A herd of over 200 fun-run participants inadvertently stormed through the Marina Village Conference Center on the afternoon of June 23, interrupting a quiet outdoor wedding.
The entire group, participants in the San Diego Hash House Harriers’ annual Red Dress Run, all wore red women’s dresses, wigs, and running shoes. They became confused and lost their way early into the four-mile run through Mission Bay. Spectators say the accidental invasion was likely due to poor communication, a poorly marked trail, and pre-race alcohol consumption.
Marina Village management personnel did their best to disperse the crowd and route the group around the property, but they were relatively ineffective against the large group.
The runners were initially seen heading from the Quivira Basin over the Sunset Cliffs Boulevard Bridge toward the Ocean Beach. The spectacle caused some minor traffic congestion as well as hooting and honking from passing cars.
Observers say the lead pack became confused halfway across the bridge, stopped, and turned back toward Quivira Basin. The bewildered mob then started up the road that runs adjacent to Sea World Drive, toward the Sports Arena Bridge. After another hundred or so yards, the pack stopped, turned 180 degrees, and charged back over Quivira Road toward the Hyatt, yelling and screaming through the wedding-in-progress.