Bare Buns - Page 3
The Butts boast a competitive series, and at the finish line you can expect visible time clocks and age-group awards. They have hosted world-class athletes such as Dave Dunham, 47, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 2000 USATF Mountain Runner of the Year, who says, “I’ve only done a handful of nude races, but there is something edgy about running nude when you’ve been clothed your whole life.”
Although Dunham ran his first nude race (one of the Butts’ down in South Carolina) to accrue points in a point-based competition put on by a local running magazine, the Hockomock Swamp Rat (the competition ran every three years between 2001 and 2009 and spanned the entire year), he’s not shy about admitting he enjoyed it. Dunham remains a competitive runner on the masters circuit and is currently attempting to summit the highest peak in every state. So far, he’s been to the top of 40 states and done 10 of them in his birthday suit.
“Running nude is very freeing,” says Dunham. “I enjoy being out there and breaking the rules.”
The Naked Truth
Nude runners take on all shapes. Racers range from 60-year-olds with extra padding to competitive athletes who shave everything. “Typically, a runner who chooses to remain clothed is more uncomfortable in a group when everyone else is nude,” says Horn. “Suddenly he is the minority and being nude isn’t such an awkward thing.”
“Ninety-five percent of our racers run nude,” says Williams. Wreck Beach, a hidden gem only 15 minutes outside Vancouver, is the first regional park in Canada to hold a clothing-optional event. Money from the event goes to preserving the park. “We want runners to be in harmony with nature,” says Williams. “Body acceptance is the idea and nude recreation is the way.”