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Race of the Week: Streak the Cove 5K

By Pete Williams

Going Streaking

We’ve been promoting this event for some time, of course, but this production of Enterprise Media, LLC, is finally here.

The Streak the Cove 5K, a clothing-optional run held at the Cypress Cove nudist resort in Kissimmee, will take place on Sunday, May 22 at 8:30 a.m. Inspired by the success of last October’s Caliente Bare Dare 5K, the Streak the Cove will be a two-lap course through the shady neighborhoods of Cypress Cove, which opened its doors for nudists in 1964.

Back then, “The Cove” was nestled on a two-lane road among cow pastures and orange groves. These days, there’s a Lowe’s home improvement store across the street, part of a bustling Orlando suburb. The Cove, meanwhile, has upgraded its facilities over the years and now has a sprawling pool complex and 80-plus hotel rooms to go with its beautiful lakeside setting.

Name of Race: Streak the Cove 5K

History: The Cypress Cove Resort staged a 5K race last year with little advance preparation and fanfare. This year, Enterprise Media LLC, organizer of the successful Caliente Bare Dare 5K has taken over race management.

Format: Two-loop course through the shady neighborhoods of Cypress Cove. Race ends at the resort’s sprawling pool complex.

Amenities: Fitted T-shirts for female runners, sharp ash gray shirts for the guys. Commemorative mini-bottles of wine to the top 20 male and top 20 female finishers. The FitNiche running store will be on hand with its mobile shoe store trailer. Mix1 all-natural recovery drinks available at the finish line. Goody bags before the race and post-race refreshment poolside, along with deejay and raffle drawings.

Signature Features: Um, it’s a clothing-optional race.

Projected Turnout: 150

Cost: $30 via online registration which closes at 11:59 p.m ET on Thursday, May 19. Raceday registration available for $32.

Sign-Up: Via IMAthlete

REGISTER FOR SECOND-ANNUAL STREAK THE COVE (MAY 20, 2012) HERE:

 

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What SUP? Talking Stand-Up Paddleboarding

By Pete Williams

Stand-up paddle boarding continues to blow up nationally, especially here in Florida. Today we spoke with Brody Welte of Stand-up Fitness, who in the five months since we last had him on The Fitness Buff Show has become one of the nation’s top experts on the sport.

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New Promo Video for ‘Streak the Cove 5K’

By Pete Williams

We’re proud to be organizing the clothing-optional Streak the Cove 5K at the Cypress Cove Resort on Sunday, May 22. You might not think a clothing-optional 5K is for you, but we had terrific response to our inaugural Bare Dare 5K at the Caliente Resort & Spa near Tampa in October. Nearly 200 runners competed and almost 40 percent were female, which is higher than the 35 percent female rate at a typical 5K.

We shot this promo video at Cypress Cove yesterday. You’ll hear from Sabrina Vizzari, who while serving as an activities director for the Lake Como Resort as a college student launched the Dare to Go Bare 5K race, which is still held the first Sunday in May. Whit Lasseter, who like Sabrina serves as a co-host of our Fitness Buff Show, talks about her first nude running experience; she was the first female finisher of the Bare Dare as well as our first Endurance Sports Florida Enduring Athlete of the Month.

For more information on these races, visit NudeRaces.com.

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A Positive Addiction

ESF’s ENDURING ATHLETE OF THE MONTH — JANUARY

By Pete Williams

Whitney Lasseter is a picture of health: an avid runner, fitness model, and healthy lifestyle coach. It’s hard to believe just five years ago her life was spiraling out of control.

She was a party girl, addicted to drugs, a veteran of rehabilitation centers, gaining weight and a smoker before a near-death experience provided a wake-up call.

Running proved to be her salvation. These days, the Palm Harbor resident and single mother of two enters most every race she can find in Central Florida, usually finishing at or near the top of her age group. Lasseter, 31, traveled overseas for the first time in October to compete in the Amsterdam Half Marathon and hopes to continue to pursue her love of travel and running while showing others how to turn their lives around through healthy living and running.

Lasseter, whose Web site is whitfit.org is our inaugural selection for the Endurance Sports Florida Enduring Athlete of the Month.

Q: Why are you so open about your troubled past?

A: I like to show people that you can overcome things. I know a lot people in the Tampa Bay area and they think I’m just happy-go-lucky athlete with no issues whatsoever. I think it’s important for me to share my story to help others.

Q: Where did things go wrong?

A: I was young and pretty and liked to party and I’ve always been sort of an all-or-nothing kind of person, which now is obvious with my training.  Back then I didn’t know how to channel it; I made bad decisions that got me into more trouble. I’ve matured and found a way to use my addictive personality in a positive way.

Q: How did running help?

A: I discovered running while I was still smoking cigarettes and my dad, who has been a runner, said I’d either quit running or quit cigarettes. I quit the cigarettes and at first I’d run a quarter a mile, then a half mile and it just grew until I did a 7-mile loop. Myrna Haag, an elite triathlete mentor of mine, said I needed to compete and I did a 23:20 in my first 5K. Since then I’ve dropped three minutes in two years. My ultimate goal is to beat dad’s 10K time of 38:38 when he was 38.

Q: So you’ve replaced one addiction with a positive one?

A: Exactly. I used to seek that high from outside sources: drugs, alcohol and partying and now I get it from life. And I want other people to realize that’s possible. People are searching for this joy and I’ve learned that it’s all within you.

Q: So your running career is just getting started.

A: It really is. I was talking to a guy I run with, a 54-year-old who starting running when he was 44. Now he’s doing

three-hour marathons and all of his PRs have come after the age of 50. It doesn’t matter when you start. We have unlimited potential and it’s all in your head. That’s why I’ve gotten into healthy lifestyle coaching because I know what it’s like to be in a bad place and to be overweight. Anything is possible and people can reach that full potential if they have someone to point them in the right direction. If I can do it anyone can.

Q: You recently completed the Amsterdam Half Marathon (in a PR time of 1:34:51). What made you choose that event?

A: I had been thinking, “Where in the world would I like to go?” I met a new friend, a non-runner, and suggested the race in Amsterdam. I trained him and he did a 5K, 10k, and half marathon. We just went for the weekend and it was such a great experience. I was the first U.S. woman to finish and I was the 43rd woman overall. I have not done a marathon at this point but the sky is the limit. The Ironman definitely sparks an interest as well.

Q: You were the first female finisher at the clothing-optional Caliente Bare Dare 5K in October. What was that like?

A: It was my first nude running experience and I kind of eased my way into it in the hour leading up to the race. I’m not a nudist, so it was kind of nerve racking to disrobe in front of all my running friends but it was fine after I got over the initial discomfort of it.

Q: What makes you an enduring athlete?

A: Whenever I see people in pain pushing themselves, that inspires me to do better. If they can do that 18-minute 5K, then why can’t I? We all have the same potential.

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