In honor of The Lady in Red’s birthday, a never-before-told story

April 19, 2016 — Today would have been The Lady in Red’s 60th birthday had she not been taken from us less than a week from celebrating her 57th birthday. Perhaps you’ve heard the story about how she accidentally inspired the world’s first Red Dress Run.

What you don’t know is that it very well could have been a Pink Dress Run!Jeff (left) decided it should be pink, not red. Matthew and Clare sit to the right of The Lady in Red in this 1987 photo.

Set the Wayback Machine for Scottsdale Arizona in the year 1987 … She had recently purchased two dresses identical in every way except for the color; one was red, the other pink. She consulted her children as to which she should wear on an upcoming trip to visit a former high school classmate in San Diego. “Red,” was her son Jeff’s emphatic response. The matter settled, she boarded her flight wearing the red dress. Her luggage was lost and rest is a matter of hash-story. When you think about, we all might be running in pink dresses had not young Jeff decided otherwise.

Raise a glass today in honor of The late Lady Red’s birthday!

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We remember The Lady in Red

… Taken from us too soon on April 13, 2013.

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Northern Rivers Hashers’ Red Dress Run earns media attention

The Northern Rivers Hash House Harriers of the Australian state of New South Wales earned some positive publicity for its Red Dress Run for charity, recently. The club raised $2000 for $2000 for Southern Cross LADS in its inaugural Red Dress Run in 2015. at its Monday Februar8 2016 Red Dress Run, the Northern Rivers hashers will benefit RED Inc., which helps ensure that people with disabilities are valued and included in mainstream life.

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Read the rest of The Northern Star  news story here.  2016-02-08 Northern Rivers RDR flyer

Related: Red Dress Runs in the News

The Red Dress Run was established in 1988 and has become the signature event of the Hash House Harriers, the world’s largest running club. The unique appeal of the Red Dress Run has been key to the Hash House Harriers success in raising funds for deserving charities across the globe, which is why the organization has protections for the phrase “Red Dress Run.” Find an upcoming Red Dress Run here.

 

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The Lady in Red’s daughter needs our help

January 7, 2016 — The Lady in Red inspired the Red Dress Run. During her time with us, she devoted her life to helping others. Now, it is her daughter (held by The Lady in Red in this photo) who could use our help. Please click here to learn more.

The Lady in Red holds her daughter Clare

 

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Upcoming Red Dress Run? Help us tell the world about it!

Let us know about your Red Dress Run so that we can include in our list of upcoming Red Dress Runs. Send us an email to our rather obvious gmail address (hint for Half-Minds: It’s our website name, plus gmail.com) or click on the “Tell Us About It” tab at the top of the page. Ideally, we’d like information in the following order.

  1. Day of the week
  2. Date
  3. Name of Hash House Harriers kennel and event
  4. Location of the start (an address will generally suffice)
  5. Nation
  6. Start time
  7. A brief family audience description of the event.
  8. The name of the charity supported by the Red Dress Run (a link would also be appreciated)
  9. A link to additional information and registration (if available)
  10. Information, if applicable, on the hotel  selected or recommended
  11. No need to provide the names of the hares unless that’s essential  for attendees’ planning purposes
  12. Feel free to send a small event logo or other image.

Here’s one example of a listing:

Saturday, June 13, 2015: The ORIGINAL San Diego Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. San Diego, California (USA). A weekend-long celebration where the tradition was born. Rego includes the Friday night Pretty In Pink Hash, a Saturday pool party and the Red Dress Run with drinks, dancing and a live band.  Enjoy one of two Sunday Hangover hashes — including a train ride to Mexico for the Tijuana H3.  Get your flight, hotel & rego. Benefits the San Diego River Park Foundation. Registration and information.

But don’t stop there. Promote your Red Dress Run on our Facebook page. Work with us to promote it on Twitter. If you’d like to write a longer post about your upcoming Red Dress Run, we’d be happy to host it. Let us know how we can help!

