X-Rated Run: A Florida 5K With Porn Stars, Pole Dancing, and a Climbing Boob Wall
"At first, a lot of men thought it would be a sausage fest. I was really surprised when I started receiving registrations that men and women were equal in number," Perez says. "But we're going to have both male and female adult stars, [and] the obstacles are made for both men and women. It's really a coed event. Overall, the purpose of the event is to promote fitness and to promote safe sex, which targets both genders."
Not only can registrants indulge their sweaty swamp fantasies but they can also do good while they're at it. In addition to advocating safe sex and drawing attention to Florida's high STD rates, the X-Rated Run will donate a portion of its proceeds to Clitoraid, a nonprofit association that aims to build a "pleasure hospital" in Burkina Faso, West Africa, which will offer free medical services for the physical restoration and rehabilitation of female genital mutilation victims.
"This is the only hospital in West Africa that will treat the victims of this barbaric procedure that can affect them the rest of their lives... It's something we as Americans could never imagine being exposed to," Perez says. "If we're able to expand and grow nationwide, we want to be able to support so many sex-positive organizations that nobody hears about. You can't put them on ABC News."
Registrants will receive a free X-Rated Run T-shirt, one free beer ticket, a condom-wrapper-shaped medal, and entry into the Post-Run Party, on top of a whole lot of heavy-breathing fun.
"The obstacle sport is about camaraderie and building a community of support. That's why I fell in love with it," Perez says. "We have this innate want to socialize and make friends, so that's what these events are for, and at the same time being able to promote safe sex, have fun, and maybe lose some weight."
Early registration for the X-Rated Mud Run costs $45 per person through October 1. From October 1, to February 14, registration costs $65, and after February 15, registration before the event costs $85. If you are entering as a team, each person saves $5 off registration.
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The X-Rated Mud Run begins Saturday, February 22, at Mud Muckers Park (2008 E. County Road 90, Bunnell). Visit xratedrun.com.