5 Best Naked Races in the USA Mary Zakheim September 12, 2016 Travel Guide With summer coming to a close, those who prefer to wear their birthday suits for a seaside trip need to find a new way to do it (chilly weather + nude beach = no fun). Luckily for any nudists out there, there’s a way to let it all hang out and keep your heart rate up: by competing in clothing optional races! Forget about pulling your spandex down every five seconds, worrying about your unsightly farmer’s tan or chafing your arms on the rough edges of your running tank — all you need to compete in these races is a free spirit, a sturdy pair of running shoes and perhaps a jar of Vaseline at the ready. Philly Naked Bike Ride The 2016 Philly Naked Bike Ride was held Sept. 10 throughout downtown Philadelphia. The ride is meant to highlight body positivity and bring awareness towards fuel consumption. Photo by @juliahatmaker #nakedbikeride @phillynakedbikeride #bikeride #philly #philadelphia #phillyartmuseum #pnbr #phillynakedbikeride #pnbr2016 #🚴 A photo posted by PennLive (@pennlive) on Sep 12, 2016 at 6:49am PDT The people of Philadelphia have stripped down to stand up for positive body image, reduced oil consumption and cycling advocacy for the past eight years. Though most participants are willing to bare it all for the cause, the event allows bikers to join even if they’re wrapped in a parka. The free bike ride meanders through a 10-mile stretch of Philly, taking about two to three hours to complete. This year, nearly 3,000 people participated in the clothing optional event. The next Philly Naked Bike Ride is set to take place in early September 2017. Bare Buns Fun Run A photo posted by Naomi Teeter (@inspire_transformation) on Jul 31, 2016 at 2:30pm PDT For the past 31 years, runners at Kaniksu Ranch, a family nudist resort, have taken to running au natural through the woods in a short 3.1-mile run. Located in the forest overlooking the small but picturesque Deer Lake in Washington state, the Bare Buns Fun Run doesn’t end when the race does. In fact, the festivities take place for an entire weekend — so if you’re looking to let it all hang out for a tad longer than a short jaunt in the woods, this is your race. The Bare Buns Fun Run is set to take off in July 2017. Related article: See our take on the Best Clothing Optional Beaches ‘Round The World for all your nudist needs. World Naked Bike Ride Portland Tonight marks the 13th annual World Naked Bike ride. Starting at 8pm at Mt. Scott park tens of thousands of naked riders will be taking the town protesting safety for riders and standing up for body positivity. The route is unknown so keep and eye out for everyone! #worldnakedbikeride #ridepdx #portland #portlandnw #pdx A photo posted by Portland Oregon (@portland) on Jun 25, 2016 at 5:29pm PDT Officially a protest about oil consumption, the World Naked Bike Ride is a touring race that, as the name suggests, travels internationally. Having taken place in cities like London, Chicago and San Francisco, it is unsurprising to learn that Portland — that quirky, ever-weird spit of land — is the next town to host the clothing optional ride. Conveniently, public nudity is only legal in the Rose City if it is part of a protest. Sweet deal. So lace up your shoes, pump up your tires and head to Oregon to satisfy your need for speed! The next naked bike ride in Portland is scheduled for late June 2017. Caliente Bare Dare 5K Are you pretty sure you’re the fastest nude runner in the world? Then make your way down to Land O’ Lakes, Florida where the Caliente Bare Dare 5K doubles as the race which decides the highly anticipated National Champion of Nude Racing! Exciting stuff. For six years, the race has crowned the world’s fastest nude runner — and they have quite the pool to choose from. It’s the largest race in its category and last year it drew in nearly 400 people from over 19 states. Oddly, the prize for the top 20 racers is a t-shirt. Get ready for the next race, set for mid-September 2017. Mud, Sweat and Boobs A photo posted by Jazzi umbel (@jazzjazzjazzi) on Apr 28, 2015 at 4:57pm PDT According to their Facebook page, co-founder Rich Gillbreath created the event “to bring awareness to Boob and Ball Cancer”. Held in Burlington, Wisconsin, this annual event is an adventure run — meaning that participants get down and dirty. Like, actually. Runners trek through the Sun Ray Hills’ 200-acre woodland property, dodging obstacles like foam pits, balance beams, mud fields and, at the end, a giant slip ‘n slide. Ditch your trousers and head to the woods for this fun event for a good cause! The next event will be held in June 2017. Have you donned your birthday suit for an adventure race (or are you planning on it)? Let’s talk about it in the comments!