The act of running naked in public at a large communal event, otherwise known as streaking, got its popularity in 1974 and was closely linked with the sexual and feminist revolutions of the time. In 2016, Spanish tour operator Stoke Travel will attempt to outdo the current world record by staging “The Nude Run” at the annual San Fermines festival in Pamplona, better known as Running of the Bulls, on the day of the first bull run, July 7, 2016.
On April 20, 1974, Michael O’Brien became the world’s first documented streaker, being pictured with his genitals covered by a Bobby’s hat. After that incident, streaking took the world by storm as people felt the freedom to express themselves and revolutionise their ideas of sexuality. Today still sees streakers across football and cricket fields, on university campuses, and at social events, albeit in much smaller numbers than in its boom year back in ’74. The current record for a group streak is held by the University of Georgia with 1543 streaking simultaneously on March 7, 1974.
Stoke Travel now aims to beat that record with The Nude Run. Happening on July 7 at 10:30am, on the day of the first bull run of the San Fermines festival, Stoke will be rallying its troops to sprint from Bar Zuhaitza (known as Stoke Bar during the festival) to the town hall and back.
Participants will be plucking their courage at the Stoke Bar prior to the race with unlimited beer and sangria. Stoke Travel wants to make the point that the festival is not all about running with bulls and that it is a week long cultural street festival with lots to enjoy, including the freedom of being knickerless.
All participants will receive a Stoke bag to put their clothes in, a commemorative certificate, a chance to take part in setting a world record and the opportunity to show the beauty of the human body. The first person to touch the stairs of Casa Consistorial and arrive back to the Stoke Bar will win a Stoke Travel Passport. The 850m sprint is expected to take between 3-6 minutes.
Hollie Roberts, Stoke Marketing Manager:
“Streaking is an opportunity to free yourself from any societal boundaries and just be natural in your human form. Everyone around you will be doing it too, which makes you giggle, and them giggle, and eventually we all giggle.”