JANUARY 15, 2014 (PHOENIX) – The Phoenix Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run was selected by RedDressRuns.org as one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014. Among the qualifying factors for the Top Ten selection were 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.
The Phoenix Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run will take place in Scottsdale on Saturday, April 12, 2014 and is sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, a group which qualifies as the largest – and certainly the most madcap – running club in the world.
The Phoenix Hash House Harriers (PH3) bills the event as “one of the largest and wildest Hash House Harriers parties in the United States.” Their Red Dress Run will be wrapped in three days of hashing, pool parties, dancing and ever-flowing beer and wine. A self-hosted, room-to-room party starts things off at the hotel on Friday night (book now, PH3 strongly urges, because it always sells out).
The Red Dress Run on Saturday begins at the hotel headquarters, provides magnificent city views and ends up just a mile away from the start. A shuttle back to the hotel operates until 1:00 a.m. A free hangover trail will be provided Sunday morning.
Contributions to the Red Dress Run charity are voluntary, and participants are strongly urged to consider making a donation through the registration process. The donation amount is up to each registrant. The registration process also allows the opportunity to purchase Red Dress Run swag.
Not only do Phoenix hashers welcome out-of-town hashers, they put their money where their mouth is by extending a reduced rate registration fee to visiting hashers. The hotel operates a free airport shuttle and Phoenix hashers say that they would be happy to offer rides to those who make arrangements through their Facebook page.
Nearly half of the 240 attendees in 2013 were from out of town, and with the emphasis on hospitality, PH3 hopes to push total attendance to 300-350 in 2014. Registration is now open to members of the Hash House Harriers across the globe and to their invited guests.
Other Red Dress Run venues selected for the Top Ten list include Ascension Island in the South Atlantic; Panama City, FL; Montreal; Brussels; New Orleans; Bisbee, AZ; Washington, DC; Las Vegas; and Brisbane, Australia.
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An abbreviated version of this feature first appeared in the January-March 2014 edition of Harrier Magazine.