Kelly Downing
Kelly Downing's Fundraiser

Join the fun and help me reach my fundraising goal for the Play Ball Foundation

Run with me, just come for the fun or donate!

$0 towards $1,000

Deck your halls, jingle your bells, and get ready to hold on for deer life (see what I did there?!), it's time for the 22nd Annual Santa Speedo Run! ...speedo not required.

What is the Santa Speedo Run?

It began 21 years ago with people young and old braving the cold, snowy winter elements to run an arduous course through Boston's Back Bay, down Boylston and Newbury Streets.

One mile. Yes, you read that right....one mile. Some ran fast, some ran slow. Everyone had fun. All in support of various Massachusetts charities. Over the years, things have changed. The run transitioned from supporting dozens of local charities to just one: The Play Ball Foundation.

As The Play Ball Foundation has grown, so has the event. The Foundation has grown from supporting middle schools sports in Boston Public Schools to also supporting middle school sports in Lawrence and Holyoke. The Run has outgrown the small, packed Boston bar, and expanded to towns across the Bay State.

Some runners have traded in their speedos for wacky holiday themed costumes, or matching t-shirts and track suits for their team, while others have continued to don the tiny red swim attire.

The Legend of Speedo lives on, whether or not you choose to wear one. (I do not!).

Join me Friday, December 11th at 7pm for my own running of the Santa Speedo Run.
Run with me, come for the fun, or make a donation to help me reach my fundraising goal of that will go directly to the Play Ball Foundation. The Play Ball Foundation's mission is to increase school engagement for middle school students in under-resourced communities by creating and supporting school-based team sports opportunities. Currently Play Ball supports over 3,200 middle schools students in Boston, Lawrence & Holyoke. Your support will have an immediate impact on the communities we serve!

You can support my run in two ways:

  • Become a Runner! Donate to my page to support The Play Ball Foundation and run with me! I use the term "run" very loosely. Please complete the Runner Waiver to participate in the run. (suggested donation of $50-$100+)
    • Pre/post run festivities at my house!
  • Become a Supporter! Donate to my page to support the Play Ball Foundation (no running needed!)

Any donation will go a long way to helping me meet my goal for the Santa Speedo Run to benefit the Play Ball! Foundation!