Record Turnout for Streak the Cove 5K

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – More than 160 runners competed in the sixth-annual Streak the Cove 5K  at the beautiful Cypress Cove Resort on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. The seventh-annual event will take place the weekend of Sept. 8-9, 2017, with an exact date to be determined in early 2017.

As always, registered runners receive all-day access to one of the most beautiful nudists resorts in North America. Conveniently located in Central Florida, not far from all theme parks, “The Cove” is one of the most storied resorts in the nudist industry. Make a weekend or even a week’s vacation around the race. Don’t miss this bucket-list race to remember!

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Coming May 1: North America’s Largest Nude Run

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. – More than 400 runners representing 25 states, Europe, Canada, and South America are expected for the seventh-annual Caliente Bare Dare 5K, which takes place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at the clothing-optional Caliente Resort, just north of Tampa in Florida’s Pasco County.

Register HERE.

Since its debut in 2010, the Caliente Bare Dare 5K has grown to become the largest clothing-optional run in North America, attracting a competitive field that has produced course-record times (15:49 male, 17:53 female) comparable to much larger events. Participation is 38 percent female, larger than typical 5K events, and reflective of both the growth of women’s running and the tendency of women to dare their girlfriends and family members to enter the race together.

Perennial contender

Perennial contender

Unlike typical races, where runners leave shortly after the run, most participants spend the day or even a three-day weekend at Caliente, the most upscale clothing-optional resort in North America. Caliente features a 40-room hotel and dozens of condos, villas, and single-family homes. 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.

This year’s post-race festivities include an all-day pool party that features a performance by the band All the Answers, whose lead singer, Melissa McGhee, appeared on season five of American Idol.

TowelShot3-lowrezThough media coverage is prohibited on race day to ensure the privacy of runners, the Caliente Bare Dare 5K has received substantial coverage in the weeks leading up to the event in recent years , 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 Caliente Bare Dare 5K also was ranked among the “29 Most Incredible Themed Races of 2014” by Greatist.com and listed prominently in the terrific new book The Runner’s Bucket List.

Since 2012, the Caliente Bare Dare 5K has determined the National Championship of Nude Running, given to the first nude male and first nude female runners. Though running nude is not a requirement, more than 85 percent of participants wear only shoes and sunscreen.

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, and awards to the top 25 male and top 25 female finishers.

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 2016?

 

 

 

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Cypress Cove Hosts Epic Nude Sports Weekend

SUPCoveAd3KISSIMMEE, Fla., Sept. 13, 2015 –  The Cypress Cove nudist resort hosted a historic nude endurance sports weekend on Sept. 12-13 with nearly 200 athletes competing between the fifth-annual Streak the Cove 5K and the second-annual Nude SUP Challenge.

The events were held on the same weekend for the first time and many athletes competed in both. The races will return next year, tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 10-11, 2016.

The four-mile Nude SUP Challenge, held on the 50-acre Brown Lake within the confines of Cypress Cove, took place the day after Surf Expo, the largest industry trade show for surfing and SUP. Surf Expo is held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, just a 25-minute drive from Cypress Cove.

Nineteen athletes – 11 men and eight women – made endurance sports history by competing in the inaugural Nude SUP Challenge in 2014, the world’s first clothing-optional stand-up paddleboard race. Attendance was up in 2015 and the event continues to attract worldwide media attention.

With more than a hundred Cypress Cove residents and guests watching along Brown Lake on a balmy morning, paddlers completed four and a half laps around the 50-acre waterway for a total of four miles. The 2014 winner, a 25-year-old man from Sarasota, navigated the course in 40 minutes, 45 seconds. The female winner, a 33-year-old also from Sarasota, finished fourth overall at 44:15. The female winner returned to defend her title in 2015, this time paddling on a prone board.

Winners in each of three divisions – SUP surf, 12’6, and 14-foot – again received a “nudePOCKET,” a mesh, zippered-pouch that attaches with suction cups to a paddleboard. AdventurePockets manufacturers such on-board storage solutions for paddlers to stow their water bottles, sunscreen, and even swimsuits. For the Nude SUP Challenge, the company tweaked its supPOCKET and made 50 commemorative “nudePOCKETS.” (Some are still available for $49.95. Contact info@adventurepockets.com if interested.)

“The Nude SUP Challenge was a perfect fit for us,” said Emma Nicholson of Adventure Pockets. “We received some tremendous response from it.”

Stand-up paddleboarding is one of America’s fastest-growing sports, combining fitness and water sports. As the sport has grown in recent years, a number of stand-up paddleboard races have emerged. The Nude SUP Challenge remains the only clothing-optional stand-up paddleboarding race anywhere.

Logo-Final-Small“This is a great event,” said Hadley, who again watched the race unfold from the middle of Brown Lake in his boat with one of several Osceola County EMS staffers hired for safety support. “We’re looking forward to growing the Nude SUP Challenge into an annual tradition.”

The Nude SUP Challenge was organized by 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.

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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Records Fall at Caliente Bare Dare 5K

LAND O’LAKES, Fla., May 3, 2015 – More than 300 runners representing 22 states, along with Canada and Ecuador, enjoyed postcard-perfect weather and finished the sixth-annual Caliente Bare Dare 5K. The seventh-annual event will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 with registration to open in late December.

The race again determined the National Championship of Nude Running and featured the most competitive field to date. The women’s record was shattered by more than 90 seconds as a first-time participant finished fourth overall with a time of 17:53. Though the men’s record of 15:49 did not fall, the record holder won his record third Caliente Bare Dare 5K with at time of 16:23. In the interest of privacy, race organizers never reveal the names of participants or finishers, though the 2014 women’s winner, who finished second this year, blogged about her 2014 experience HERE.

Towels for the winners

Towels for the winners

The field was noticeably more competitive in 2015. The top 25 male and top 25 female finishers received complementary Caliente Bare Dare 5K beach towels and the 25th-place times were 22:17 for men and 28:19 for women.

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 Caliente Bare Dare 5K also was ranked among the “29 Most Incredible Themed Races of 2014” by Greatist.com and listed prominently in the terrific new book The Runner’s Bucket List.

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, 17:53 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.

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 275 runners in each of its first six 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, South America, 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 2016?

 

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