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Caliente Bare Dare II a Success

By Pete Williams

Caliente Bare Dare 3 coming in Fall 2012

LAND O’LAKES – Nearly 200 runners took the second-annual Caliente Bare Dare on Sunday and completed the 5K course as rain fell over the popular clothing-optional resort.

Though more than 200 runners were pre-registered and many more expected, gloomy weather kept the numbers from reaching the projected 300. Still, more than 75 percent of pre-registered runners attended and nearly everyone ran nude with the exception of shoes.

Like the inaugural 2010 race, nearly 40 percent of the field was female and the majority of runners under the age of 40. Prominent local triathletes and duathletes accounted for most of the top five finishers among both men and women. Both the male and female winners from 2010 returned and defended their titles, picking up gift certificates from Caliente good for free massages. (As always, race results are not posted in the interests of privacy.)

The top 25 male and top 25 female finishers received commemorative bottles of Caliente Bare Dare 5K wine. All participants received fitted Tultex T-shirts. Thanks to a long list of wonderful sponsors, including the host Caliente Resort, FitNiche, Xinji Intimacy Enhancing Sprays, The LaBrecque Center for Aesthetics, Grin & Bare it Charters, and RoadID.

The third-annual Caliente Bare Dare 5K will take place in the Fall of 2012.

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One Week to Bare Dare 5K

By Pete Williams

Countdown to Caliente

We’re just one week away from the second-annual Caliente Bare Dare 5K and still well ahead of last year’s registration pace, when 200 runners participated. This year’s over-under is 300, which we believe would be a Florida record for a clothing-optional run.

The race takes place on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 8:30 a.m.

We’ve done a number of interviews with media outlets promoting the race. The most popular question is…why? Why do people run 3.1 miles wearing as little as shoes and sunscreen?

For starters, it’s a bucket-list thing. Competitor magazine recently listed “running a clothing-optional 5K” among its “runners bucket list.” But we’ve found it’s more than that since many runners have returned from last year. We can’t think of another race where runners hang around, no pun intended, the race venue for much of the rest of the day.

It’s also about bragging rights. Sure, you could do an Ironman, which perhaps not coincidentally has its signature event – Kona – the day before the Caliente Bare Dare 5K. You could do a marathon such as the Chicago Marathon, which takes place the same day as our event.

But hundreds of thousands of people have completed a marathon or Ironman. Not everyone can say they’ve done a clothing-optional race. We also find it telling that so many women enter the Caliente Bare Dare 5K. Like last year, this year’s field is about 40 percent female, which actually is greater than the 35 percent female rate of a typical 5K race. Women are more daring – and more likely to dare their girlfriends to do the race.

It’s also about Caliente. If your image of a clothing-optional resort is a rustic RV campground, you haven’t been to Caliente, with its massive 30,000 square-foot-clubhouse with multiple bars, restaurant, and a sprawling pool complex with six pools.

Though it might seem odd, we provide fitted, soft T-shirts for our race. We’re not sure what this T-shirt category is called, but they’ve become very popular. The top 25 male and top 25 female finishers each get commemorative mini-bottles of wine and we’ll again have refreshments and a post-race party poolside.

Online registration closes on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 11:59 p.m. That’s the last chance to register for $30. It’s $35 on race day and registration opens at 6:15 a.m. This race comes along just once a year. It will be your most memorable.

Will you take The Bare Dare?

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