belt cancers where it hurts!

On July 9, 2011 BC Cancer Foundation’s Underwear Affair® helps uncover the cure for below-the-waist cancers like prostate, ovarian, and colorectal.  Participants will run the competitive 10K or walk the fun 5K and show Vancouver that there’s absolutely no shame in bringing a little awareness to down there-ness. 
Even if you’re not a runner, everyone can participate by helping support your friends and family by sponsoring their run/walk as Teams and Individuals also participate in fundraising challenges.
I’ll be out supporting my friend Brian Webb, you can help us too by donating to the great cause! Maybe we’ll see you in your skivvies too?