Years ago when I was regularly taking jogging tours, I usually did that early in the mornings. Is was a jogging track close to the villa where we lived at that time so I could jogg directly from home to the track. When at the track, which was mostly in a forest with some slopes and around fields, and no people, I took off the shirt and the shorts and ran fully nude! Well I kept the shoes. It was such a joy, such a marvellous feeling. Early morning, birds singing, sun rising, trees rushing, hardly any noise from the nearby city. I could also admire the huge piece of art that was placed close to the start of the track. It’s called ”Signs”, the artist is Lenny Clarhäll.
Happened from time to time that I met someone, but that was rare. Casued no problem, more of surprised comments if any. It was one of the advantages of living in an area of the city which is close both to the city and to forest and fields.
At that time, in the 1990s, I had not heard of Nakukymppi in Finland. The first race there was in 2003, so understandable! Nakukymppi is a nude sport event in Finland held in the municipality of Padasjoki one week before Midsummer every year. The idea is to run or walk 10 kilometres naked. Participants wear only shoes, socks and headwear. It has been held annually since 2003. It usually draws about 100 to 150 participants, at least 20% women. Many of the participants are naturists.
It’s my intention to participate in the race at least once, but the usual time for it, mid June, is normally for me so busy with work.
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Great event. Only one question. What’s the weather like in Finland in June?
You can get more details and register for 2020 event by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Socks, shoes and hats are accepted, female participants may additionally wear a top. Every participant starting the race in the accepted gear is considered to have accomplished the race successfully and get a diploma.
The closest accommodation to the event is the Telaranta camping area, located approximately 10km from the event.
Telaranta also offers a sauna free of change for all participants.
That sounds great, I wish I could join the run.
Sounds, and looks, like a great event. Thanks for posting, Andrew, and it’s extra useful to have all the information about where it is and so forth. Kudos for an interesting blog post.
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Wonderful sight, if only this could happen anywhere, just out on countryside tracks & pathways. Maybe the hope for worldwide acceptance will become a reality, soon ?