Nudists Run in 5K Events at Wildwood Resort
John Steinbeck had Charlie. I have LouLou, a north Texas rescue that a vet in Weatherford, Texas, put down as a blue heeler. She’s been my traveling companion for the last 5+ years. She really likes going to nudist places, because a lot of them have doggie parks where she can be off the leash, run, and do other doggie things, and because I seem to relax better nude.
What do nudists do? We run, or walk, 5ks. In AANR-SW (The Southwest Region of the American Association for Nude Recreation) we do this five times a year: twice at Star Ranch Nudist Resort near Austin; once each at Wildwood and Bluebonnet northwest of Fort Worth and at Oaklake Trails between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. So now LouLou and I are at Wildwood Nudist Resort, near Decatur, TX, northwest of Fort Worth. Wildwood is exquisite with two solar heated pools, green lawns, neat trailer homes and houses, plus 25 or so acres of woods. As I sit here at 8:20 p.m. a little on the chilly side, there’s a water volleyball game going on in one of the pools and several people are enjoying the covered hot tub. Wildwood puts on a really great 5k weekend at affordable prices. I paid $50, which includes the Friday day fee, camping Friday night, and a spaghetti dinner. The race fee of $30 covers the 5K, the Saturday day fee, a continental breakfast, and a great barbecue dinner.
The barbecue dinner was, again, spectacular, with sausage, brisket, and pulled port. Members provided numerous green salads, other types of salads, including potato salads, many kinds of beans and corn. On a separate table were at least a dozen home made deserts.
The race is very well organized. The race director, Murry, coordinated the entire series for many years and continues to direct the Wildwood race. He has a chip timing business and does numerous races, so we definitely have very professional chip timing. And he had 5-year categories up through 80+. In males 80+, first place was an amazing man named Cyril, now aged 89. When he was a mere 85, he ran the Wildwood race, then participated in a hash run, followed by the Barbecue dinner and then a dance at Wildwood. When that dance ended at 10 p.m., he drove the 35 miles to his home club, then called Armadillo, and danced until ‘Dillo’s ending time of 2 a.m. I was not so impressive, finishing 4th out of four in the 75-79 category, but my time was better than the previous race at Star Ranch. There were some impressive runners who braved hills, gullies, sand, water and finished in the low 20’s—most of the better times usually being in the 35’s – 60’s..
Jessie & Adam
After the race I again did the survey that Tomas Parker sent me, asking 7 questions of nude women not members of either AANR or The Naturist Society. And again, I met a couple of first-timers, who didn’t seem like first timers. For Jessie, 30, this was her first time. Boyfriend Adam had previously been in nude 5k’s, last year at Oaklake Trails in Oklahoma and one near Memphis, Tennessee, their home state. Jessie said she is pretty open, but that this nude experience was a stretch. Before arriving, she worried: Will I feel comfortable? Will people stare? She arrived with considerable anxiety, even though she’d been working her way up to it in little steps. First, she began wearing no underwear, then going around the house and yard topless, then finally naked. Still that was private. Upon arrival, she immediately felt more comfortable. I was particularly struck by her saying that she had had more eye contact with people here than when clothed. And she said the water volleyball helped—focusing on the game rather than on being naked.
Jessie and Adam met in a hashing group, and beyond the hashing, they are pretty serious runners. They traveled from Tennessee basically to run naked. Jessie is open enough that she’d already told friends back home that she was going to be in a nude 5k. She said it’s a big deal for women to feel comfortable in their own skin, but the people at Wildwood, being so welcoming and friendly, helped her a lot. Adam added that he thought this would be a perfect opportunity for Jessie to feel comfortable with her own body. He was definitely correct.
Drinkers with a Running Problem
A note about hashing: it is entertaining and enlightening to google the history of Hash House Harriers. Hashers describe themselves as drinkers with a running problem. It’s not so much a race as a group treasure hunt. The organizers put clues on the ground, often with white flour, to lead to a location where there is beer, possibly other adult beverages, and possibly snacks. Before the “run” and at the drinking stops, there are some rituals, including songs or chants. Also, at some point participants may receive their hasher name. The naming may occur during an individual’s first run, or it may be several runs until people “earn” their names. In general, these are clothed events—I read about a hash run that was going to start in a drainage ditch in Albuquerque. I really like Albuquerque, but I don’t think they’ve advanced far enough to have tipsy, naked folks trotting between drinking destinations on city streets, sidewalks, or even drainage ditches. But sometimes there is a hash run put on by a nudist resort: at Bluebonnet there is always a hash after the 5k. And sometimes a hashing club contracts to use a nudist resort for a weekend. A hash weekend at Armadillo included several runs during the day and one at midnight
Until the next Nude 5K at Oaklake Trails