[The Chronicle, August 19, 1998]

Red dresses and sneakers raise funds for breast cancer research

    Ian Hepher likes to dress up -- really dress up.
    The Kirkland resident will run through the streets of Pointe Claire in a red dress this Sunday as part of the Hash House Harriers annual Red Dress Run to raise money for the Cedar Cancer Institute of the Royal Victoria Hospital.
    "I don't like running and I don't like jogging but I love hashing," said Hepher who founded the Montreal chapter of the international running club in 1995.  "You have to find a trail and follow it -- you're not just pounding the pavement."
    This will be the second Red Dress Run for the Montreal group.   Although the group raised only $80 last year for breast cancer research, Hepher said he is expecting the total this year to be closer to $2,000.  The group has been targeting corporate donations and an auction will be held after the run from which all funds will go to the institute.
    Anyone is invited to take part in the run, but participants are encouraged to wear a red dress.  Hepher said the run will take about 45 minutes and cover just over 7km.
    Participants aren't required to run the entire route and shortcuts are scattered along so walkers have the chance to catch up.  The

pack of runners follow a trail.  At the end of the pack are Hashers who help out slower participants by pointing out the shortcuts.
    "It's a group that any person of whatever fitness level can join on the run," said Hepher.  "That's the whole point -- to get out and enjoy it."
    Hepher has participated in over 300 hashes in North America, Europe and the far East and has led 64 hashes since the Montreal chapter began.  The Montreal society currently has more than 100 hashing members with 15 to 25 participating on a typical Sunday Hash.
    Hepher said the red dresses are only worn to attract attention and raise awareness of breast cancer.
    "It's an unbelievable reaction, people stop and stare," said Hepher.
    "People are just having fun.  You see them with a big smile on their faces."
    The Red Dress Run will leave from Moe's Deli and Bar, 940 St. John's Blvd. in Pointe Claire, at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  For information, call the Hash Hotline at 695-1137 or visit the website at www.geocities.com/colosseum/1133.

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