A year ago this month, I peeled off my clothes and ran a naked 5K race, just to see what it would feel like.
It felt great.
The most awkward moment came when I initially removed my clothing. After that, it was just running as usual as I scampered over pine needle-covered hills, sandy expanses and a hay field. I wore running shoes and a straw cowboy hat, which blew off my head at one point.
Although runners can wear whatever clothing they want (sports bras for women, for example), most go nude except for shoes. Last year’s race drew about 120 runners, most of whom didn’t live at the park. The residents were enthusiastic, though, handing out timing chips and directing athletes along the course. Afterward, everyone gathered by the newly-renovated swimming pool for a celebration and burger cookoff.
This year’s Bare Buns 5K Fun Run is set for April 14 at the Star Ranch Nudist Resort in McDade, a private residential community that opened in 1957 in McDade, east of Elgin.
The resort is member resort of the American Association for Nude Recreation. The Bare Buns 5K is part of a series of naked races in the organization’s southwest region. This year, for the first time, Star Ranch will also host the closing race in the series – the Fall Bare Buns Fun Run on Oct. 13.
The chip-timed race starts at 1 p.m. A 1K kids fun run is set for 10 a.m. Entry fee is $35 for adults. Sign up online at http://www.starranch.net. Registration fee includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Margie’s Nekkid Cafe will serve food beginning at 8:30 a.m. Refreshments will be available at the pool, with burgers starting at 2:30 p.m.