Wed 13th – Red Dress Run (RDR) / Loi Kateoy Run

Wednesday 13th November

Hosted by the Chiang Mai Male Hash (CH3).

Lead Hare: Chuck Wao
Co-hares: Emma Royde & Byte My Yahoo

Runfee: 1,000B. (All Profits going to charity and any further donations are naturally welcome). The runfee includes beer during and after the run, snacks, and a T-shirt that is long enough to use as your own “Red Dress”.

Loi Kratong is one of the 2 main festivals held annually in Chiang Mai. “Loy Kratong” translates as “to float a basket”, reflecting the tradition of releasing a decorated floating container often made from banana leaf and stalk. Releasing the kratong is said to help free you from past transgressions, letting go anger, hatred and negative thoughts. In Chiang Mai the Loi Kratong festival also coincides with Yi Peng, a full moon when Buddhists will go to make merit. This generally involves releasing Khom Loi, or sky lanterns into the sky, and is often accompanied by fireworks displays. During this period parades also walk the streets carrying statues and donations to the temples. The result is a memorable, spectacular, yet traditional event.

A couple of decades ago, a smart hasher noticed the similarity between the word “Kratong” (Basket), and “Kateoy” (Lady Boy), and so was born the “Loy Kateoy Hash Run”, where men take the opportunity to dress up as ladies, and ladies as men. As assorted hashers make a bar crawl around the city, it generates some amused attention, but also in recent years donations to local charities.

Meet: The Lobby of the Duang Tawan Hotel @ 2:30PM

Note: This hash is an afternoon hash that will take in some of the interesting sites around Chiang Mai city. There will be beer during the run and of course the run will culminate in a circle back at the Duang Tawan Hotel. The circle is expected to close around sunset so all can enjoy the rest of Loy Kratong as they wish. Perhaps we want to visit a few more bars in full red dress regalia? Or perhaps you want to go get changed and enjoy a romantic meal?

*more information to be added as available.