Licking his wounds on Monday morning from running Saturday’s Santa Speedo Run, Mike Harney at least took comfort in the fact that the event raised more than $300,000 for Play Ball! — a foundation he started to fund and help run interscholastic middle school athletic leagues in Boston public schools.
“Still some bumps and bruises,” Harney said during a telephone interview, “but all things considered I’m hanging in there.”
Runners still have till the end of the week to reach minimum fundraising goals of $400. But after sponsorships and donations, Harney said they could gross about $350,000.
About 700 runners, including about 20 members of the Play Ball! team, braved the cold and tiny Speedos to run in the annual race down Boylston Street Saturday.
The race has benefited Play Ball! for the last three years and Harney said they raised $275,000 last year.
“So it’s a huge number for us,” Harney said. “It gets a lot of feet on the field.”
Play Ball! funds more than 1,000 students who play in four different leagues: football, baseball ,girls’ volleyball and Double Dutch.
“This money will go a long way toward funding those programs,” said Harney, noting that they are looking to expand their leagues. “It will definitely go toward improving the programs. It gives us a lot of running room to improve the programs, coaching and offer additional things around it [such as] clinics.”
The foundation ran a golf tournament to raise funds in the fall and has done a summer boat cruise gala in past years. Harney said they are still working out plans for their summer event.
In the meantime, he’ll keep licking his wounds from Saturday's run.
“I’m getting accustomed to what it entails," he said. "The run never gets shorter and the Speedo never gets bigger.”
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