Note:  The Hash House Harriers enjoy legal protections for the phrase “Red Dress Run.” Please do not plan a Red Dress Run independently of the Hash House Harriers.

 

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A look back at the Red Dress Runs of 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014: Chattahoochee Valley Hash House Harriers of Columbus, Georgia Annual Red Dress Run. 7600 Schomburg Rd, Columbus, Georgia (USA). Hash Cash is $25 and will include a T-shirt if participation is high enough. All proceeds over and above paying for food and drink and shirts will go to support the EOD Warrior Foundation. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, January 24, 2014: Flagstaff Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. DuBeau International Hostel, 19 W. Phoenix Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (USA). Cost: $42 – $55 (depending on date of registration). Start: 2:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. Benefits the Assistance League of Flagstaff. Weekend-long events begin on Friday. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, February 1, 2014: The Ascension Hash House Harriers St Valentines Red Dress Run and Charity Ball. Ascension Island (British Overseas Territories, South Atlantic). Benefits the Ascension Island Charity Fund. Lady in Red Circle of Honour. Named one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org. Read the preview story.

Saturday, February 8, 2014: Aloha Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Oahu, Hawaii (USA). Details TBA.

Saturday, February 8, 2014: Hill Country Hash House Harriers 13th Annual Red Dress Run. Texas (USA).

Saturday, February 8, 2014: Seattle Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington (USA). Time: 1:00 p.m. Hash Cash: $10. Benefits the Seattle Children’s Home. In addition to your red dress, bring ID and extra cash. First 200 paid pre-registrations are guaranteed swag. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Monday, February 10, 2014: Boise Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Boise, Idaho (USA). Specific location: TBD. Hash cash $10.

Saturday, February 15, 2014: Kansas City Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. 5200 Loose Park, intersection of 51st Street & Wornall Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64112 (USA). Start 2:30 p.m. Hash Cash: $10 (no rego; we are keeping it simple). Half of the hash cash and any voluntary contributions collected will benefit Wounded Wear, an organization that provides fashionable clothing and clothing modifications to America’s wounded warriors. Crash space available. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, February 15, 2014: The Other Orlando Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Downtown Orlando, Florida (USA). Exact location TBA. Start: 3:00 p.m. Registration fee: $20. Discounted “Red Dress” group rate of $50 at Travel Lodge on first-come basis. Details and registration.

Saturday, February 15, 2014: Panama City Hash House Harriers 14th Annual Red Dress Run. Buccaneer Beach Motel, 711 W. Beach Drive, Panama City, Florida (USA).Cost: $55. Benefits Red Cross Disaster Relief and Wounded Beach Retreat. Lady in Red Circle of Honor. Named one of the Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org.

Saturday, February 15, 2014: Rome Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Center of Circo Massimo, Rome (Italy). Start 2:00 p.m. Cost: €20 includes beer check and down-down beers. All proceeds from this run will go to charity. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Monday, February 17, 2014: Uruguay Hash House House Harriers Third Annual Red Dress Run. (Uruguay). Details TBA.

Saturday, February 22, 2014: Asheville Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Asheville, North Carolina (USA). Benefits Mana Food Bank. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, February 22, 2014: Greater Lansing Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Lansing, Michigan (USA). Start: 2:00 p.m. Cost: $10 donation requested to benefit Lansing Habitat for Humanity.  Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, February 22, 2014: Memphis Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Memphis, Tennessee (USA).

Saturday, February 22, 2014: Quad Cities Hash House Harriers 2014 Red Dress Run. McManus Pub, 1401 7th Ave, Moline, Illinois (USA). Start: 1:00 p.m. $25 registration fee includes commemorative tall socks. Day-of registration fee: $30. Proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, February 22, 2014: Taichung Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Taichung (Republic of China/Taiwan). Start: 5:45 p.m. Cost 700TN.

