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Caliente Resort to Host Second-Annual Clothing-Optional Run

Land O'Lakes, FL, September 22, 2011 --( Caliente Resort, the upscale clothing-optional resort just north of Tampa, will host its second-annual "Bare Dare 5K" run on Sunday, October 9 at 8:30 a.m. Runners will navigate a 3.1-mile lakeside course through the 125-acre resort.

The inaugural Bare Dare 5K attracted nearly 200 runners to Caliente representing 13 states and Canada. Registration for this year's event is well ahead of 2010 with a projected turnout of more than 300.

Why nude running? Some just like the feel of running nude. Others do it as a bucket-list item, only to enjoy it so much they return annually. Many are surprised to find the winning times are comparable to those of non-nude events.

Most athletes will run nude, though it’s not required, and are encouraged to make a day of it at Caliente, which waives its grounds fees to registered runners.

North America is in the midst of a third running boom, which some attribute to the recession that began in 2008. As Americans have been forced to take greater responsibility for their finances and health care, they’ve naturally gravitated to an inexpensive sport that welcomes newcomers of all abilities.

Nude running also has benefited from the barefoot running trend popularized by the best-selling book Born to Run, which showed how many athletes run improperly because of thick-soled running shoes.

Barefoot runners, as well as those who train with barefoot-like shoes such as the popular Five Fingers, strike the ground with the balls of their feet, which causes the ground forces to dissipate through the body. Many runners tend to strike with their heels, causing the joints to absorb the force.

Most barefoot runners train on grass and wear some sort of footwear on concrete and asphalt. Footwear – and sunscreen – is recommended for the Bare Dare 5K.

Many runners are attracted to a nude 5K for the novelty only to become regulars. Competitor magazine recently listed running a nude 5K among its “bucket list” for endurance athletes.

Race sponsors include FITNiche, a Central Florida chain of running stores which brings its mobile shoe store to the race, setting up what's believed to be the world's first clothing-optional athletic footwear store.

Registration for the Caliente Bare Dare 5K is open at

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