Run naked at the Bare Buns 5K

Star Ranch in McDade will host a nude 5K run on April 8. File photo by Austin American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez


Running duds dragging you down? Shed your clothes and go for a naked run.

This year’s 20th annual Bare Buns 5K Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at the Star Ranch Nudist Resort in McDade, east of Austin. There’s also a 1K run for children.

Two important things to know: Yes, you can wear shoes (actually, you can wear – or not wear – whatever you want.) Two, the race number goes on your hat if you’re wearing one, on a string around your neck if you’re not, or directly on your shoulder, with a marker.

The course is cross country, over mostly sandy soil, with a few patches of gravel. That should feel mostly good on bare feet.

The Kids’ 1K starts at 10 a.m.; the 5K starts at 1 p.m.

Entry fee is $30 in advance, or $35 after March 31, and includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Entry fee for the kids’ 1K race is $10, or $15 after March 31. To register, go here.

Prizes will be awarded in traditional age and gender categories. All runners will get a timing chip to wear on their ankle. Afterward, runners can nibble fruit and sip beverages in the pavilion by the newly-renovated pool. Meals will be available for purchase in the Nekkid Cafe beginning at 8:30 a.m., and by the pool at 2:30 p.m.

The race marks the first in a series of nude 5K events that will take place at nudist clubs in the American Association for Nude Recreation’s southwest region.

A background check is performed on all new guests, including 5K race competitors, according to a press release. Star Ranch opened in 1957.

For more information about Star Ranch, go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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