Two years 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.
Runners can wear whatever clothing they want (sports bras for women, for example), but most go nude except for shoes. The race typically draws about 130 runners. Afterward, everyone gathers by the swimming pool for a celebration and burger cookoff.
This year’s Bare Buns 5K Fun Run is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 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. Star Ranch also host the closing race in the series – the Chilly Cheeks Fun Run in October.
The chip-timed race starts at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $40 for adults, or $45 on race day. Sign up online at http://www.starranch.net. Registration fee includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Refreshments will be available at the pool.