‘Brief’ Run, BIG party 1

Boise’s 2nd Annual Cupid’s Undie Runners Hits the Streets of Downtown Boise this Valentine’s Day
Article Amy Pence-Brown Photography Provided
As soon as doctors gave Hayley Brown’s three-month old baby girl, Nora, the official, spine-chilling diagnosis – Neurofibromatosis 1 – Brown knew she had to do something to help her daughter, so she decided to take off her clothes.
Brown is the Boise Race Director for Cupid’s Undie Run, set for Saturday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day. After Nora’s diagnosis, she petitioned the Children’s Tumor Foundation to bring the race to the Treasure Valley. Last year Boise was one of 11 new cities chosen to host the annual one-mile fun run, bringing 400 people in their undies to downtown Boise.
“You don’t have to be an elite athlete to do this. It’s about doing good and having a good time,” says Brown.
Nora is now a darling, vivacious toddler with curly brown hair who goes to preschool and kisses her baby dolls goodnight. She and her big brother, Gust, dig in the garden and ride their bikes around the Boise Bench home they share with their mom and dad, Hayley and Dominic. After noticing a plethora of multiplying large brown spots, or café au laits, sprouting up on Nora’s skin, Hayley and Dominic made appointment after appointment with pediatric specialists around the Northwest. No one else in the family has neurofibromatosis, so neither parent was prepared for the scary diagnosis. Neurofibromatosis (NF) can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities and excruciating, disabling pain. NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Currently, there is no cure for NF and there are very few treatment options. NF affects roughly one in every 3,000 births in the U.S.
Cupid’s Undie Run is a mile(ish) run in your bedroom-best on Valentine’s weekend. No, they’re not crazy, just crazy serious about raising money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation. The racers raised over $2.8 million in donations last year nation-wide. The run begins and ends at Tom Grainey’s in downtown Boise. The pre-race party begins at noon, with a racing time of 2 p.m. The post-race party lasts until 4 p.m. In the last few weeks leading up to the event, Hayley, Dominic and a team of their friends, who’ve dubbed themselves “Nora’s Angels,” are making frequent appearances in the downtown area in their skivvies, handing out race flyers to passersby and sharing their story.
“With awareness comes funding, and with funding comes treatment,” says Brown. “The whole thing about the underwear is not to be X-rated. It’s to get people to think, ‘What are those people doing running in their underwear in the winter?’ It gives us the avenue to say, ‘This is what we’re doing, and this is why we’re doing it.’”
Runners can sign up at CupidsUndieRun.com/City/Boise. Registration fees are tiered, so the sooner racers sign on, the cheaper the fee. Runners can race individually or as part of a team. Because the main portion of the event is at Tom Grainey’s, you must be 21 or over to participate. And you don’t have to strip down to just your undies, either. Check out the Cupid’s Undie Run website to see how creative and festive people have gotten with the Valentine’s Day and underwear theme without freezing their buns off. Every dollar raised during the Cupid’s Undie Run goes directly to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.