The World’s Greatest Nude Footrace. The Meredith Gift is a completely nude sprint and takes place on the Sunday afternoon of each Meredith, in the Amphitheatre, to an enthralled full crowd of around twenty five million. Last year for the first time in its history The Gift was run and won over a new extended track; instead of being a straight dash, competitors ran AROUND the Amphitheatre – yep, a Nude Loop Around The Sup’. It was a hit.
Special Gift Mistresses The Town Bikes will be on hand to enforce Marshal Law.
WHY AND HOW
See below for The Rules. Anyone at the festival can enter (it’s free), as long as they are nude. It all started in 1993 when one of the bands was late to arrive on the Sunday. What do we do, we wondered. Have a race involving the patrons. Winner gets cold beer. Some guy wandered to the front of the stage as this was being announced and asked what he would win if he did it in the nude. MORE cold beer, of course. The following year the race was held again – as it was a talking point from the year before – and several people got nude, completely on their own accord. The year after we had to limit entry to only fully nude people, as there were so many people wanting to run. If you haven’t seen a Meredith Gift, it’s pretty funny. It can be a bit confronting and tragic too, but mostly funny. There’s always a crash, nude people tumbling along at speed, grass burns, injured penises, etc.
DEFINITELY WORTH A LOOK:
You can watch some footage of previous Classic Gifts.
HIS AND HERS HEATS, THEN A FINAL
This year there will be heats for the gents and then heats for the ladies. There will be caps strewn across the track near the finish line of each heat. The 12 competitors who grab a cap then go through to The Final. The Final will be run immediately after The Heats, and will involve those twelve successful cap-grabbers racing for The Golden Jocks as usual. The first lady to pass the post will take out The Golden Gusset.
THE TOWN BIKES
The Marvellous Town Bikes are an institution in their role as Special Gift Mistresses; taking registrations, issuing instructions, marshalling the runners and most wonderfully firing the starter’s pistol. Believe me, you will do what they tell you.
All competitors must register by going to the sign-up area towards the left of the stage (near Southbank) from 1:30pm and signing an Indemnity Form, then getting a stencil sponged onto their torso. The Gift runs at about 2:15pm Sunday.
THE RULES OF THE MEREDITH GIFT
– Anyone at the Festival can enter.
– ALL entrants must be nude or underpanted.
– Gaffer tape can be used to fix the underpants to the buttocks, to prevent riding. ‘Wedgies’ are always welcomed and often amusing.
– Any competitor wearing Lycra will be set on fire.
– Spectators must stand well behind the sidelines unless they want to trip someone over.
– Competitors may NOT drive their car instead of running.
Past winners include
The Two-Bearded Man, Trevor, Richo The Plumber and JK (aka Jarrod Red Cap).