More than 170 gay and straight scantily-clad holiday revelers ran through Virginia-Highland Saturday afternoon to raise money—and more than a few eyebrows—for charity as part of the Atlanta Speedo Santa Run.
The lighthearted event opened at Dark Horse Tavern, no doubt to give participants a little liquid inspiration as they stripped down to Speedos, Santa hats, gloves and a few well-placed holiday decorations before hitting the streets for a 1.3-mile run. Temperatures flirted with the 40-degree mark.
The run looped Virginia-Highland before ending at the pub, with crowds of participants clogging Highland Avenue as onlookers snapped photos and television news crews interviewed the runners. Participants competed for a handful of prizes, including Top Fundraiser, Super Santa and best male and female outfits.
The event raised an estimated $40,000 for CHRIS Kids, a nonprofit that assists children and families through counseling, housing and camps. The organization’s Rainbow Program helps homeless LGBT youth.
The Santa Speedo Run started in Boston nine years ago by five friends looking to have a little holiday fun and has since raised more than $400,000.