STATESVILLE, N.C. -- I don't have much to say about today's story. Maybe it's because I don't know what to say.
Nudists fascinate me. They are totally comfortable naked. Naked at the pool. Naked at the bar. Naked on a bike ride. And, in this case, naked running a 5K race.
Nudists aren't what many non-nudists pretend they are. It's not about sexuality. It is actually the very opposite. It's about NOT exploiting the human body. At least that's how it works for this group, "Butts A'runnin." (On a side note, loom below at the contact info. I didn't make that up.)
Think about it, businesses use sex to sell everything from deodorant to cars to beer to razors to shampoo. I don't know what the percentage is but sexuality is prominent in what Americans consume in advertising. So maybe it's weird the nudists are one of the few groups NOT using it. They seem hell-bent on getting you past seeing the body as just something sexual. Who knew that standing around naked would make their point? Or in this case, running around naked.
Enjoy the TV version. It was difficult for photographer Frankie Gunnell to capture a nude race and make it clean for TV. So crazy mad kudos to him for pulling it off -- the work, not his clothes. You did keep your clothes on right, Frankie?
If you want more info about this group, here is some contact info:
Butts A'runnin Race Enterprises Sue Butts, In-House Director (That is her real name.) P. O. Box 6872 Statesville, NC 28687 704-880-4561