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Upcoming Naturist Society Events You'll Want to Attend

Sunday, June 29, 2008

It's almost July.  What are you doing to get naked for the rest of the year?

Looking for ideas?  Here are some upcoming Naturist Society events that are sure to be a good time.   These festivals offer days and nights full of nude recreation activities amongst people who are dedicated to nude recreation.  The events feature workshops, sporting activities, and social activities from petanque to dances.  The Western Naturist Gathering will even have a drumming circle.

Northeast Naturist Festival
August 5 - 10
Empire Haven, Moravia, NY

August 8 - 10
Avalon Resort, Paw Paw, WV

Western Naturist Gathering
September 11 - 14
DeAnza Springs, Jacumba, CA

Southern Naturist Gathering
October 16 - 19
Lake Como, Lutz, FL

I have yet to visit the other destinations, but I did visit Lake Como Resort earlier this year.  Lake Como has a lot of fun things to do.  Several small rowboats and canoes are provided for fishing and cruising around the lake.  Lake Como has a large pool, a lakeside bar/restaurant, another larger restaurant, billiards hall, dance hall, hot tub, sauna, tennis courts, hiking trails and more.  Amongst campground-style nudist resorts in the United States, Lake Como has to be amoung the top ones. Adding the Southern Naturist Gathering to the mix should make for a very entertaining nudist getaway.

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Clothing Optional Bare Hare Duathlon Comes to Sunny Rest, PA

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A short drive from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is a place where you can experience the freedom of riding a bike while nude or running or walking - in a race for charity - in the privacy of the gated resort, Sunny Rest Resort, in Palmerton, PA.

I recently returned to Sunny Rest and tried out mountain biking beyond the nature trails I wrote about doing nude hiking on last year.  I'll have a more on that nude recreation experience soon.  In the meantime, check out the Clothing Optional Bare Hare Duathlon charity event being held on Sunny Rest's grounds.   It is sure to be fun!

Here's the official Inaugural Bare Hare Duathlon North event info with more on the Sunny Rest event page:

Get outdoors at the Sunny Rest Resort, 425 Sunny Rest Drive, Palmerton, PA 18071, and DO the DU.
Butts A'Runnin Race Management is proud to be DU-ing the FIRST-EVER Clothing-Optional (Must be
18+) Duathlon in the Pocono Mountains. This event will be ChampionChip timed by Queen City
Timing Services of Mooresville, NC and results will be posted at
1.5 Mile Run (on paved roads)
8.5 Mile Mountain Bike (on mountain trails) Helmet required and must use a Mountain Bike.
5K Trail Run
+++++There will also be a separate 1.5 Mile Fun Walk on paved roads. Finishers will receive a
commemorative medal.
First Run: 1.5 Miles
Level: Beginner
The run will wind through the mostly paved roads of Sunny Rest Resort, with a
challenge towards the end (Cardiac Hill) about a 100-yard up-hill run on paved surface.
++The Fun Walk will also follow this same course and will head to the finish line in front of Irv's house.

Transition 1:
Will be on the open grassy area in front of Irv's house.

Mountain Bike: 8.5 Miles
Level: Intermediate
2 loops on wide groomed (4 wheeler ATV type) paths, passing will not be a problem.
Path surface is a mix on hard pack soil, rocks and exposed roots. Much of the course
has long stretches of beginner friendly trails; however there will be several challenging,
rock/exposed root climbs and descents. "You will know you're in a mountain bike race"!
Helmets are required for the bike (ANSI/SNELL). All climbs and descents will be
well-marked to give you warning. There is also a few small stream crossings and mud
puddles, they are shallow and easily pass-able, generally just a few feet in width. A
little mud is part of the fun!
A beginner mountain biker can complete this course; they may need to dismount on a couple of the climbs, no problem, it's a race not an exam. No water stops.
Course will be well-marked.

Transition 2:

Will be on the open grassy area in front of Irv's house.

