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Watch: Boston's Santa Speedo Run


Steve mentioned the annual red attire (charity) event over the weekend, but here's a video compilation of the proceedings. Looks like a good time was had by all.


(via BosGuy)

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  1. Do any Towleroad readers know what charity this event supports?

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 13, 2010 6:42:52 PM

  2. Am I a prude or is it kind of inappropriate/bad-PR-for-gays for someone to wear S&M gear to what is otherwise a pretty innocent display of cheekiness. I can see my aunt in Wellesly watching the local news on her sofa and having all her ugly ideas reinforced...

    Just a thought, I am sure the usual Towleroad trolls will lash out...

    Posted by: HayesValley | Dec 13, 2010 6:58:44 PM

  3. Thanks for sharing. The event is a lot of fun and raises money for local charities.

    Posted by: BosGuy | Dec 13, 2010 7:17:05 PM

  4. Hmm...they're all white.

    Posted by: Osman | Dec 13, 2010 7:33:26 PM

  5. @Hayes valley - You're beyond a prude. You're commenting on something that IS NOT A GAY EVENT.

    Get over yourself and your presumptions.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 13, 2010 7:34:17 PM

  6. re: wearing harness to the Speedo Run -- they're reindeer, right? Aren't reindeer attached to Santa's sleigh by a harness? Duh.

    Posted by: dgchgo | Dec 13, 2010 7:56:25 PM

  7. @Osman
    Didn't you see the beautiful black man with the silver bow on his pec?

    Posted by: voet | Dec 13, 2010 7:57:59 PM

  8. @Osman

    It's Boston. You've been there, right?

    Posted by: Sam | Dec 13, 2010 8:02:10 PM

  9. Boston's a majority minority city. You should visit instead of just watching Dennis Lehane movies.

    Posted by: Henry | Dec 13, 2010 8:34:07 PM

  10. Many races and ethnicities can be found in the race. @Osman is correct that Boston is a majority minority city, but I will admit the runners in this are mostly white. However, does that detract from the event or mean the event shouldn't happen?

    The photos provided only offer a brief glimpse of the 500 runners who participated. All that is required is that you pay the registration fee, agree to raise at least $300 for the charity that is sponsored that year and a willingness to run in the frigid cold.

    This year's charity recipients were: Starlight Children's Foundation, Play Ball Foundation, and Hospitality Homes (all charities that help underpriviledged youth in MA).

    Posted by: BosGuy | Dec 13, 2010 8:53:36 PM

  11. So? whats wrong with white boyz? I love um

    Posted by: Zo | Dec 13, 2010 10:21:50 PM

  12. There's nothing wrong with white guys. I don't see the point of Osman's comment. It's not even true.

    Posted by: William | Dec 13, 2010 10:43:34 PM

  13. Boston and metro Boston are very diverse. It's back population is around 25%, roughly the same as NYC, greater proportion-wise than L.A. or S.F. The city itself is about 50/50 'minority'+white. Is it a majority black city like Atlanta, DC, Baltimore, ETC.,? No, but on the other hand it is more truly diverse than those cities.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 13, 2010 11:31:33 PM

  14. Regrettably, many men of color in Boston are on the down low, especially men of African decent. Running around in nothing but a Speedo in Back Bay would probably blow their cover. The boys in this particular video are part of the current "it" gay boys in Boston. Same group you see in the flag football videos. They are all, mostly, very sexy and can be seen all over town.

    Posted by: realitythink | Dec 13, 2010 11:51:07 PM

  15. yummy boyz

    Posted by: Zo | Dec 14, 2010 12:03:48 AM

  16. @Realitythink: I'm a man of African descent in Boston and I have no idea which on-the-down-low men-of-African-descent community you are speaking of. Where are you getting this information? Or is your description based only on your limited personal experience?

    Posted by: gagaforgaga | Dec 14, 2010 12:56:29 AM

  17. @Osman

    Yeah. So what? I didn't know that you had to measure and evenly distribute the backgrounds of people in a charity.

    There you people go again. A bunch of morons looking to attach the word racist to everything and find racism where it is not. It is like an obsession. Get over yourself and shut up already.

    Posted by: Tell It Like It Is | Dec 14, 2010 1:01:24 AM

  18. You would think they were raising money for Manhunt, that guy being one of their poster boys / employees and all.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 14, 2010 1:31:29 AM

  19. Nice nice...

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 14, 2010 1:40:36 AM

  20. i've lived in boston 10 years, i've never heard of this thing.

    Posted by: EO | Dec 14, 2010 6:47:50 AM

  21. EO it is highly publicized event in Boston.... first page of every year.

    What else are you missing ?

    As for them being all white --- nobody stops blacks or other races from attending --- yes we get some Black and Asian elitist attending as well - it is an event for young stupid exhibitionists - started with gays (of course) and then was taken over by exhibitionist straight men and GIRLS (ugh).

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 14, 2010 8:16:13 AM

  22. Such festively wrapped packages.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 14, 2010 10:07:24 AM

  23. I think many people are mistakenly assuming this is a "gay" event. However 90% of the runners are straight. This is not a gay event. I just happened to tape and photograph a few of the gay men in town I know / recognize.

    Posted by: BosGuy | Dec 14, 2010 10:22:49 AM

  24. @BOSGUY - and thank you for sharing it. It warmed me up nicely on a cold day.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 14, 2010 10:53:00 AM

  25. @HAYESVALLEY Um, what S&M gear? I saw maybe one, two guys with what I guess could be considered S&M. I saw more boas than harnesses. Maybe I missed something?

    With love,
    Towleroad Troll #48,566

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 14, 2010 2:41:45 PM

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