BATHURST will miss out for the second year in a row on the annual Cupid's Undie Run due to COVID restrictions, however a range of online challenges await those looking to still join in the fun and help raise much needed funds.
After three successful years in a row from 2017 to 2019, the 2020 event was cancelled late just as COVID-19 was beginning to make it's mark known.
With the 2021 version now cancelled, Bathurst Cupid's Undie Run organiser, Amy Toole, said that restrictions again made the event too difficult to organise.
"We made the decision on Thursday not to go ahead, but it was a hard decision to make," she said.
"In the end there were just too many factors that would be hard to control, especially given it is a volunteer event and we are trying to raise funds.
"No-one can be sure what sign-in requirements, crowd limits or other restrictions will be in place so we decided it would be best to encourage people to jump on the website, look at the range of challenges the organisers have come up with and then host their own smaller events."
Ms Toole said that they were aiming to be back bigger and better than ever in 2022.
"It is a fun event and a lot of people really looked forward to it," she said.
"We are hoping that everything is back to normal by next year and we can really start growing the run and getting more people involved."
Instead the Children's Tumour Foundation, organisers of the Cupid's Undie Run, are hosting an online version of the event which will run from Sunday, February 14 to Sunday, February 28.
This year will kick off with "Undie Sunday", an online version of its signature run, before offering up cheeky new challenges each day across the following two weeks.
The challenges include runners singing love songs in their undies and making surprise appearances at major shopping chains, while the final challenge will see participants attend a Virtual Sunday Session on Sunday, February 28 with music, comedy and awards on offer for fundraisers and runners.
Head of Marketing and Fundraising for the Children's Tumour Foundation, Renee Anschau, said that the Cupid's Undie Run helped to raise much needed funds for Neurofibromatosis (NF) research and gave the NF community a voice, along with celebrating people's differences.
"It may seem like a bit of fun, but once you have stripped down to your undies in public, people want to know why," she said.
"NF affects everyone differently and can be physically disfiguring, which can lead to feelings of social isolation, anxiety and depression."
The list of challenges can be found on their website along with a range of official Cupid's branded undies for you to wear throughout the two weeks of challenges.
Runners can sign up now before the February 14 cutoff date at www.cupidsundierun.com.au, and get a head-start on fundraising.
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