Monday, December 2, 2013

Santas in Speedos show their support for World AIDS Day

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

race winner Malcolm Williams crosses the finish line for the 2013 Santa Speedo run Tampa Bay

Race winner Malcolm Williams crosses the finish line for the 2013 Santa Speedo Run Tampa Bay

What do you get when you take more than 100 people, dress them in Speedo bathing suits and other holiday gear, and ask them to race through the streets of Ybor City? You get several thousand dollars to help AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP), an organization supporting persons with HIV/AIDS across the Tampa Bay area. The 4th Annual Santa Speedo Run took place under perfect skies at Centennial Park on Sunday as part of World AIDS Day.

150 runners were expected for the fourth annual Santa Speedo Run Tampa Bay

More than 100 runners took part in the 2013 Santa Speedo Run at Centennial Park in Ybor City

Event coordinator Jay Aller expected around 150 runners and 150 spectators for Sunday's run. The course was a one-mile loop through several blocks of Ybor City.

Pichai Malcolm Josh and Tim all members of the Southern comfort boys perform on stage before the race

Pichai, Malcolm, Josh, and Tim, all members of the Southern Comfort Boys, perform on stage before the race

race organizer Jay Aller announces the start of the 2013 Santa Speedo run

Race organizer Jay Aller announces the start of the 2013 Santa Speedo Run

runners leave the starting date for the 1 mile course
Runners leave the starting gate for the one-mile course around Ybor City.

The run began at 2 p.m. with the first Speedo Santa, Malcolm Williams, finishing the course in about 10 minutes.
Everyone who completed the race received a medal and was invited to attend an after-party at Gaspar's Grotto, where runners celebrated with free beer.

Santa Speedo Run 2013 medal

Medals were given to all those who completed the one-mile course.

Tony Taroski and Rob Akins modeled their medals and Speedo's after the Santa run

Tony Taroski and Rob Akins hold their medals after the run.

According to ASAP's web site, World AIDS Day brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. It is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high-prevalence countries and around the world.

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