Author Joy West did a rather fine job of covering the New Orleans Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run in her article Painting the Town Red: My inauguration into New Orleans’ Red Dress Run. She also does an admirable job in describing the origins of both the Hash House Harriers and the Red Dress Run.
It should be pointed out that the “homesick British officers” were not actually military officers at the time, but were chiefly in the British colonial service. Malaya (as it was then known, was a British colony. Founder A.S. Gispert was actually an accountant.
Was Donna (The Lady in Red) high-spirited, as Joy West writes? Absolutely! It was a thrill-a-minute just to be in her company. I’m impressed that the author was able to come away with such an en pointe perception having never met her.
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