Coming Sept. 6: The Nude SUP Challenge

SUPCoveAd3KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Building upon the booming growth of stand-up paddleboarding, Enterprise Media LLC and the Cypress Cove Nudist Resort will host the world’s first clothing-optional SUP race on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.

The approximately 4-mile, flatwater “Nude SUP Challenge” will take place completely within the confines of Cypress Cove Resort, one of the nation’s premier nudist destinations, which is convenient to the theme parks of Central Florida. Though the Nude SUP Challenge is not affiliated with Surf Expo, it will take place during the surf/SUP industry’s premier event, which will bring more than 30,000 paddle sports enthusiasts to the Orange County Convention Center from Sept. 4-6. The OCCC is a short 30-minute drive from Cypress Cove.

Paddlers need not be nude to compete – the event is clothing-optional – though the overall male and female World Champions of Nude SUP (regardless of board class) will be first nude finishers. Three-deep awards, male and female, will be given in the stockboard, 12’6 race, and 14-foot board categories. (The Nude SUP Challenge is a SUP-only race and no other watercraft are permitted). Pre-registered athletes are guaranteed soft, fitted T-shirts with the race logo on the front.

CoveLakesidePaddlers will begin with a beach start and navigate four clockwise loops of the 50-acre Brown Lake. An awards ceremony will follow poolside shortly after the race. Your race entry fee grants you access to Cypress Cove for the day. Though the race is not open to the public, spectators are welcome provided they register at the Cypress Cove office and pay appropriate grounds fees.

Enterprise Media LLC, which has put on the clothing-optional Streak the Cove 5K run at Cypress Cove annually since 2011 and the Caliente Bare Dare 5K in Florida’s Pasco County since 2010, is the race organizer for the inaugural Nude SUP Challenge. Register HERE.

As with all races put on by Enterprise Media, photography is strictly prohibited. Race results and names of participants are not published.

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Record Crowd Enjoys Caliente Bare Dare 5K

LAND O’LAKES, Fla., May 4, 2014 – A record 312 runners representing 25 states enjoyed postcard-perfect weather and finished the fifth-annual Caliente Bare Dare 5K. The sixth-annual event will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 with registration opening in December.

The race again determined the National Championship of Nude Running, with a new men’s course record of 15:49 established by the 2012 champion. Though the women’s record of 19:25 was not broken, the first female finisher – competing nude for the first time – finished in 19:40. In the interest of privacy, race organizers never reveal the names of participants or finishers, though the women’s winner blogged about her experience HERE. Another couple, regulars on the endurance sports scene and authors of the terrific blog Living VANdal, wrote about their weekend HERE.

Though media coverage is prohibited on race day to ensure the privacy of runners, the 2014 race received substantial coverage in the week leading up to the event, including articles in the Tampa Tribune and Sarasota Herald-Tribune, an interview on WFLA News Radio 970, and a segment on ABC Action News in Tampa (below). The race also was listed by BuzzFeed among the “15 Themed Races You’d Actually Want to Do” and was ranked No.1 by BloodSweatandCheers among America’s “Six Best Naked Runs.”

The race is held just north of Tampa in Land O’Lakes at Caliente Resort, the most upscale clothing-optional resort in North America. The one-loop course takes runners from the Caliente clubhouse through the scenic, well-manicured, 125-acre resort and back. Refreshments and awards are poolside and most runners spend the day at Caliente, which can attract more than 1,000 visitors on sunny weekend afternoons. Entry fee includes access to Caliente for the day.

Contenders for 2014 championships.

Perennial top finishers

Also attracting top runners and triathletes from Florida, the USA Track & Field-certified Caliente Bare Dare 5K features a competitive field that has produced course-record times (15:49 male, 19:25 female) comparable to any 5K race. Though running nude is not a requirement for the race, the national champions will be the first nude male and nude female finishers and will receive special awards for their accomplishments.

At a time when race entry fees have escalated rapidly in the endurance sports world, with some events now charging for parking and offering little in terms of free refreshments, the Caliente Bare Dare 5K might be the best value in the industry. The race entry fee also grants runners admission to Caliente for the day, along with post-race refreshments poolside, awards to the top 25 male and top 25 female finishers, and soft, fitted T-shirts uncluttered with sponsor logos on the back.

Caliente, a destination resort in Pasco County with a 40-room hotel and dozens of condos, villas, and single-family homes, is a natural site for the event. The Caliente Bare Dare 5K, which debuted on Oct. 10, 2010 (10/10/10), has attracted an average of 265 runners in each of its first five years, with more than 80 percent running fully nude.

Thirty-eight percent of participants have been female, higher than the 35 percent rate for 5K events overall, and 61 percent have been 45 or younger. Seventy-eight percent of the field comes from beyond Pasco County, including 10 percent from out of state.

In its first five years, the Caliente Bare Dare 5K has attracted runners from Canada, Europe and 38 states beyond Florida: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Poolside at Caliente

Poolside at Caliente

Jessica Sebor, the editor of Women’s Running magazine, became the inaugural female winner of the National Championship of Nude Running in 2012 and wrote about the experience.

“I know it’s going to take more than one Sunday morning to cure my self-consciousness,” she wrote about running nude. “But running the Bare Dare did teach me this: If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never have the chance to be crowned a champion.”

Will you take The Bare Dare in 2015?


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Streak the Cove 3 a Success

KISSIMMEE, Fla., Sept. 29, 2013 – More than 150 runners enjoyed a postcard-perfect day for the third-annual Streak the Cove 5K  today at the beautiful Cypress Cove Resort.

Cypress Cove, known to members and guests simply as “The Cove,” is a beautiful lakefront, nudist resort in Kissimmee, Fla., convenient to Orlando, Tampa, and the theme parks of Central Florida. The fourth-annual event will take place on Sept. 28, 2014.

Runners navigate a two-loop, 3.1-mile course through the grounds of Cypress Cove before enjoying a post-race celebration and pool party. Runners are encouraged to make a day – even a weekend – at The Cove, which has again waived grounds fees for visiting athletes for the day of the race. Your entry fee provides all-day access to the resort, which includes two pools, multiple hot tubs, restaurant, fitness center, spa, boutique, and a 50-acre lake.

2013 Streak the Cove T-shirt

2013 Streak the Cove T-shirt

The race is organized by Enterprise Media LLC, which will stage the sixth-annual Bare Dare 5K at the Caliente Resort & Spa on May 3, 2015. All of our races offer commemorative mini-bottles of wine to the top 25 male and female finishers, along with fitted T-shirts with no logos on the back. (Actual 2013 T-shirt pictured.)

Read noted women’s fitness blogger Meghann Anderson’s account of running the 2012 Streak the Cove HERE.

Read one first timer’s account of running Streak the Cove in 2011 HERE.

Runner’s World online features Streak the Cove and nude races HERE.

Orlando Sentinel previews Streak the Cove HERE.

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