(Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by a woman who ran the “Streak the Cove” 5K on May 22, 2011 at the Cypress Cove Resort. Registration is now open for the second-annual Streak the Cove 5K on May 20, 2012. The event is produced by Enterprise Media, LLC.)
This had been my idea. I had convinced my boyfriend that it would be fun, non-sexual and a great way to launch his running career. But when we got there, I was the one acting like a giddy five year old as we pulled into our parking space and I took in the nudist experience.
Steve and the friends we rendezvoused at Kissimmee with were out of their clothes and waiting for me while I tried to adjust my attitude from nudist newbie to seasoned runner. Once undressed though, we were all the same. There is something tremendously equalizing about being nude amongst the nude.
We had not preregistered for the inaugural “Streak the Cove” event so we hustled to the check- in table, wondered what to do with our keys and dissolved into the crowd out of about 152 runners while awaiting the start.
I was surprised to see so many runners in the under-30 age group, which race organizers attributed to an interview with an Orlando sports radio station prior to the event. Other than that group, there was the usual mix of male (about 63%) and female (about 37%) attendees, mostly nude, a few dressed, one younger guy wearing a tie, his running shoes and nothing else. At the head of the pack were serious runners, in position to maintain the lead. Not everyone here was in it just to be naked.
This was Steve’s first ever running event and he and I walked and ran around the double loop, getting a great view of mostly everyone as the past us. We had worried about flesh normally bound in spandex now flopping freely and decided early on this concern was unfounded. Running nude is exhilarating! This was, in fact, the most fun I had ever had at a sporting event ever.
Like most races the track was lined with enthusiastic supporters, only ours were nude. The route took us through the residential area of Cypress Cove Nudist Resort which was generously shaded by oak trees.
Our goody bags included the usual assortment of upcoming sports events ads and coupons, as well as literature from the American Association for Nude Recreation which was actually very interesting. Also included was my now-favorite race giveaway – a bright red coolie cup with Cypress Cove in Coca Cola style lettering. I almost tossed it before I took a closer look. How clever!
We crossed the finished line practically, if not completely, dead last. The awards ceremony was held poolside and our race entry fee allowed us to stay at “The Cove” for the rest of the day. Female first place went to a 35-year-old Daytona woman who regularly wins nude running events and the male winner, who came in under 18 minutes left before the awards ceremony.
If there was an award for “had the most fun” Steve and I would have had to split it.
Interested? The next nude running event organized by Enterprise Media, LLC will be held October 9, 2011 at the Caliente Resort in Land O’Lakes, just north of Tampa. You can register HERE or find more information on the races at nuderaces.com.