MASON CITY – A fundraiser for The Children’s Tumor Foundation was held Saturday in Mason City.
People in underwear ran about 1.5 miles in a loop from the Music Man Square to raise money. Teams and individuals participated in crazy bedroom attire an costumes. Only people over the age of 21 could participate in the “PG-13” event. Mason City police protected the route.
Local volunteers helped the event operate, and Loni Dirksen was the organizer. Cost to register on the day of the event was $50. Over $36,000 was raised for the charity.
“It’s pretty fun that Mayor Eric Bookmeyer came out to support the event! Big thanks to Mason City Police Department and Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs department for making sure everyone was safe while running! Can’t wait to start planning for next year!” Dirksen said via Facebook.
According to the event rule, “no thongs” were allowed and men were advised to “staple the little hole shut” on the front of their boxer shorts. One piece of advice for female participants went like this: “Ladies- some undies tend to hug every curve, particularly those that resemble a part of a mid-eastern animal. What we can recommend is to double up and wear two layers of undies in different colors.”
(Photos courtesy of David McCoy of Mason City)