The Port Vila Hash House Harriers (PVH3), Vila’s drinking club with a running problem, will hold a Red Dress Run On Monday 13th February 2017.
Members of the hash house will take to the streets of downtown Port Vila to raise money for the Vanuatu Society for People with Disability (VSPD).
Both men and women will be adorned in red dresses and running shoes.
Red Dress Runs are an integral part of many Hash House Harriers’ heritage and the tradition originates from 1988.
On August 7, 1987, a young lady wearing a red dress emerged from an airplane that had landed in southern California to visit a friend from her high school years.
Shortly thereafter, she found herself transported to Long Beach, where her friend intended to introduce her to a zany running group called the “Hash House Harriers”.
One member, noting her gender and attire, urged that she “just wait in the truck” until her host returned. With that goading, she ran into history sporting her red dress and heels.
The following year (August 12, 1988), to commemorate the event, the San Diego Hash House Harriers sent “The Lady In Red” an airline ticket to attend the inaugural Red Dress Run.
Hundreds of male and female hashers adorned themselves in red dresses for a spectacle widely covered by California newspapers and TV news.
In addressing the crowd, The Lady In Red suggested that Hash House Harriers hold the Red Dress Run annually as an occasion be used to raise funds for local charities.
It was from this occasion that the tradition of the Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run spread to hash chapters all over the world. Next Monday’s event is not the first time that PVH3 has held a red dress run in Port Vila. Some may remember seeing the last one which was held in August 2014 which raised fifty thousand vatu for VSPD.
It won’t be hard to miss the runners on Monday as it is not too often you will see hairy legged men running through the street in an assortment of red dresses.
The runners will depart from the Bred Bank at 5:45pm. They will walk along the Kumul highway to the Grand hotel and then back to the Office Pub via Independence park. The crowd will gather at the Office Pub to tally the donations and to present the proceeds to delegates of the VSPD.
We will be carrying donation buckets, so if you see us on the street or at the office pub and you can spare some change, please donate to our worthy cause.
If you won’t be in the CBD next Monday afternoon and would like to make a donation, VSPD is always happy to receive your generosity, their account details are on their website:http://vanuatusocietyfordisabledpeople.org/
We are also encouraging businesses and work colleagues support the runners of PVH3. If you know someone in the hash, show your appreciation for their efforts and sponsor them in the run. Runners will be taking sponsorship donations up till Monday.
If you are interested in joining in the red dress run, or in running or walking with the Port Vila Hash House Harriers on their ordinary Monday evening runs, contact details are on our website www.vilahash.com. Runs start at 5.30pm sharp in the warmer summer months with each week’s run location listed on our website as well as on the power pole outside the Bred Bank.