An article on Runner’s World – ‘No Clothes, No Chafing, No Problem’ – promotes clothing-optional runs in Florida. The first “nude race” event, Bare Dare 5-K, was organized in the Tampa Bay area last October and “attracted a field of 200 runners from 13 states and Canada”. The organizers expect “300 or more at the same race this fall”. A spring event, Streak the Cove 5-K, is scheduled for May 22, also at a Florida resort. Answering the question whether naked runners tend to be faster or slower than average, Pete Williams, a triathlete and journalist who “launched a business organizing clothing-optional runs in Florida” says:
If you’re asking if people run faster nude, that’s true, at least anecdotally. If you’re asking if our field is faster or slower than average, I’d say it’s slightly faster. Our initial race attracted some prominent runners and triathletes in the area. The winning men’s time was 16:15 and the first female finished in just under 19 minutes.