MARCH 26, 2014 (Washington, DC) – The DC Area Red Dress Run was selected by the Hash website www.RedDressRuns.org as one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014. 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.
Among the qualifying factors for the Top Ten selection were support for charity, connecting the Red Dress Run to the Hash House Harriers’ brand, hospitality, good organization and other qualities that make the event unique.
The DC Red Dress Run will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and is its own Hash House Harriers entity. The Hash House Harriers easily qualify as the largest – and certainly the most madcap – running club in the world.
The greater Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan area is home to 17 kennels (hash chapters) that run on at least a monthly basis. While the New Orleans Hash House Harriers enjoy the distinction of hosting the world’s largest Red Dress Run, the DC “megacenter” owns bragging rights to the largest Red Dress Run exclusively for hashers (and invited guests, of course).
Hashers from all across the USA and even across the globe traveled to attend the 2013 event. In 2014, 600 hashers are expected to participate in an event that enjoys a reputation for being well-organized, serves quality food and craft beer, and has high-quality “gimmies.” It doesn’t hurt that Washington, DC is a tourist destination and has some of its best weather in October. Aligning the date to coincide with the Columbus Day holiday weekend was no accident.
A Thursday night trail with the Every Day is Wednesday Hash House Harriers on Wednesday Hash kicks off the start of DC’s 21-year-old Red Dress Run weekend tradition. A trail and a zany lingerie party on Friday night is the stuff of hash memories. The actual Red Dress Run on Saturday winds past monuments, statues, government buildings and legions of stunned, camera-wielding tourists. A stop for beer at a DC pub is included in the registration fee. The celebration continues with night of dancing, dinner and beer. Sunday features both a morning and afternoon recovery trail. Brunch is also an option.
While many elements come together to make this a do-no-miss Red Dress Run, DC also leverages the highly visible event to give back to the community in which they hash.
When registration opens on April 1, 2014, participants will have the option of making a donation to the official Red Dress Run charity in whatever amount they chose. The DC Red Dress Run relies entirely upon voluntary contributions and special events throughout the year. The Lady in Red was instrumental in helping organizers find a way to make a charitable difference without using any of the base registration fees. An oversized check for more than $5,000 was presented to the Gary Sinise Foundation to help wounded warriors at the 2013 Red Dress Run. U.S. Army Capt. (Ret.) Leslie Nicole Smith, clad in a red dress, was on hand to represent the organization.
Other Red Dress Run venues selected for the Top Ten list include, Ascension Island in the South Atlantic; Panama City, FL; Phoenix; Montreal; Brussels; New Orleans, Bisbee, AZ; 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.