A 5K Nude Fun Run in the Park

(Anza Borrego State Park)

By Graham Stewart


The De Anza Springs Bare Booty 5K is one of three nude runs in California (along with GE, and Olive Dell). This is a rare opportunity to experience a scenic desert trail, with breath taking views of the Anza-Borrego State Park, dressed as nature had intended.


On Sunday, September 22, the blast of a foghorn broke the quiet morning air, and the 97 runners were off.  Some challenged themselves by powering up the hills on the trail, some challenged themselves by running nude for the first time, whilst others just relaxed and enjoyed the vistas on their way.


Some highlights of this year’s Bare Booty 5K:


  • A new course record was set at 22 mins 5 seconds. This is an average of a mile every 7 minutes including the hills and switchbacks of the trail.

  • Fabio ran the course at an average of 8 min 32 sec each mile. This is more impressive when I tell you he is 12 years old.

  • Romance can thrive on the trails. A couple crossed the finish line holding hands.


This trail showcased many of the unique features of the De Anza Springs Resort. This year’s trail incorporated the extended trail in the foothills of Temple Peak, and the remodeled Heartbreak Hotel. In the hotel’s history it has been a movie set, location to hold a party, and now it served as a hydration station for runners.


Of the many things that contributed to the success of the run, the most important was the adventuresome and enthusiastic spirit of the runners. The support of the groups, such as NitOC and SCNA, boosted numbers, but more importantly, their participation made novice visitors more comfortable. Supporting activities and efforts of other organizations and groups will inspire others to join events like this.

The American Association for Nude Recreation - Western Region

The American Association for Nude Recreation

Western Region

23679 Calabasas Road, Suite 966

Calabasas, CA 91302


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