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The Beer Drinking Club with a Running Problem!

The Hash House Harriers is running club where you join a pack of hounds (runners) to find and follow a marked trail set by the hare or hares (other runners) from the start to the finish.  After the run/walk,climb, we then gather together for a bit of social activity known as the On In with COLD BEER, humor, song and the occasional feast.  These events are held at members homes, bars, fields or parking lots.

Interamericas Hash Costa Ricapicture of the Costa Rica HHH during the fisrt InterAmericas hash hosted in Costa Rica in Feb. 1984

Hash History

The original Hash House Harriers group was started in 1938 by a small group of ex-pats living in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.  The Hash got its name from the restaurant/pub where they all met called the "Hash House".  Patterned after the tradtional British "Paper Chase", it was a method to rid themselves of last weekend's excesses.   Today there are over two thousand chapters operating around the world, with two hash groups operating in Antartica alone.

Trails

A Hash run is set by a harrier (the hare) who lays a trail of flour over a course he chooses, typically around 4 - 8 kms, over hill and dale, through suburbs, woods, malls, etc. The hash isn't a race  as there are no prizes for the swift-footed. Following the trail is the challenge, camaraderie and beverages are the rewards. The trail periodically ends at a "check" and the pack must find where it begins again; often the trail includes false trails, short cuts, dead ends, back checks and splits. These features are designed to keep the pack together despite differences in fitness level or running speed, as front-runners are forced to slow down to find the "true" trail, allowing stragglers to catch up.

Signals and terms

Hashers often carry horns or whistles to communicate with each other, in addition to verbal communication. Every hash house employs its own set of trail marks and the names for these marks may vary widely, so newcomers or visitors will have the local markings explained to them before the run at a "chalk talk". The most common term is "on-on," shouted by runners to let others know they are on the right trail.

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