JUNE 30, 2014 (Brussels) – The Red Dress Run Pre Ramble to “Brussels 2014 A Beer Odyssey” was selected by RedDressRuns.org as one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014. Qualifying factors for the Top Ten selection include support for charity, connecting the Red Dress Run to the Hash House Harriers’ brand, “hashpitality,” good organization and other qualities that make the event unique.
One of the aspects making this charity Red Dress Run event particularly special is that that the two hares will be Deep Throat and Zulu Boy, both of whom hared the very first Red
Zulu Boy (hand raised) introduced the Red Dress Run to Europe in 1997.
Dress Run in San Diego in 1988. Zulu Boy was also a pivotal player in the August 7, 1987 “hot tub incident” that played a contributing role in launching the Red Dress Run a year later. Also of historical significance, Zulu Boy helped introduce the first Red Dress Run in Europe at the July 1997 Euro Hash pre lube in Brussels.
The fact that this Red Dress Run takes place in the “Disneyland of Beer” that is Belgium makes it a do-not-miss event. One of the planned featured beers will be a kriek (cherry beer), ideally camouflaged for painting the town red. The name of two other beers available at the Red Dress Run party (and perhaps exclusively so) is being kept secret.
The theme of this Red Dress Run will be an upbeat commemoration of our hash friends who departed to the On After since Cardiff 2004 — sadly including the Lady in Red, who had signed up to attend this event.
The trail will start from Parc Cinquantenaire (the same place where Brussels 2014 attendees will board buses for weekend trails) and ends at Tour & Taxis, the four-day evening venue for the Beer Odyssey. According event organizer Higgins, it will be a “sightseeing trail through town with a mix of public parks, art-nouveau buildings and surrealism.” Format: warm-up drink, trail featuring two beer stops (open containers are OK in Brussels.
Attendance will be limited to those who who purchased tickets and are wearing Red Dress Run wristbands. The bad news is that the event was limited to 1,000 and tickets sold out within just 10 days this past January. The good news is that 100 more tickets are being allocated on a first-come, first served basis at check in for EUR 30 per head (no T-shirt) covering the run, donation to charity, party, pizza and unlimited drinks until midnight. Check-in will take place at Hotel Renaissance (EU district, just off Place Luxembourg) on Wednesday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Thursday from 10:00 to 15:00. If you arrive too late for the run itself you’ll still be able to check-in at the same place until 18:00 and join the party. If you arrive after 18:00 you’ve missed the boat. Practical details and site locations will be provided at check-in.
Other Red Dress Run venues selected for the Top Ten list include, Ascension Island in the South Atlantic; Panama City, FL; Phoenix; Montreal; New Orleans, Bisbee, AZ; Washington, Las Vegas; and Brisbane, Australia.
The Red Dress Run has been the signature event of the Hash House Harriers since 1988 and has raised funds for charities across the globe. RedDressRuns.org works to promote and protect the Hash House Harriers’ Red Dress Run tradition. In addition to its website, the RedDressRuns.org network includes a companion Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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An abbreviated version of this feature first appeared in the January-March 2014 edition of Harrier Magazine.