By Pete Williams
With just two months to go before the second-annual Caliente Bare Dare 5K on October 9 at 8:30 a.m, race registration is 500 percent ahead of last year’s pace, when 200 runners took the inaugural clothing-optional Bare Dare.
Does this mean we’ll maintain pace and draw 1,000 runners? Hard to say, but clearly people are embracing this true “bucket list” event. That weekend (Oct. 8-9), you could spend thousands of dollars in equipment, travel, and entry fees to become one of tens of thousands of people to complete the Hawaii Ironman in Kona. You could spend more than a $1,000 to travel to Chicago and be among 20,000 runners in the Chicago Marathon.
OR you could compete in a bragging-rights race you’ll really remember. Compete in the race and enjoy a full day at Caliente, America’s most upscale clothing-optional resort, for only the cost of your entry fee: (just $25 through Aug. 31). Last year’s race attracted 200 runners from 13 states and Canada and a field that was 38 percent female – a higher percentage than a typical 5K run. This is the hottest race on the Florida calendar. It’s Caliente, after all. You can do a tri or marathon anytime. Don’t miss your shot at the Bare Dare!
Why nude running? Many runners enjoy the freedom of competing only in shoes and sunscreen. Last year, Competitor magazine mentioned running a clothing-optional 5K among its “runners bucket list.” Sponsors of the race include FITniche, the Central Florida running store that brings its trailer to the race, setting up the world’s only clothing-optional shoe store.
Caliente is offering discounted hotel room rates for the event. Just call the Caliente reservations desk (813-996-3700 ext “0”) and mention promo code “5KRace.” Receive 20 percent off room rate and enjoy no day fees for Saturday and/or Sunday nights, Oct. 8-9. (Race starts at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9). Last year Caliente sold out well in advance of the race. Don’t miss out!
Register online via IMAthlete.com HERE.
Prefer a mail-in application? Download one HERE.