The Pacific Northwest city is famed for its coffee, the Space Needle and Skid Row. Now, thanks to its chapter of the world’s largest running club, the Hash House Harriers, Seattle is gaining fame for its madcap Red Dress Run.
Male and female “Hashers” alike from the Seattle area and across the globe are expected to don red frocks and converge near Seattle’s Occidental Square on Saturday, February 11, 2017 for the 15th Annual Seattle Hash House Harriers Charity Red Dress Run. The run will benefit the Seattle-based Jubilee Women’s Center and Green Seattle.
Part of what makes a Hash House Harriers run different is that only the “hares” who set the course with baking flour really know where it goes. Unlike a race, it’s noncompetitive and beer awaits the runners at the end (and sometimes en route to the finish). Part of what makes the Red Dress Run so fun for participants is the startled looks from people encountered along the way. The run started as a joke in San Diego in 1988 to lampoon a visiting woman whose first exposure to hashing involved running in a red dress after the airline lost her luggage (the back story is well worth reading!). The event soon spread to all corners of the world. The Red Dress Run has become the signature event for the Hash House Harriers, who enjoy legal protections for the phrase “Red Dress Run.”
The entry fee is $35 with discounts available to those who register before January 15 at http://reddress2017.wh3.org/. The Seattle Hash House Harriers write, “Bring your roommate who doesn’t like hashing, your walker friends who like to cross dress, or maybe even your mom.” The Red Dress Run is bracketed by a weekend of fun that starts with a happy hour on the Thursday preceding and concludes with a “Hangover Hash” on Sunday. See the registration site for the full details.