New Orleans Hotel Collection Announces Partnership with Hash House Harrier’s Annual Red Dress Run, a Benefit Event with a Twist

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Red Dress Run Brings Thousands to New Orleans in a Fun Run to Benefit Multiple Local Causes

Photo courtesy of Red Dress Run NOLA

Photo courtesy of Red Dress Run NOLA

In a move that recognizes the growing national popularity of a quirky event on the New Orleans festival schedule, the New Orleans Hotel Collection today announces a partnership with Hash House Harriers New Orleans Chapter, organizers of the Red Dress Run NOLA, naming the Collection the “Official Hotel Partners” of the run. The hotels in the New Orleans Hotel Collection are locally owned, offering a selection of unique, independent and authentically styled lodging.

Sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, a self-proclaimed “drinking club with a running problem”, the annual New Orleans Red Dress Run through the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods is one of those uniquely New Orleans fun events that is a significant fundraiser. It is open to men and women as long as a red dress is worn. Although the concept originated as an outlandish one-time event, the New Orleans Red Dress has grown to become the largest in the world and raises more than $200,000 annually for dozens of local New Orleans charities. Over 18,000 red dressed runners and supporters are expected this year.

The run is scheduled for Saturday August 8th, with registration and advance events beginning on August 6th. For serious runners, the group has a “red lingerie run” on Friday evening, August 7th. For more information on the run and registration, please visit:

The partnership between the Red Dress Run and the New Orleans Hotel Collection offer stays to runners and their friends for the dates of the run and throughout the year at the luxurious hotels in the Collection at rates better than what is found at typical online travel websites by using the the direct reservations link:

The seven hotels of the collection - Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Dauphine Orleans Hotel, Audubon Cottages, Hotel Mazarin, Hotel Le Marais, The Whitney Hotel and Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport - are in locations that provide superb and easy access to the events of the run. Special hotel rates are better than any online agency are available to those who wish to attend.

The uniqueness of this event begins with the unusual aspect of the dresses that are required running attire for contestants. Although patterns, material and style are entirely up to the runner, each runner is required to wear a red dress. With nearly 18,000 expected runners this year, the run provides an unusual appearance to the French Quarter during the event, which begins and ends at Armstrong Park on the northern edge of the historic French Quarter.

About the New Orleans Hotel Collection
The New Orleans Hotel Collection is a group of seven fine hotels in the New Orleans metropolitan region owned by local investors. Comprised of the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Mazarin, the Whitney Hotel, Audubon Cottages, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport and Hotel Le Marais, these are boutique and small upscale meeting hotels in prime locations throughout the city. For more information, visit

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