Thursday January 10, 2013
From jungle romance to ‘wedding run’
By ANDREA FILMER
GEORGE TOWN: Love blossomed between American Robert Sawyer and Indonesian lass Diana Sihombing after a chance meeting during a jungle hike in the hills of Penang.
More than 18 months after saying “hello” amid the island's tropical jungle, the lovebirds decided to say “I do” and got married at Diana's home in Medan on Dec 22.
But they were back where they started with a “wedding run” near the Botanical Gardens here.
With smiles and cheers from their Hash House Harriers friends, the newlyweds were appropriately attired he in a tuxedo above his running shorts and she in a thigh-length bridal dress, complete with veil and long gloves.
Recalling their first encounter, Sawyer, 44, said they had gone for a run in the jungle separately and had unexpectedly crossed each other's path.
Finding out that Diana was a keen runner, he introduced her to his group of Tuesday Hash Kakis.
“Not everyone could make it to our wedding in Medan. So we decided to celebrate it here with a Hash wedding run,” said Sawyer, who hails from San Francisco.
Sawyer has been running with the Hash chapter for about 10 years after moving to Penang.
Diana, 27, said her special “running gown” was a gift from friends from two different Hash chapters.
“It's very comfortable! No problem to run in,” added the hospitality management student, who has been here for over two years.
In true Hasher tradition, the couple, who turned heads in their unusual running attire, began their run with a toast of red wine.
At the end of the trail, the group kicked back with a few drinks in a non-traditional tea ceremony before adjourning to Pulau Tikus for a dinner reception.