P R E S S R E L E A S E
Pure wilderness: Running in the land of Ghengis Khan
- The registration period for the 17th Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 42km and 100km trail run, taking place on 5th August 2015, starts on 1 October 2014.
- Adventure seeking runners can now register for this unique experience on www.ms2s.org.
- Runners from no less than 13 countries participated in 2014; new race record set for 42km distance.
Mongolia (24 September 2014) – Wild horses, wild yaks and seas of wildflowers: The Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 42km and 100km ultra marathon truly offers pure wilderness to the participants. “It is one of the most remote races worldwide. The untouched nature in the Hovsgol National Park is the main reason why many of our runners refer to the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset as the most beautiful 100km run on the planet”, says race director Nicolas Musy. The course in the National Park in Northern Mongolia follows lake-side single tracks and horse trails. It includes steep hills, windblown lowlands, craggy mountains, marshy forests and spectacular views over mighty Lake Hovsgol and all the way to the Siberian Mountains in the far North.
The registration period for next year’s race starts on 1 October 2014. Runners with an appetite for a special adventure can now secure early bird rates for the race package online on www.ms2s.org. “This is not a one-day event. We offer a week full of discovery and adventure”, explains Musy. Participants gather in a picturesque camp at the lakeshore, sleep in traditional Mongolian yurts and get in touch with local nomads and their culture. In the days before and following the race, runners can enjoy a variety of leisure activities: horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, hiking, or mountain biking.
2014: New record for 42km
Runners from 13 countries gathered at the shores of Lake Hovsgol in August 2014 for the 16th edition of this spectacular race. French runner Alex Balson, who lives in Northern Mongolia and is familiar with the course, set a new record time for the 42km in 3:48 hours. An impressive time, especially considering the difficulty of the terrain and the accumulated elevation gain/loss of 2,255 meters in the marathon distance. For the 100km ultra distance, the accumulated elevation gain/loss is no less than 3,365 meters. Sean Smith from Australia managed to come in first in 13:37 hours. Especially remarkable was the breathtaking finish in the veteran category, where 69-year old Marc Progin from Switzerland and Hans Andersen from Denmark sprinted head-to-head through the finish line and shared the first place in 14:52 hours. The fastest female on 42km was Rose Kennedy from the United States, while her compatriot Rhonda Stricklett won the 100km ultra distance in strong 14:25 hours.
Preserving the National Park
The Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset is organised on a non-profit basis. All proceeds are used to keep Hovsgol National Park pristine and clean as well as to support the culture of the local nomads via the “ecoLeap foundation” registered in Geneva, Switzerland. “We want to keep this pristine mountain area as beautiful as it is now. That is why we fund a litter control project and its ongoing operation including hiring park rangers, providing eco-friendly garbage bags and raising awareness nation-wide through TV ads and education of local children and families”, explains race director Nicolas Musy. The ecoLeap foundation also supports the local culture, adds Musy: “It is not only the pristine nature that makes this part of the world so special. It is also the unique culture of the nomads and their way of life. The nomads should be proud of their abilities and culture.”
Media Contact: Bernhard Hagen
Registrations - executive decision time. NO MORE TRANSFERS. If you cannot come to the event then we will refund your registration fee using PayPal. We know that this move may be unpopular but the reason for this is simple; the event is oversubscribed and there have been people on the waiting list for over six months. It is only fair that we give those people a chance to come. So, registrations are no longer transferable to others. We will refund until one month before the event. If anyone has a problem with this policy, please click here to go to our customer service department.
NTH3 Hash Trash
With just over three months to go we are sending out this news update to all registered Hashers. Please take the time to read this information as some of it may affect you. We hope to answer all questions that people have recently asked about the event.
1. * Thailand Military Coup - this has not affected our event in any way. There is no curfew and things are normal as far as the Hashing world is concerned. There is no need to worry about anything!
2. * Visas - one of the reasons that we asked your nationality is so that we can check to make sure if you need a visa or not to enter Thailand. From what we can see, everybody should be able to get into the country either visa - free or visa on entry. Please note that for those people who stated their nationality as "Pom", "Blittis", "Hasher", “Citizen of the World” and “Mother Hash” we suggest that you check directly with the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs to see if a visa is necessary.
3. * Responsibilities – usual Hash protocol applies. You come Hashing at your own risk and the organizers are not responsible for anything. You know how it works.
4. * Registrations – registrations are now closed. If you cannot make it there are two options – transfer your registration to another Hasher and advise us of your actions – we need to hear from both parties to put this into place. Please note that we cannot guarantee t-shirt/jacket sizes for anyone accepting a transfer. The second option is a refund of $100 per person (the difference covers PayPal charges both ways) – we can offer this up to one month before the event.
5. * Accommodation – please do not forget that hotel/guest house bookings are your responsibility and are not included in the price. The official hotel, the Wiang Inn still has some rooms available, for details, please visit our website – see below. If you do plan to stay in town, please ensure that you are not too far away from the Wiang Inn. Check the map of where your hotel is located as some are far outside town.
6. * Getting to Chiang Rai – it’s “Rai” not “Mai” as in “Chiang Rai”. They are both in the north of Thailand, they both have airports and the one you want is CEI. We already have once case of a bright spark booking flights to the wrong airport! You are responsible for getting to Chiang Rai and the Wiang Inn. If you are coming by air there are clearly marked transportation options from the airport including taxi and shared van. By busthere are tuktuks available into town at the bus station(s). If you are smart enough to come overland from Laos via the new Friendship Bridge then you don't need any advice from us.
