Saturday, October 15, 2005

I love Hawaii

There are so many reasons to love Hawaii. For me, I hold a lot of memories there. Ive gone there on vacations with my family and Ive been there with Nathan b/c True Vibe had a show there over Valentine's Day while we were dating. But my most important memory there was my wedding. The reason we chose to get married in Hawaii is because we loved what the locals call "the Aloha spirit." Its a feeling that everything takes place on time naturally without having to rush things or make them happen. Its a laid back atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, accepted, and home. Its a place where crazy things happen and freedom is lived out on a daily basis. I was reminded of this fun atmosphere when I came across the following article...

100 Turn Out for Annual Underpants Run
By Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - 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.
Some of the international athletes who come to Hawaii to train in and around the village for the race in the week before the event sparked the idea for the fun run, which began with three people in 1997.
"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."
After taking a pledge not to wear racing Speedos for anything other than swimming, the runners took off to Kailua Pier for a quick round of calisthenics and then continued along Alii Drive.
Some runners sported their best Calvin Klein or Banana Republic undies. Others were more creative _ grass skirts, coconut bras, black and yellow Joe Boxers, even the layered look with bright white Hanes peeking out from under a colorful thong.
Huddle and co-founder Roch Frey drafted their wives to sell T-shirts printed with the phrase "I see London, I see France, No, it's your underpants," for $20 each, with the proceeds benefiting West Hawaii Special Olympics.
Huddle's wife, Paula Newby-Fraser, is an eight-time Ironman winner and Frey's wife, Heather Fuhr, won the race in 1997 and is considered a favorite this year.
As the runners went through their warm-ups at the pier, several Speedo-clad triathletes looked on, fully aware that their attire was the butt of the day's joke.




Now doesnt that make you want to just get out there and run?

1 comment:

Iz said...

Bethany, I would run with you if we could run in our skivies! Because then, no one would be laughing at me because I'm so NOT a runner...they'd just be mezmerized by girls in their undies! I could be a runner!!

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