QC Hashers present 4th Annual Red Dress Run PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shawn Eldridge   
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:12
ROCK ISLAND, IL — The Quad City Hash House Harriers - Dirty Pirate Chapter (formerly Raccoon Chapter) (or QCH3), a local group that is part of the loosely affiliated international organization, the Hash House Harriers, and a self described "Drinking Club with a Running Problem," will partner, Saturday, February 22, with local businesses for their 4th Annual Red Dress Run, in which all participants - male and female - don red dresses to show their spirit and draw attention to this annual charity event.

The run begins at 1p.m., at event sponsor, McManus Pub, 1401 7th Avenue, Moline, IL, and in true hashing tradition, will follow a trail determined that day and marked with chalk or flour by the "hares." The trail will include stops for games, contests, cold beverages, and socializing.
All proceeds and donations from this year's run will be go to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Flynn G. Schulz - an Iraq War veteran and beloved QCH3 hasher who died in August 2013.
Last year QCH3 raised almost $2000 for the American Heart Association, and pre-registration numbers indicate that amount will be exceeded this year.
The post-run celebration ("on-afters" in hash terms) will also take place at the McManus Pub, and will include food and a DJ.

"The Red Dress Run is not so much a run as a gathering of people with good senses of humor, adventurous spirits and charitable hearts ... and red dresses."
Quad City Hash house Harriers - Dirty Pirate Chapter founder Nathan Tackett (Raw Deal)

QCH3 4th Annual Red Dress Run sponsors include: McManus Pub • Euclid Beverage • River Cities' Reader • Active Thermal Concepts • AFLAC- Lauren Wiebert Team • Bowen Trucking LLC • Eric Pulford Construction • CSI Insulation • Happy Joe's Pizza • Evergreen Landscape

About Hashing: Hashing was started in 1937 by British expat  - A.S.I. Gispert (or simply "G" as he was known to his friends), living in Malaysia, and is based on an old English game called Hares and Hounds. The group was named after the place many of the Kuala Lumpur-based Brits lived and ate - the "Hash House," with the addition of the typical Hounds and Hares team moniker "Harriers." Thus was born the first Hash House Harriers. After WWII, the practice started to spread worldwide, and then really caught on and began growing exponentially in the early '70s. There are currently about 2,000 active chapters (or kennels) worldwide, including about 400 in the U.S.

The philosophy of the original Hash House Harriers from the 1938 charter:
  • To promote physical fitness among our members
  • To get rid of weekend hangovers
  • To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
  • To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
To learn more about hashing:

About the Quad City Hash house Harriers - Dirty Pirate Chapter: Nathan Tackett, or Raw Deal, as he's known to the hash, founded the Quad Cities H3 Raccoon Chapter after hashing Iwakuni, Japan, in the Iwakuni Black Sheep Kennel.  Raw Deal and his friend Chad (hash name Beefy) planned the Quad City chapter over beers at a bar (naturally).   QCH3’s first hash was January 1, 2010 in -17 degree temps.  10 runners came to the inaugural run.  QCH3 has grown to more than 150 named members and the 4th Annual Red Dress Run will be their 174th trail.
On the Web: http://qch3.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quadcitiesh3
Red Dress Run Coordinator: Mandy Wright 309-781-7735

About the Red Dress Run: The San Diego Hash House Harriers started the Red Dress Run in 1988, beginning a tradition of hashers giving back to their communities, and men and women alike, running in red dresses for fun - and a good cause. The tradition of the Hash House Harriers Red Dress Run quickly spread to every corner of the globe, including Beijing, Montreal, Ho Chi Minh City, Helsinki, Moscow, Tokyo, Washington, DC, Hobart (Australia) and countless other locations. Over the years, the Red Dress Run has been very successful in raising millions of dollars for a wide variety of local charities.  The New Orleans Hash House Harriers attracted 7,000 participants to their Red Dress Run in 2010, raising more than $200,000 for 50 local charities.

Quad City Red Dress Run info: http://www.qcreddressrun.com/
Quad City Red Dress Run on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QCRedDressRun
Quad City Red Dress Run Registration: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=9920

The Wounded Warrior Project: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

McManus Pub: https://www.facebook.com/mcmanus.land?fref=ts/
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