Weathering the Cold, for a Cause

It was the first snowfall of the year in Chicago, but participants of the 2nd Annual Santa Speedo Run said that its never too cold for a cause.

Close to 200 people came out to run as a fundraiser for the Chicago Diabetes Project—–in their speedos.

Anne Hemmesch, charity organizer, brought back the idea of running in speedos from Boston where she attended graduate school.

The runners met at Shenanigans in the Gold Coast for food and drinks to prepare for the one-mile run.

Johnnie Stevens is an active runner and supporter of various charity events.

“Donating money here to diabetes is a good cause to also help a program that helps my mother,” Stevens said, who is always looking to donate for a good cause.

Participants and supporters donated money to The Chicago Diabetes Project to benefit people who are affected by Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

“We want to find a cure, we want to find a functional cure for diabetes,” said Hemmesch, a Type 1 diabetic.

Holding a charity event at a public bar in Chicago can cause a lot of attention and add the Santa Speedo Run caught a lot of eyes along Division Street.

But some people were unaware of the event , like Rick Granados stopped in for a drink and noticed something very odd.

“I came inside and thought why is everybody dressed like this,” Granados said, who donated money to the cause on behalf of his sister who is affected by diabetes.

The Santa Speedo Run and the Chicago Diabetes Project hopes to double last year’s total earnings of $5,000.

For more information about this charity and how to donate, visit