Sunday, March 9, 2014: Kinshasa Hash House Harriers 14th Annual Red Dress Run. Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Thursday, March 13, 2014: Zürich Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run and 800th Run Celebration. Kennedy’s Irish Pub, Freischuetzgasse 14, 8004 Zurich, Zürich (Switzerland). Meet at 6.45 at Kennedy’s pub. Cost 10CHF includes a few beers, snacks and a celebratory red nose. The Red Dress Run will raise money for the Swiss Cliniclowns along the way. This charity sends clowns into hospitals to cheer up sick children.  Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, March 22, 2014: La Paz Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. @Giant Camel Toe’s (near Plaza del Estudiante) – Calle Goitia #17, La Paz (Bolivia) . Start: 3:00 p.m. Charity goes to help the floods in the north of the country.  Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, April 5, 2014: Silicone Valley Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. TBD in California (USA). Benefited American Liver Foundation. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, April 12, 2014. Phoenix Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Scottsdale, Arizona (USA). Three-day weekend of fun for hashers (only) starts on Friday. Introductory price is $55. From the registration page, you will be able to buy your rego, donate to the Red Dress Run charity and buy official Red Dress Run swag (registration opened Oct. 18, 20013). Lady in Red Circle of Honor. Named one of the Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org.

Sunday, April 13, 2014. Nha Trang Hash House Harriers Inaugural Red Dress Run. Patrick Wine Bar, 3/3 Tran Quang Khai, Nha Trang (Vietnam). The largest and one of the newest Hash groups in Vietnam will raise funds to benefit a local charity (details to follow). Register at 14:30 p.m. at Patrick Wine Bar. Don’t be late; bus will leaves from that location at 15:00 p.m. More information. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, April 19,2014. Celebrate The Lady in Red’s Birthday. She may be gone from us now, but her goals for the Red Dress Run live on.

Saturday, April 19, 2014: Monterey Can’d Hash House Harriers Fourth Annual Red Dress Run. El Estero Park, 777 Pearl St, Monterey, California 93940 (USA), on the side closest to Camino Aquajito – behind baseball field. Monterey, Can’d H3 celebrates The Lady in Red’s birthday in Red Dress Run style by having fun and raising money for charity. Buckets will be on trail to collect for Monterey’s Animals Friends Rescue Project. A “Pretty in Pink” Friday prelube kicks of the weekend. The $50 fee includes the Beach Bar-B-Q Pork Fest, beer, T-shirt and schwag. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, April 19, 2014: Music City Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. 204 N. 18th St, Nashville, Tennessee, 37206 (USA). Start: 1:00 p.m. Hash cash: $5 and extra cash or CC, and your ID, for a possible beer stop. Also, please bring extra cash to donate to the Martha O’Bryan Center in East Nashville. The Martha O’Bryan Center a nonprofit organization whose goal is to transform the lives of families in poverty through education, employment, hard work, and fellowship. They serve over 6,000 individuals per year (40% are below 18 years old) through a continuum of cradle to college career services. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Fresno Clovis Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run for Charity. Tower District, Fresno, California (USA). Details to be announced. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Buenas Aires Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Treffen Bar, Piedras 178, Montserrat, Buenas Aires (Argentina). Cost: $130.

Saturday, April 26, 2014: Blooming Fools Hash House Harriers’ 15th annual Red Dress Run. IU Cyclotron, off the 45/46, Bloomington, Indiana (USA). Join the Red Dress Run in sun-drenched Bloomington, Indiana on the same weekend as Indiana University’s World’s Greatest College Weekend. Benefits Bloomington-based People and Animal Learning Services (PALS), which provides therapeutic horseriding lessons for people with various conditions, from handicapped kids to veterans with PTSD. More information. See promotional video of a previous BFH3 Red Dress Run. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, April 26, 2014: Charlotte Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). More information.

