Who Will Be the Next Captain Underpants?


Some 100 runners wearing nothing but their skivvies turned out Thursday for the Underpants Run, a fun run that has become an annual event in the days leading up to Saturday’s Ironman World Championship.

“It’s pretty much ‘the’ event now,” joked founder and former professional triathlete Paul Huddle. “People fly in Wednesday night just for this.”

Not all triathletes would agree. More than 1,800 competitors from 80 countries are in Kona for the grueling Ironman, a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike leg through the lava fields and a full 26.2-mile marathon run.

“It was a reaction to the abhorrent and unbelievable practice of wearing Speedos around town, in the post office, the grocery store, even restaurants,” Huddle said. “It’s just a clash of the cultures, between the more conservative Americans and the whole European and Mediterranean resort vacation thing.”

So, Speedos are bad, but underwear are acceptable. I wonder what the policy is about thongs. On men.

Thank you SO MUCH to the sexy Christine for sending me this brilliant, wonderful article that you found on [Optonline].