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Red Dress Run in D.C. – Geek Turned Athlete

Red Dress Run in D.C.

I had such a wonderful, humor filled, and chaotic night.

It all started around 12:30pm.  We headed out to the metro from our hotel room.  DSC03135 I was in my red dress, but the guys wanted to change once we checked in.  The check-in was held at Zanzibar’s on the Waterfront.  Walking over there from the metro, people in red dresses started showing up.  This was no ordinary race.  Actually, I kinda felt like I was in Europe with people smoking right before the race.  This guy had a cigarette in his left hand.    No one was looking to PR here!  hahaDSC03138 The boys started to feel left out, so they changed enroute.DSC03137

Once we got into Zanzibar’s, we started drinking.  DSC03150 I saw some pretty incredible outfits that happened to be worn mostly by men!DSC03141 DSC03142 DSC03152

Here is a pic of my Hubby sitting like a lady in his dress:DSC03154

After we were able to get a few beers down (that was about 2/3 of a beer for me), we all headed outside to start the run.  The gentleman in the white heels, by the way, ran the whole way with us!  It was incredible considering I can barely make it to the front door in my heels.DSC03156

I really liked this guy’s outfit, and I asked him if I could take a pic with him.  He was thrilled!!  This guy was trying to finish his cigar before the run.  It was awesome!


We gathered around in a circle and had a costume contest.  After that, they discussed run info.  There were 3 runs: a 3, 5, and 7 miler.  We decided on the 5 miler.  The majority of the people were in a hash club.  For those of you who don’t know what a hash club is, it is basically a drinking club with a running problem. :)DSC03174

Then we were off!  The street became flooded with ~ 600 people in red dresses.  We were running in front of traffic, but they just stopped and stared in amazement.  I’m sure a lot of them were thinking WTF??! haha.  It was great.DSC03178 DSC03179 DSC03183 Joe, our friend, stopped to hi five a security guard!  DSC03185

Tourists were stopping and taking tons of pics with WTF on their faces!  They kept asking, “What is this for?  Are you running for cancer?”  No, we weren’t running for cancer.  A runner answered, “We are just running for debauchery!”  Another answered, “No, we are running for beer!”  Yep, that pretty much summed it up! 😉

Steve, trying to be sexy in his dress.  DSC03193

The hashers crashed a wedding in front of the capital building!DSC03196 DSC03197 DSC03198 I don’t think that the bride was happy, but she was a good sport!DSC03203 We ran into a market area.  The shoppers and vendors just stared and smiled!DSC03207

We ran to the stadium where the Nationals play.DSC03210 DSC03212

We then hit up the S and M club for a beer break!  This is when Steve realized that our ID’s fell out of his dress pockets on the run.  I started to freak out for about 2 minutes, but gulping my beer down helped with that!DSC03217

I really don’t want to show you all the pics from this club because they were just downright scary.  There is porn playing in the background!DSC03222DSC03225

I thought that we were done running at this point, and was really bummed when I found out that we had to run more!  I was already drunk!  We left this place and ran back to Zanzibar’s.  It was about a mile or mile and a half back to Zanzibar’s.  DSC03230

Done finally!DSC03231

Once we got back inside, I asked someone who we should talk to if someone did happen to pick up our ID’s.  He said that someone actually did pick up some ID’s on the course.  He directed us towards the guy who had them, and I planted a big kiss on him!  We were soooo happy!  Hashers are so honest!  They all take care of each other!

After that, we hit up the buffet.  The food was pretty good, but the pasta could have been a little warmer.  The jerk chicken was actually some of the best that I have ever had.  I was starving, and scarfed the whole thing down included the beer that I happened to drop a piece of the jerk chicken in halfway through dinner.DSC03235

We headed home after dinner to take showers and head back out for the After party, but we were exhausted!!  We decided to just stay in the hotel, watch football, and order pizza.  Steve passed out literally 5 minutes after he was done eating.  I had too much beer today, and I am ready to pass out myself!  I hope that you all are having a wonderful weekend!!  And, if you haven’t run in a Red Dress Run, I highly recommend it!!  We are definitely considering joining the Sembach Hash Club because of this event!!

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Holly October 11, 2009, 3:56 am

    hahaha i want to join this run! beer, running + fun – it sounds right up my alley! glad you had so much fun!

  • Marisa October 11, 2009, 5:10 pm

    This is so fun! We have one in San Diego and wish I could do it! Looks like you had fun!!

  • tra October 11, 2009, 10:33 pm

    OMG! that looked like so much fun! hahah too bad i don’t drink, but i’d like to run in a dress someday in my life. was it hard? i like running in shorts and not a skirt. I like your dress tho. hahaha. heels? seriously?! i can’t even walk in those!

    • Nicole October 12, 2009, 3:24 am

      No, it wasn’t hard, but drinking didn’t help it! I’m a light weight so half a beer made it difficult for me to run!!

  • Jennifer October 18, 2009, 2:40 pm

    Loved your pics Nicole! Hilarious… great blog too!


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