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The 8th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint

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Albany/HV: The 8th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Hundreds get into the holiday spirit by stripping down and taking a chilly run down Lark Street to raise money for charity.

It's the 8th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint.

The unique race is held to raise funds for the Albany Damien Center, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year.

The streets were lined with over a thousand people cheering on the stark Santa's as they ran by.

The run is a part of Albany's Winter Wonder LARK, put on by the Lark Street Business Improvement District.

Some say it's a nice distraction, and they come back each year to help raise money for the great cause.

"It's really a way that we relax from the stress of the holiday season, the wrapping, the Christmas parties, the Christmas cards. You can come out, raise money for great organizations, and have a wonderful time," said Jim Larson, ASAP Race Director. "Lark Street loves to support the community. We're the little village in the city, and we love to do that. The Damien Center helps so many people. It's nice to have an event like this to help them when they need it," he went on to say.

The Albany Damien Center is a community center for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

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