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Pasco County’s Long History of Nude Running

suzanneWhen the Caliente Resort hosts the eighth-annual Caliente Bare Dare 5K presented by Pasco County on Sunday, May 7, it will mark the latest chapter in Tampa Bay’s long history of clothing-optional races.

More than 400 runners are expected to converge on Caliente in Pasco County for what has become the largest clothing-optional race in North America, an event that since 2012 has determined the National Championship of Nude Running.

Many runners have attended the Caliente Bare Dare 5K as a one-and-done, bucket-list race only to return again after enjoying the all-day, post-race party at Caliente, which features seven swimming pools, multiple bars, restaurant, and an upscale clubhouse. The race has drawn runners from an average of 25 states over the last three years. Though runners from all levels participate, the course-record times (15:49 male, 17:53 female) are comparable to those of much larger events.

Nude running in Central Florida began in 1993 when the Lake Como nudist resort, also in Pasco County, debuted the “Dare to Go Bare 5K.” Sabrina Vizzari, the club’s 20-year-old activities director at the time, wanted an event similar to those she had seen while living in Washington state.

The Lake Como event grew gradually and in 1998 drew more than 300 runners due to a marketing partnership with Tampa’s news radio 970 AM, which re-branded itself for the week leading up to the event as “Nude Radio 970.” The race attracts a smaller field these days (135 last year), but still boasts a scenic course on both asphalt and trails. This year’s event, the 25th annual, takes place on April 9.

Paradise Lakes, located adjacent to Lake Como along US 41 in Lutz, for years held a 5K the weekend before Thanksgiving. More recently, the clothing-optional resort has held occasional 5K races at various times of the year.

In 2011, the Cypress Cove nudist resort in Kissimmee launched the “Streak the Cove 5K,” which has attracted between 150 and 200 runners annually to the Orlando area resort. But it’s the Caliente Bare Dare 5K, which debuted a year earlier in 2010 that has become the signature event on the nude racing calendar.

runningtrio2By holding a clothing-optional race at the upscale Caliente Resort and marketing it to the mainstream running community, the Caliente Bare Dare 5K draws a larger crowd than typical nudist club races. Many runners have remarked that they’ve set personal 5K records by competing at Caliente, where the course takes runners on paths along lakes and through the resort’s upscale residential area. All but a 50-yard grassy section is on asphalt.

Unlike most running events, where runners depart shortly after the race or the awards ceremony, most runners stay all day since admission to Caliente is included with the race entry fee, making the event one of the best values in endurance sports. Last year, race organizers replaced the traditional race T-shirt with a 30×60 beach towel and plans to do so again this year.

Though photography and video is prohibited at the race for obvious privacy reasons, several journalists have participated in the event and written about their experiences.

Jessica Sebor, the editor of Women’s Running magazine, became the inaugural female winner of the National Championship of Nude Running in 2012 and wrote about the experience.

“I know it’s going to take more than one Sunday morning to cure my self-consciousness,” she wrote about running nude. “But running the Bare Dare did teach me this: If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never have the chance to be crowned a champion.”

 

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First-Time Streaker

Going streaking!

(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.)

By Margot

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.

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