7. * Pre and Post Lubes -
Vietnam Nash Hash, Nha Trang – 24-6 October “This is going to be a weekend of partying at the Beach, on Islands, in the Ocean, in the Countryside and at our Sponsors clubs. Oh… and there will be some brilliant runs and walks in the amazing hinterlands of Nha Trang Bay. Attendance will be capped at 150 Hashers”.
Chiang Mai Happy Hash – Thursday 30th October - More details to follow
Chiang Mai Hash House Harriers – Monday 3rd November - More details to follow
Mekong Indochina Full Moon Hash – Monday 3rd November - As per tradition. Bobo will be organising a Full Moon Hash in Chiang Rai on the Monday after the event – signup in Chiang Rai when you sign in for the main event.
Please note that all pre-post lubes are independent of the main event. We can't help with reservations, regos, money or anything else as you know know as much as we do!
8. * Schedule – the planned schedule is as follows:
Friday Afternoon – Registration from midday at the Wiang Inn – sign in and pick up your goody bag.
Friday evening – Opening reception at the Wiang Inn Poolside – time to be advised. Drinks - Beer, wine and soft drinks, heavy snacks and entertainment.
Saturday Afternoon – walk, medium, long and ball breaker runs – drinking, circle on site and sit down dinner at a local restaurant. Transport back to the Wiang Inn.
Sunday morning – GM's meeting, Hangover Run with BBQ lunch and circle on site time to be advised. Sunday will end mid afternoon to allow people to get away. Transport back to the Wiang Inn.
The registration and all events will take place or start from the Wiang Inn in the middle of town.
9. * Free trial subscription to Harrier Magazine!
All registered Hashers are entitled to three free months trial subscription to Harrier Magazine
10. * Useful links:
Map: Google maps showing key places – this will be updated regularly – right now it just shows the location of the Wiang Inn. Later on we will be adding places to eat and drink and other points of interest for Hashers.
That’s it – we will put out another newsflash later the date - We look forward to seeing you in Chiang Rai!
Noah “Four by Two” Shepherd
by Jay Hopkins
JUNE 30, 2014 (Brussels) – The Red Dress Run Pre Ramble to “Brussels 2014 A Beer Odyssey” was selected by RedDressRuns.org as one of the world’s Top Ten Red Dress Runs of 2014. Qualifying factors for the Top Ten selection include support for charity, connecting the Red Dress Run to the Hash House Harriers’ brand, “hashpitality,” good organization and other qualities that make the event unique.
One of the aspects making this charity Red Dress Run event particularly special is that that the two hares will be Deep Throat and Zulu Boy, both of whom hared the very first Red
Dress Run in San Diego in 1988. Zulu Boy was also a pivotal player in the August 7, 1987 “hot tub incident” that played a contributing role in launching the Red Dress Run a year later. Also of historical significance, Zulu Boy helped introduce the first Red Dress Run in Europe at the July 1997 Euro Hash pre lube in Brussels.
The fact that this Red Dress Run takes place in the “Disneyland of Beer” that is Belgium makes it a do-not-miss event. One of the planned featured beers will be a kriek (cherry beer), ideally camouflaged for painting the town red. The name of two other beers available at the Red Dress Run party (and perhaps exclusively so) is being kept secret.
The theme of this Red Dress Run will be an upbeat commemoration of our hash friends who departed to the On After since Cardiff 2004 — sadly including the Lady in Red, who had signed up to attend this event.
The trail will start from Parc Cinquantenaire (the same place where Brussels 2014 attendees will board buses for weekend trails) and ends at Tour & Taxis, the four-day evening venue for the Beer Odyssey. According event organizer Higgins, it will be a “sightseeing trail through town with a mix of public parks, art-nouveau buildings and surrealism.” Format: warm-up drink, trail featuring two beer stops (open containers are OK in Brussels.
Attendance will be limited to those who who purchased tickets and are wearing Red Dress Run wristbands. The bad news is that the event was limited to 1,000 and tickets sold out within just 10 days this past January. The good news is that 100 more tickets are being allocated on a first-come, first served basis at check in for EUR 30 per head (no T-shirt) covering the run, donation to charity, party, pizza and unlimited drinks until midnight. Check-in will take place at Hotel Renaissance (EU district, just off Place Luxembourg) on Wednesday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Thursday from 10:00 to 15:00. If you arrive too late for the run itself you’ll still be able to check-in at the same place until 18:00 and join the party. If you arrive after 18:00 you’ve missed the boat. Practical details and site locations will be provided at check-in.
Other Red Dress Run venues selected for the Top Ten list include, Ascension Island in the South Atlantic; Panama City, FL; Phoenix; Montreal; New Orleans, Bisbee, AZ; Washington, Las Vegas; and Brisbane, Australia.
The Red Dress Run has been the signature event of the Hash House Harriers since 1988 and has raised funds for charities across the globe. RedDressRuns.org works to promote and protect the Hash House Harriers’ Red Dress Run tradition. In addition to its website, the RedDressRuns.org network includes a companion Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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An abbreviated version of this feature first appeared in the January-March 2014 edition of Harrier Magazine.
You can download the interactive PDF, or view the flipbook online.
Ken Barrett is author of 22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City's Historic Back Lanes and Byways, published by Tuttle Publishing. He is currently writing a book on Myanmar.