Thursday, May 1, 2014: Prague Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Prague (Czech Republic). The Red Dress Run is a prelube to the weekend long celebration of Prague H3’s 30th year. The weekend is open only 90 hashers. Registration with payment must be received by the closing date of April 1, 2014. More information. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, May 10, 2014: NURD Red Dress Run. Camp Woodhaven, 2015 Alexander Road, Galway, New York 12074 (USA). The Northeastern Unofficial Red Dress (NURD) is sponored by the Halve Mein Hash House Harriers. The weekend-long celebration benefits The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. Cost varies between $90 and $120, depending on when payment is received. More information. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, May 10, 2014: Surf City Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Rush Inn, 113 Knight Street, Downtown Santa Cruz, California (USA). Start: 3:00 p.m. Donation of $10 or more benefits WomenCARE to support women with cancer. More information. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Sunday, May 11, 2014: Ulsan Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Ulsan (South Korea). Benefits Nah Num Toh Care Home. More information. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Sunday, May 25, 2014: Old School Omaha Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. 4053 Avenue D, Council Bluffs , Iowa 51501 (USA). Start time: 1:00. Cost is $20 to $30, depending on date of registration. Benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. Registration includes food, beer and a gift bag filled with prizes. More information and registration. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, May 31, 2014: jHavelina Hash House Harriers 2014 Red Dress Run Weekend. Tucson, Arizona (USA). Friday pub crawl with Cosplay theme. Cost ranges between $55 and $75, depending on how soon one registers. Special discount for out-of-town and out-of-state guests! Hash Hotel is: Hotel Tucson City Center Inn/Suites Conference Suite Resort 475 N Granada Ave Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 622-3000; ask For Red Dress discount. More information and registration. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, May 31, 2014: Survivor Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Pensacola, Florida (USA). Cost: $59-$79, depending on when you register. Weekend-long event begins with lingerie pub crawl on Friday. More information. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Friday, June 13, 2014: Lome Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run and 25th Anniversary. Lome (Togo). Benefits Charity. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, June 14, 2014: San Diego Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. San Diego, California (USA). For the pleasure of the Hash Community and their invited guests, it’s the Original Red Dress Run 27 years later! The Wet N Reckless-themed event begins at 4:00 p.m. This year, the weekend of fun begins on Thursday. The cost for the Red Dress Run by itself varies between $69 and $80, depending on how soon one registers. In the spirit of The Lady in Red, one dollar from each registration will be designated for the River Park Foundation. Every registered hasher will automatically receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win one of many fabulous prizes. Additional tickets may be purchased at check in. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, June 21, 2014: Anchorage Alaska Hash House Harriers 2014 Red Dress Run. Anchorage, Alaska (USA). Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, June 28, 2014: Boston Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Summer BBQ.

Monday, June 30, 2014: Bakersfield Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run and 25th Anniversary. Bakersfield, California (USA).

June 30, 2014: Bakersfield Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run and 25th Anniversary. Bakersfield, California (USA).

Tuesday, July 1, 2014: Ottawa Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Ottawa Ontario (Canada). Details TBA.

Friday, July 4, 2014: Lehigh Valley Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Pennsylvania (USA). Start time: 3:00. Details TBA.

Friday, July 4, 2014: Montreal Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run and Run #1000 Celebration. Supports the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association. Lady in Red Circle of Honour. Additional information. Named one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org.

Saturday, July 5, 2014: Coeur d’Alene Hash House Harriers Second Annual Red Dress Run. Selkirk Abbey brewery, Post Falls, Idaho (USA). Registration opens at 12:00 p.m., run starts at 2:00 p.m. For the second year in a row, proceeds benefit Landon Burt, a local second grader who is battling leukemia. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 2014 Commonwealth Hash Glasgow Prelube Red Dress Run for Charity. Glasgow, Scotland (UK). Red Dress run preamble for Quadrennial Commonwealth Hash weekend hosted by Glasgow Hash House Harriers. Note: this is one week before Brussels and an excellent choice of Pre Lube. Meet at 1845 for 1905 start. Cost: £10 benefits the charity Mary’s Meals, the rest is pay-as-you-go. Features a walkers and runners trail. Many people are staying that night at SYHA Park Circus and a few are getting the last train back to Edinburgh (the “Vomit Comet”). Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Thursday, July 24, 2014: Brussels 2014 A Beer OdysseyRed Dress Run Pre Ramble, Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Brussels (Belgium). Normally we don’t list hares here, but this charity event will be hared by the original (1988) San Diego hares Deep Throat and Zulu Boy. Both played important parts in the genesis of the Red Dress Run.  Lady in Red Circle of Honor. Named one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org.

