“Solo Streaking”: New Social-Distance Trend?

Close the blinds, avert your eyes! “Solo streaking”–the trend of running while nude–has hit Capitol Hill just as the mayor’s stay-at-home order goes into effect. Residents have reported sightings of runners wearing only a smile at Lincoln Park, Eastern Market and even the Supreme Court.

Combining fresh air, exercise and joie de vivre, running al fresco appears consistent with the spirit, at least, of the mayor’s order, which specifies that individuals may leave their residences to engage in “allowable recreational activities,” such as walking and running while keeping at least six feet away from non-family members.

Pent-up moms and dads on the Hill say they are taking the opportunity to let loose and relive their college days by taking a lap around the block–in the buff.

“After the kids are finally in bed, I celebrate by streaking around the Marine Barracks,” said a mom of two who asked to remain anonymous. “Then I have a glass of rosé.”

“These days we all need a laugh,” said a Hill father of three. “I run past my friends’ houses on Fridays during our regular Ward 6 porch happy hour and wave–from a safe distance, of course.”

Talk about embarrassing your teenager!

Streaking has a storied history and a Capitol Hill connection, according to The Surprising History of Streaking (Yes, the Naked Kind) by Runner’s World. America’s first streaker was a Washington & Lee College student, George William Crump, who went on to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The mayor’s stay-at-home order goes into effect April 1 at 12:01 a.m., just in time for …


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2 thoughts on ““Solo Streaking”: New Social-Distance Trend?

  1. Cory – I shared this with my five running buddies (all moms of 15 year olds) today since we’re so sad that we can’t do our regular Tuesday/Thursday runs, which we’ve come to rely on over the years. But this story was a wonderful, funny distraction. Thank you!

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