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Wreck runners shed shorts

BEN NGAI, 24 HOURS
Participants of this year's Bare Buns Run soak up some sun on Wreck Beach yesterday. (Carmine Marinelli, 24 hours)

Participants of this year's Bare Buns Run soak up some sun on Wreck Beach yesterday. (Carmine Marinelli, 24 hours)

The title says it all for the 12th annual Bare Buns Run/Walk at Wreck Beach, where roughly 100 entrants took part in a five-kilometre event yesterday.

"I was afraid because my first impulse was that there would be a lot of athletes with perfect bodies," said Valerie Titan, a research

assistant from Portland. "But when I found out this was about body acceptance, [I wanted to do it]."

"The freedom," said "Bruce," a construction

contractor from Kelowna, when asked what he liked most about such an event. "[People] should be proud of their bodies."

"If they're first-time runners, they should come down to Wreck Beach before the run and take their clothes off and get used to the idea," said Judy Williams, the organizer of the run for 12 years.

There will be a "Body Acceptance Day" at Wreck Beach on Aug. 23, designed to help first-timers get comfortable with clothing-

optional activities.