PH ‘underpants run’ a sweaty spectacle

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Jogger wearing only undergarments participate in a fun run in Manila on April 8, 2018. The “Underpants Run”, the first of its kind in Manila, drew squealing runners, as well as crowds at sunrise as it got underway in balmy conditions at an upscale shopping district. PHOTO BY AFP

CLAD in underwear, loincloths, tutus or body paint, hundreds of semi-naked young people pounded the streets of Manila on Sunday in an unusual race that brought a sweaty spectacle to the capital.

The city’s first-ever “Underpants Run” drew crowds from dawn as around a thousand runners in skimpy outfits jogged and sprinted around an upscale shopping district in balmy weather.

“It was a feast for the eyes… people were hyped,” 30-year-old runner Ronald Tugade told Agence France-Presse after completing a five-kilometer (three-mile) segment of the course.

“Bystanders asked why we were dressed that way,” said the IT engineer, who said he had clocked in at a relatively slow 26 minutes because he was somewhat distracted by the many “guys with abs, as well as sexy women” around him.


The race, which participants could choose to run at three, five or 10 kilometers, also attracted a number of local celebrities, with one popular actor and go-karting driver mobbed by female runners.

“Of course you have to get your body toned for it, but there was no body shaming. All participants were welcome,” said Tugade.

A jogger wearing a feathered costume participates in a fun run wearing only undergarments in Manila on April 8, 2018. The “Underpants Run”, the first of its kind in Manila, drew squealing runners, as well as crowds at sunrise as it got underway in balmy conditions at an upscale shopping district of the mainly Catholic nation. PHOTO BY AFP

While more daring participants wore G-strings and body paint, others opted for silly costumes such as grass skirts and baby-blue ballet tutus.

“Everyone stripped down to their birthday suits or dressed up to the nines — there were feathers, Egyptian costumes, superhero masks and odes to traditional (tribal loincloths),” said a post on the fitness website multisport.ph, the run’s co-sponsor. AFP

 

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