Runners: Don your best holiday speedos and Santa hats for the annual SSRun (commonly known as the Santa Speedo Run), which will hit Boylston Street on Saturday, Dec. 14. This event began in 2000 when a few Bostonians were trying to revel in the holiday spirit by taking part in a run through the Back Bay, wearing only Santa hats and their speedos (or other types of suits). Since that day, the SSRun has become an annual holiday tradition that attracts almost 700 runners each year, and has raised more than $1.4 million for local children in need. This year’s event will benefit the Play Ball Foundation.
Boston.com will cover the event throughout the day with a live blog before, during, and after the run, as well as extensive photos and video of the runners in their holiday finery. Visit Boston.com's home page for updates, and follow #SSRun on Twitter to keep up with the latest happenings there.
Whether you’re interested in running or viewing, here’s what you need to know:
When: Saturday, Dec. 14
10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Check in and libations
12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Preparation for run and gather at starting line
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Run
1:30 p.m.: Post-run party
Where: The run will start at Lir Tavern and Whiskey’s at the corner of Gloucester Street and Boylston Street. The course runs for about one mile, proceeding down Boylston Street to Berkeley Street, turning up Newbury Street to Gloucester Street, and ending at Lir Tavern.
Who: Runner registration is open to anyone 21+. The run is limited to 700 registrants.
What you’ll need:
• A speedo-like bathing suit (no thongs)
• Santa hat, tinsel, or other holiday flair
• Your registration email
• Pledge sheet with any donations collected offline
For more information about SSRun, visit www.ssrunners.org.
Plus, check out our gallery to see some of the fun, festive, and outrageous Santa Speedo Run photos from years past.
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