‘Going streaking!’: Dash down Hertel, support Friends of Night People
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 19, 2013 @ 11:58am
If you’ve ever dreamed about joining a nudist colony and engaging in a tribal race through a jungle littered with fire-breathing snakes—haven’t we all?—then the Soco Streak may be a good fit for you.
Okay, so the Soco Streak is a little different than the picture I just painted—you won’t be fully naked, the race course will be Hertel Avenue instead of a dangerous jungle and the participants will be charitable Buffalonians, not cutthroat tribesmen.
Through the collaboration of KC You There, sponsor Southern Comfort and Buffalo Soupfest co-founder Matt Carlucci, the Soco Streak invites runners to gather outside SPoT Coffee, 1406 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, for check-in at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26.
The cost to participate is $10 plus fees—secure your spot here in advance—but early registration will entitle runners to special Soco Streak swag and drink specials at the after-party at Wellington Pub, 1541 Hertel Ave., Buffalo.
Here’s the premise for the race: participants are encouraged to wear layers of clothing that they’d like to give away to benefit Friends of the Night People—a local charity based at 394 Hudson St. that feeds Buffalo’s homeless—as well as undergarments that would be comfortable to run a .5-mile race in. (To clarify, that’s a half-mile, not five miles. Sometimes those decimal places can be sneaky).
Racers will strip off the layers of clothing they’d like to donate at the starting line—roughly around 6:45 p.m.—baring skin before bounding down Hertel Avenue. The dash begins at 7 p.m., and prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third-place finishers.
It would not be a bad idea to bring a change of clothes for enjoy the post-race festivities—which run until roughly 11:30 p.m. Free Soco samples at Wellington Pub for racers is one of the primary draws of the after-party, and other drink specials will be on tap.
A charitable race in the same vein as the Stiletto Run, the Soco Streak began as a national concept through Southern Comfort—the event’s alliteration is an indicator—that connects to a local charity. Buffalo’s event will wind up supporting Friends of the Night People through an odd twist of events.
“My old boss from working at food service in the Buffalo Niagara International Airport—Joe Heary—gave me a call to touch base,” Carlucci recollected, “and he mentioned that he was now the executive director at the Friends of the Night People. I went into their facility on the West Side, saw their operation and found out that they’d served around 50,000 meals so far in 2013. It was serendipitous.”
Complete nudity is not allowed at the Soco Streak, and the organizers have made clear that they’re not responsible for any “wardrobe malfunctions.” So if that means two pairs of boxers—or selecting the old boxer-and-brief combination—then so be it.
The Soco Streak serves as a fine opportunity to boast your terrifically groomed chest hair or model-esque beach body maintained throughout the summer. The event is 21+.
(Header photo courtesy of Enthusiasticrunner.com—see the original image here).