Saloon Old Timer #3: If everybody’s got one of these auto-whatsits, does anybody walk or run anymore?
Doc: Of course we run. But for recreation. For fun.
Saloon Old Timer #3: Run for fun? What the hell kind of fun is that?
Exactly. What kind of fun is running? Well, the kind of running I’ve been doing isn’t much fun, but some of these are. And I definitely plan to participate in a few of the non-nude ones (I got most of these from: http://www.indiatimes.com/craziest-naked-races/The-Naked-Pumpkin-Run/photostory/4740245.cms).
(Is it ok if I skip the Krispy Kreme Challenge? I feel like I’ve already talked about it ad naseum)
The premise of this race is that all of them women begin the race 3 minutes ahead of the guys. The guys are supposed to “catch” the girls! Included in the race registration is a running skirt (I’ve already talked about how much I love those) and afterwards, the boys and girls get to mingle together, block party style.
I’m sure you’ve seen Mud Runs, and they look like a lot of fun. But the Warrior Dash has more than just mud. How about crawling under barbed wire, climbing over walls, and jumping over fire? Similar but even more awesome is the Spartan Race. It has everything the Warrior Dash has but also has climbing through dark tunnels and gladiators that try to knock you down. The closest Spartan Race is May 14, 2011 in Charlotte, NC, so I may just have to sign up for that one.
Every year on Halloween night, hundreds of people turn out in Boulder, Colorado to witness the seemingly unlikely – large crowds of people streaking down the street, wearing nothing but pumpkins on their heads in the annual Naked Pumpkin Run. The race sends naked runners on a fairly lengthy trek that snakes along the roadway as crowds of bystanders cheer them on. The run marks the largest display of ‘Re-Nude’ public nudity in the US.
Apparently there are a LOT of nude races. Just look online. But most of them are in Europe. I think I’ve been as nude as I’m going to get with my Skinny Dip Record; I don’t feel a need to put running into the mix.
The Patxi Ros Nude 5000m
Every year in September, the Spanish go crazy, at least since 1999. No bulls this time, nor tomatoes. Nudity and a race along the beach. The race was started in 1999 when naturist and sportsman Patxi Ros decided to combine his two favourite pastimes in a public event. The Basque Country Naturist Club took over the race in 2003. According to the group’s website, the purpose of the race is “to promote the Naturist way of life and to develop a healthy life style along with Naturism and sports”.
My concern is running barefoot across all of those shells…
The Naked Run
Since 1971, the rock festival in Roskilde, Copenhagen has hosted the top names in music, from Bob Marley to Bob Dylan. It is the biggest summer festival in northern Europe, and the “Arena” stage boasts a 17,000-capacity tent, the largest in Europe. The festival has a daily newspaper and a 24-hour live radio station and is also home to the annual ‘Naked Run’, where the first naked person to cross the finish line receives a free ticket for next year’s festival.
The Naked Run of Finland
When you think about Finland the ruddy-cheeked hikers, cross-country skiing, frozen eyelashes, snow shoes, and of course, the sauna comes to the mind. Saunas aren’t just a hobby in Finland; they are a way of life and part of a commitment to all things healthy. In temperatures where your nostrils freeze, is their affection for the ice hole dash — a naked, 10 km run, in Padasjoki across snow to throw yourself into a hole broken in the ice in the country’s most popular nudist event.
I know people do the “Polar Bear Swim” and honestly, what are a few layers of clothes going to do for you in frigid ice water? Might as well be nude.
World Naked Bike Ride
World Naked Bike Ride in Amsterdam is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport to “protest oil dependency and celebrate the power and individuality of our bodies”. The dress code motto is “Bare As You Dare”. Full and partial (especially topfree) nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory. Requiring partial cover-up is strictly forbidden and is a distinguishing feature of WNBR versus other cycling events.
This is just…uncomfortable.
So anyone done a Mud Run or any other run that is more than your run-of-the-mill 5k?