Second Run: 3.1 Miles
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
The run will be a single loop on trails with same terrain as the mountain bike leg.
2 water stops at 1/3 points.
Course will be well-marked.
When you cross that finish line, you will have completed "Du-ing" the first-ever clothing-optional
Duathlon presented in the world!
This event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
(For those who wish to donate only, may do so by sending their donation to: Sunny Rest Resort,
425 Sunny Rest Drive, Palmerton, PA 18071. Please make your check/money order payable to:
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.) Tax deductible. Please reference the Bare Hare Duathlon North.
OTHER INFO: *We will DO the DU......RAIN OR SHINE!
*No refunds or transfers.
*Register early to be guaranteed a commemorative inaugural t-shirt. (First 150)
*Post race food & refreshments free for participants & volunteers. All others
must pay $5.00 for a wristband.
*There will be ample parking, restrooms & showers available.
*Please mount & dismount your bikes at the appropriate mount/dismount line.
*No riding in the transition area.
*Water will be on the course. If you prefer anything else, please bring.
*Please bring a couple of towels. To sit upon if you are going BARE.
*Must go nude to use the pool, hot tub or sauna.
*May stay on resort until 9 PM after event ends. If staying later, you must pay
day fee charge.
*Please be aware that the Bike course is OFF-ROAD and you must use a
mountain bike.
*At the end of the event, please turn in your chip or you will be charged a
fee of $35.00.
*You must purchase a wristband for $5.00 to bring a non-participating guest.
Include with your entry fee or buy on race day.
*A Nude & Non-Nude Group Photo will be taken of those who wish to
participate for a fee of $10.00. Include with your entry fee or buy on race day.
Picture will be available that day.
*An all you can eat spaghetti buffet will be held on Friday night for participants,
members and guests for $8.00 each in the restaurant. Include with your entry fee
or pay at restaurant that night.
*All events to be held on the grounds of Sunny Rest.
*There will be bike and EMT support if needed.
*lf you've pre-registered or coming on the grounds of Sunny Rest to register,
you must participate in the event or the daily grounds fee must be paid.
*You may have a relay team, 3 members per team allowed, male & female.
*Teams will not be eligible for individual awards, only the team awards.
*When registering a team, please include a registration form filled out & signed
by each team member & include the name of your team.
*Please call Race Directors for all Duathlon info, not the resort. Only call the
resort to make reservations or for info on the resort. Thanks!
*We do not publish full names or list towns in our results unless requested to
do so or if we have your permission. This is to protect your privacy. If you
"DU" on Sunny Rest, it stays on Sunny Rest.
*Get out there & let's"DU" It!
TIMES: *Entrance into Sunny Rest will begin at 6:00 AM for the DU.
*6:30 AM - 8:30 AM Check-in, packet & chip P/U. Race Day registration.
*Pre-race instructions at 8:45 AM.
*9:00 AM - LET'S DO THE DU!
*Awards ceremony to follow ending of event.
EVENT TIMING: By Queen City Timing Services of Mooresville, NC
AWARDS: *Subject to change at Race Director's discretion.
Overall Male & Female
Overall Male & Female Masters (40+)
Overall Grandmasters (50+)
Senior Grandmasters (60+)
Age Groups: 3 Deep
Male & Female: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+

Relay Teams: 1,2 & 3
+Plus there will be Door Prizes & other SPECIAL awards+
*More than 100 camping & RV sites complete with water & electric hookups.
*Tenting sites with electric hookups.
*Or if you prefer, there are over 20 motel rooms, complete with private bath,
air conditioning, refrigerator and cable TV.
*The resort spans over 190 secluded acres and is a tranquil, clothing-optional
retreat located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains.

For this event you may enjoy camping for a fee of $40 from Friday to Sunday. Or if you prefer
the motel, room rates will be 25% off. Please call Sunny Rest Resort to make your reservations at
610-377-2911 or 866-Sunny-50 (866-786-6950).

Visit their website: Email: sunnyrest [AT] sunnyrest DOT com.
Please make your reservations early. They do fill up!
Registration: *Early Fee by June 13, 2008 *Late Fee after June 13, 2008 & Race Day
$40 Individual $50 Individual
$70 Teams $80 Teams
(Late Fee payable online only & on race day)

Walk: $20.00 (NO LATE FEE)
*May register online soon at

(Click & Print application)
Mail Check/M.O. with fees & registration to:
Butts A'Runnin Race Mgmt. Early fee by June 13, then late fee until midnight
P. O. Box 6872 June 19, 2008. (A sm. extra online fee will apply)
Statesville, NC 28687-6872
Questions? *Race Directors: Gary & Sue Butts
Phone: 704-880-4561
Email: ButtsArunnin [AT] aol DOT com

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