Santa Speedo Run comes to Andersonville, Saturday

Tue. December 6, 2011 12:28 PM by Brett Anthony

LGBT runners strip down for Vital Bridges

Chicago, IL - Forecasters expect the high Saturday to be near freezing, but that's not stopping a few would-be Santa's from stripping down for the first annual Santa Speedo Run in Andersonville.

This Saturday, Dec. 10, over 30 Speedo-clad Santa's are expected to participate in the first annual Andersonville Santa Speedo Run to benefit Vital Bridges, an organization that assists people throughout Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS.

"Chicago already has a large Santa Speedo Run downtown," said organizer Karl Sponholtz. "Jeff Colgan (Karl's partner of 11 years) and I wanted to begin an organization to benefit the local charities in our LGBT community."

The Santa Speedo Run was originally brought to Chicago from Boston, where it has become a tradition since the first event in 2000. The Chicago variation, which took place last Saturday, was started to raise awareness for diabetes.

"I guarantee that our Santa's are the sexiest," Sponholtz joked about this weekend's event.

The bravest participants are encouraged to shed their running clothes in favor of red Speedos and run one mile through Andersonville, but Sponholtz encourages everyone to come out and support Santa.

"Bring your bills and bring your mittens," he said. "Someone has to keep our Santa's warm!"

The Sofo Tap, 4923 N. Clark, will serve as home base with drink specials for participants.

What: Santa Speedo Run (1 mile through Andersonville)
When: Saturday, December 10th (Noon sign-in, 1:30 p.m. strip down, 2:00 p.m. race begins along Clark St. north to Balmoral and back), 2:30 p.m. awards and celebration)
Where: The Sofo Tap, 4923 N. Clark, Andersonville/Chicago
Attire: As the name of the event implies, you will want to wear a Speedo and Santa hat. Bags will be provided to check clothes at The Sofo Tap.
Costs: $20 minimum donation to participate, benefits Vital Bridges
(Event Details)

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