Metro/Kate Webb Naturists practice for the annual Wreck Beach Bare Buns Run at Sunset Beach on Thursday.

The sun was up but there were full moons as far as the eye could see at Sunset Beach on Thursday as Vancouver naturists took a skinny dash to promote Sunday’s 17th annual Wreck Beach Bare Buns Run.

The run is designed to raise awareness about naturism and funds for the Wreck Beach Preservation Society, which advocates keeping the beach in as natural and clean a state as possible.

“There’s nothing unbeautiful about any body on the face of this planet. God made those bodies, therefore there’s nothing ugly underneath your clothing,” said Judy Williams, spokeswoman for the cheeky bunch.

There’s just one rule — don’t call them nudists.

“The difference between a naturist and a nudist is the naturist would rather be naked in nature, and a nudist doesn’t care, Williams explained.

“A nudist would be naked primarily indoors or in clubs. We prefer our beaches and our lakes and our waterways.”

She said Sunday’s five-kilometre sprint along the Wreck Beach tidal flats at low tide features awards for every category and finisher. Races will be held for eight age categories, as well as men’s, women’s and co-ed teams.

Certificates will be awarded for oldest, youngest, best-decorated buns, most outrageous hats, and furthest travelled. Medals also go to the first men, women and children to cross the finish line.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the races begin at noon sharp. For every naked person in the water for the annual group photo at 3 p.m., one of the event’s many corporate sponsors, GenX Capital, will donate $5 to the Wreck Beach Preservation Society.

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