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Runners In Speedos Raise Money For Diabetes

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Two of the runners in the 2010 Santa Speedo Run in Chicago (Photo by Mary Frances Bragiel/ WBBM)

Two of the runners in the 2010 Santa Speedo Run in Chicago (Photo by Mary Frances Bragiel/ WBBM)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) - The snow certainly didn’t damper the spirts of more than a hundred people who ran at least a mile with barely anything on.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

At a popular bar on Division street, the place was filled with that holiday red that we’re all so familiar with.

“I am wearing a speedo,” Tom Letter said.

Letter was wearing only a red speedo, and a Santa’s hat of course. He joined more than one hundred others who ran on Rush street to Michigan Avenue, half naked, in the cold and snow on behalf of the Chicago Diabetes Project. The point is to raise awareness and money for cause that some believe does not get enough attention.

“The whole point is to have fun and get people involved. We just want people involved. That’s all we want,” Nicole Stapleton said.

Stapleton, a diabetic herself, said the second annual event is expected to raise more than $5,000.

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