Sunday, August 3, 2014: Bubbly Paris Red Dress Run, a Brussels Post-Ramble sponsored by Diva HHH and Sans Clue HHH. FUAJ, 27 rue Pajol, 75018 Paris (France). Cost: €165 for weekend-long events. Limited to 100 participants. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, August 9, 2014: New Orleans Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. New Orleans, Louisiana (USA). Open to hashers and non-hashers alike, this is easily the world’s largest Red Dress Run. Some say it is second only to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. And it supports charity in an exceptionally generous fashion. Reliably held the second Saturday of every August.  Lady in Red Circle of Honor. Named one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org.

Saturday, August 16, 2014: Bell-Scott Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run.

Saturday, August 16, 2014: The Bisbee Red Dress Run. Bisbee, Arizona (USA). Jointly sponsored by the Huachuca and Howlin’ Hash House Harriers. A portion of the registration fees support a charity. Lady in Red Circle of Honor. Named one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org.

Saturday, August 30, 2014: Larryville Hash House Harriers Inaugural Red Dress Run. Lawrence, Kansas (USA). Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Monday, September 1, 2014: Tamar Valley Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Norsworthy Bridge, Yelverton, Plymouth PL20 6PF (UK). Start at 7.30 pm. More information.

Saturday, September 13, 2014: Fog City Hash House Harriers Inaugural Red Dress Run. Kennedy’s Irish Pub, 1040 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, California (USA). Starts at 1:00 p.m. Charity TBD. $15 covers beer at Kennedy’s. Pay-as-you-go at beer stops on trail. More information. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, September 20, 2014: LincoNE Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Lincoln, Nebraska (USA). The weekend-long celebration (September 19-20-21) begins with a Friday meet-and-greet, pay-as-you-go pub crawl. The Red Dress Run will wind through the tailgate festivities of the Huskers vs Miami game. Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, September 20, 2014: New York City Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run #17. Meemo’s, 735 10th Ave. (at 50th Street), New York, New York 10019 (USA). Cost: $35 via PayPal, credit card or bank transfer. September 6 is the cut off for T-shirt orders. Includes beer and food.

Saturday, September 20, 2014: Pecan City Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Lee Pub, 1561 US Highway 19 S, # 1, Leesburg, Georgia 31763 (USA). Cost: $25. Benefits Easter Seals in southern Georgia; particularly its Megan’s House service. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, September 27, 2014: Wasatch/LDS/SL,UT Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). Bring: $20, red dress, well worn in shoes, sunscreen, a whistle, a vessel to hold your BEvERage, X-tra dough, ID, Trax Day Pass, an open mind and a sense of humor. Additionally, please bring a grocery bag full of sundries (shampoo, tooth paste, tooth brushes, tampons, hair brushes, baby formula, diapers, pacifiers, kids books, coloring books and crayons) in support of our charity this year, the YWCA. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For more than 100 years the YWCA Utah has been a voice for women, a force for change, and a place for hope in Utah. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, October 11, 2014: Washington, DC-Area Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Named one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org. More information. Lady in Red Circle of Honor.

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Las Vegas Red Dress Run. Registration opens August 1. Weekend includes Costume Ball on October 31 and Recover Run on November 2. More information and regular updates. Lady in Red Circle of Honor. Named one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org

Saturday, November 8 2014: Jakarta Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run.

Monday, December 8, 2014: Combined Brisbane Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run. Brisbane (Australia). Lady in Red Circle of Honour. Named one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014 by RedDressRuns.org.

Did we miss any? Please share information about other Hash House Harrier Red Dress Runs HERE, or Gmail (as in Gispert) us at RedDressRuns.

