The New Orleans Red Dress Run is an annual fun event that takes place on the second Saturday in August. Organized by the New Orleans running club Hash House Harriers, this race is a perfect solution for runners with an inclination to drinking preferences because instead of the usual water, participants consume a tremendous amount of alcohol on the course. Well, no surprise, as the Hash House Harriers proudly bear a self-proclaimed title of “drinking club with a running problem.”
Red Dress Run Info
The beer starts flowing at 9:30 am and the Red Dress Run starts at 11:30 am at Crescent Park. The route remains secret until the day of the run, but usually, the itinerary covers the neighborhood of the Marigny and French Quarter. After the run, Crescent Park hosts the lunch at noon, and then the real party kicks off. At the end of the day, everyone gets somewhat tipsy and glad knowing they supported a good cause.
Participants are encouraged to sign up at the official website of Hash House Harriers. The early birds can sign up in advance and benefit from a lower cost. It's a charity run, so the registration includes donations to local charities, along with special live music and beers for the run.
Red Dress Run Rules
The major rule is that you must be 21 to participate, meaning that this party is for adults only. Everyone, both men and women have to dress up in their favorite red dress. Moreover, wearing the same attire two years in a row is considered bad manners. For repeat participants, there is a red dress swap to get a fresh look. The colorful attire the runners put on, lots of alcohol, and fun will ensure you have the party of a lifetime! However, it means so much more than just a red dress, so look through the webpage before you decide to participate.
Consider bringing your fanny pack not to be dragged down with your handbag. Make sure to put on a comfy and breathable pair of underwear is running about 5k on a hot day might be rough. Also, headbands and sweatbands are a brilliant idea to wipe off your moisture and from other tipsy runners bumping into you. On the run, check your laces to make sure noone, including you, trips over. If you are a true runner, please, hold your horses as it takes time to drink a beer or two at each corner and to interact with cheerful folks along the route.