Society Continues Death Spiral, As Runners Speed Naked Through Detroit Streets

This morning, a thousand people stripped to their underwear and ran near-naked through the streets of downtown Detroit.

I don’t know how I missed this event last year, but the Cupid Undie Run is apparently big stuff, not only here in Michigan but in cities across America.   This isn’t Ann Arbor’s “Naked Mile,” in which a bunch of drunk fraternity boys run through a college town under cover of night, as overwhelmed police look the other way.  This is US–American citizens, old and young, male and female, “putting the hilarity in charity” and making fools of themselves on a cold winter morning in Detroit.

The Detroit News reports:

The Detroit event was one of 34 across the country and in Australia.

On Saturday, the fun run took underwear clad participants on a roughly mile-long track around Grand Circus Park and Comerica Park.

Before and after the race, runners gathered inside the Fillmore theater for drinks and dancing.

And don’t bother with them ol’ clothes, folks.  The Cupid’s Undie Run website says,

Arrive early and stay late… and feel free to remain pants-less the entire time!

The event is a Valentine’s fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.  Dan Gilbert, founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans, has a child with neurofibromatosis, and he was instrumental in getting the run to come to Detroit for the first time last year.  This year, he pledged matching funds up to $1,000 in pledges for each runner in Detroit and Cleveland who raises at least $500.

OK, so a good time was had by all.  I’ve got to venture an opinion, though:

THIS IS A CHEAP, DENIGRATING STUNT which signals the further deterioration of American culture.  You need funds?  Find some respectable way to reach your goal.



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  • Money is raised for a worthwhile charity, people have fun, and no one gets hurt. Sounds pretty good to me. I’m missing the death spiral.

    • kathyschiffer

      Oh golly, Bob–Maybe I am just. too. old. This is cheap daytime TV brought to our city. I might go back, find a historic shot and show you what the city USED to look like, when it had class.

      • You’ll have a better informed view of what works and what doesn’t in your home town. I’m just thinking that this isn’t that big a deal in the greater scheme of things.

      • michigancatholic

        It also looks pretty minor to me. Let the kids have their fun, and raise some money for charity. People don’t wear anymore than that at the beach, you do realize that right?

      • oregon nurse

        I’m old too and I know exactly how you feel. It’s just one more insult we have to endure. Here’s my city where they invade public transportation. Believe me it takes it to a new level to have to ride with someone’s hairy *** right in your face (yes they make it a point to stand in the aisle) but they think it’s just all great fun.

  • RelapsedCatholic

    If you want to talk death spirals we can talk about another young man being murdered w/o justice, or euthanasia in Belgium, or the atrocities in Syria and the CAR. This seems like mostly harmless (if low brow) fun for a good cause and doesn’t even crack my top 1000 list.

  • I guess classy people only stand out because there are so many more boorish. Yes, it’s not the worst of things people can do, but that doesn’t mean it’s noble.