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Red Dress Run policy change

As it begins its fifteenth year (in one incarnation or another), RedDressRuns.org is making a small but significant policy change to listings in Upcoming Red Dress Run events.

As of January 1, 2015, to be considered a legitimate Red Dress Run event (and thus be listed), one or more charities will be supported. This is in addition to the qualifier that it must be a Hash House Harriers event. In fact, the Hash House Harriers enjoy legal protections for the phrase “Red Dress Run.”

Happily, this policy change will only impact a small handful of events out of an estimated 100 Red Dress Runs held around the world each year.

The policy is consistent with the request made by the late Lady in Red at the very first Red Dress Run in 1988. The very public nature of the Red Dress Run serves as an ideal way to give back to the communities in which we serve.

Hashes support charities through the Red Dress Run in a number of ways, including enabling voluntary contributions during the registration process, setting aside a percentage of the registration fees, collecting from bystanders during the run, donating in-kind contributions (such as cans of food), holding raffles, and so much more.

Individual hashers can take a principled stand for this hallowed tradition by participating only those Red Dress Runs that support a charity. Better yet, become involved in the process of transitioning event to a legitimate, charity-supporting Red Dress Run. We don’t put an emphasis on rules in the hash, but we do share decency, humanity and respect for traditions and fellow hashers.

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The late Joe Cocker and the Red Dress Run connection

December 22, 2014 – It was announced today that English singer Joe Cocker has died.  He was never a hasher, and yet there is a slight connection to the Hash House Harriers’ world famous Red Dress Run.

While still in high school, Donna was attending a party with her parents in Palm Springs California. She was sporting a cap reminiscent of the late 1970s Wild and Crazy Guys skit on Saturday Night Live.  She received some good-natured ribbing from a certain blue-eyed the guests, who proposed a swap. She accepted. Pointing to her new fedora, Frank Sinatra remarked, “Now that’s a proper hat.”

Donna had such a beautiful singing voice that she took weekend jobs which required her to fly from her home in Arizona to Los Angeles recording studios. Her prized fedora traveled with her and on breaks, she would flip it end-over-end. Randy Newman was recording in the same studio and took notice of the nimble hand-flipping trick. That observation inspired his 1972 song, “You Can Leave Your Hat On.”

Newman introduced Donna to his friend Joe and told him about the hat story. Joe insisted on a demonstration of the hat trick – back at his place. Things began to get amorous, but before things could get too far, she heard the distinct sound of keys entering the door lock. Her highly developed intuition told her that Joe had a girlfriend and that in just a Joe_Cocker_You_Can_Leave_Your_Hat_On_single_covermoment, she would be in the living room. In a flash, Donna made her escape undetected by lowering herself from the balcony and dropping to the ground. The fedora was left behind, but Joe Cocker wouldn’t forget Donna. Several years later he recorded his version of “You Can Leave Your Hat On” for the soundtrack of the 1986 film 9½ Weeks.

Donna Rhinehart would go on to become The Lady in Red, who quite by accident inspired the first Red Dress Run and continued to support the event and its charitable work until her death in 2013.

(All events depicted here as told by The Lady in Red)

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One more reason to announce your Red Dress Run far in advance

The Red Dress Run is a special event for which some hashers will fling themselves across the globe to attend.

Flying RedIt’s been said that the most favorable air travel rates are booked seven weeks out. In a study of more than 4 million flights, CheapAir.com added credence to that common wisdom, finding that savvy flyers scoop up the lowest fare deals between 29 and 104 days out. Most ticket-buyers committed nearly eight weeks out.

That research would suggest that if your kennel is announcing a Red Dress Run inside of two months, you are automatically eliminating some of the most passionate would-be attendees. Not only does that exclude all but those local hashers you see on a frequent basis, it shortchanges your kennel’s experience – not to mention finances.

Have you announced the date of your 2015 Red Dress Run yet? When you do, please tell us first! We really appreciate first exclusive announcements of Red Dress Runs!

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