SSRunners, incorporated in 2010, is a non-profit organization aimed at raising money for other Boston-based non-profits that directly or indirectly benefit children. SSRunners’ primary mechanism for raising money is the SSRun, formerly known as the Santa Speedo Run. We’ve changed the name of the event, but the rest remains the same – we’re the same people you’ve worked with for years and it’s the same fun event you’ve come to know and love.
How the SSRun Was Born
It was 2:23 pm on Saturday, December 16th, 2000 and the crowd of holiday shoppers erupted into earth-shattering applause, screaming and cheering as five brave men ran past them on Newbury Street, Boston’s high-end shopping district, wearing nothing but Santa hats, Santa beards and Speedos.
What they didn’t know was that one month earlier, five friends were hanging out at The Sevens bar on Charles Street, as they did every Thursday. Bored with their weekly routine, they tried to think of something ridiculous to do for a laugh. After settling on Newbury Street and Speedos, they set out to recruit what they expected to be about 20 runners.
However, when they showed up at The Sevens that fateful Saturday afternoon, they found it was still just the five of them, frightened and so alone. Realizing what they were about to do, they settled into the bar to “summon up the courage” to carry out the plan.
At 2:20 pm, the five men, now down to their Speedos, hopped out of their friend’s car in front of the Four Seasons, slung a boombox playing The Muppets Christmas Carols over their arm, and began to run.
They didn’t know what to expect from their holiday stunt, but none could have predicted the overwhelmingly positive response they received. And when they finished, they knew they were on to something good. It became clear to them that they could leverage the enthusiasm from the event for a good cause. Thus, the SSRun was born.
In the years since that first run, the number of runners has increased exponentially from the original five to the over 500 men and women that ran in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Over the past 11 years, the run has raised over $870,000 for the various charities listed below. In an effort to have an impact on the Boston community, SSRunners will continue to select a local Boston charity to benefit each year.
Starlight Children’s Foundation
Play Ball Foundation
Crossroads for Kids
Cradles to Crayons
The Women’s Lunch Place
The Ellie Fund
Eliot Community Human Services
Children’s Hospital Boston
The Children’s AIDS Program at Boston Medical Center
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
September 11th Children’s Fund