A Weekend of Fun at White Thorn Lodge’s Annual State Line Streak
Who hasn’t woken up and thought hey I think I want to run a 5K? Well I’ve thought about it and actually even trained for it before realizing that I really hate running. It’s what I do to get exercise and be healthy but I don’t enjoy it for sport. People that run for fun amaze me.
So how about running a 5K naked? This intrigues me, makes me want to run for fun. The White Thorn Lodge State Line Streak is one way to accomplish this. I’ve heard people actually say “Now I can cross this off my bucket list,” and the members at White Thorn Lodge know how to make this event fun. They make a whole weekend out of it. This year I overhead someone say “…the 5K was very well run. Loved the t-shirt and I have to leave shortly after the run (due to other commitments) but I’ll probably spend the weekend next year.” This is the kind of feedback that keeps the event going and makes the event a huge success.
The event kicked off Friday night with a good mix of nighttime games. We started off playing team games which consisted of a relay team knocking over water bottles wearing pantyhose on our heads with a tennis ball in the bottom of the pantyhose. Then we switched sides and we went to play bucket ball (think giant beer pong minus the beer) where the teams were quite competitive and liked to talk smack about which side was going to win.
The evening finished off with musical chairs in the clubhouse and then line dancing afterwards. I have to admit I had a really good time and I never thought I would be playing musical chairs at the age of 42 and enjoy it so much. I’m pretty sure my competitive nature came out as I tried to snag a chair from the unsuspecting person in front of me (I did not end up winning that round).
Saturday morning, for the race, there was a great mix of runners and based upon their finish line expressions, each pushed themselves to their respective enjoyable limits, fully cheering on those coming in afterwards. One of the older White Thorn Lodge members ran the race for the first time this year and was described as “kicking butt” and “far from being dead last.” I’m pretty sure he will do it again next year.
Both the White Thorn Lodge members and fellow race participants couldn’t have been friendlier or more welcoming. During the pool games members and guests joined in for some swimming (pool) noodle competition, water scrabble, and squirt gun games. Just plain naturist FUN!
After the 5K, the scavenger hunt, and the pool games there was the annual Thirsty Mile. This year they added a splash of color to the Thirsty Mile. You walk, jog, or run around the “loop” and chug a beer or lemonade (your choice) and then get hit with a color burst (think color run). This event is fun and competitive at the same time. You have a great mix of people who just want to walk, chug their beer, socialize, and have a good time. There are others who also have a good time but are more competitive and want to finish first even while chugging the beer. If you haven’t experienced this you must do the event or at least watch and cheer everyone on.
For those wondering, I did not run the 5K this year but did partake in several of the other weekend activities. And who knows, there is always next year for the actual 5K race. White Thorn Lodge itself is a very nice facility with pleasant and user friendly amenities – i.e. pool, Jacuzzi, clubhouse, volleyball and pickle ball courts, and overall layout of the grounds.
So if you haven’t checked out the event (or the camp) you must add it to your to-do list next year. Plan on spending the full weekend, run the nude 5k and participate in as many events as practical, so that you too can cross this off your bucket list. The event is typically held the weekend after The Fourth of July so I hope to see you there next year!