What are we doing here again?
Remember when we were kids? All of us ran. We ran in the playground, in the halls at school, at home, in the grocery store and everywhere else we went...and we loved every minute of it. As adults running has become something different, the fun part seems to have gone away and running is something we have to do either to stay or get back into shape. Hashing puts the fun back into running. It takes us on an anything goes adventure with the added bonus of beer. Pounding through terrain and obstacles that were probably never intended to be used as a running path. Rewarding your sense of adventure (or lack of common sense) with cuts, scrapes, friends, and sweet sweet beer. The object is to have as much fun as possible without getting arrested or killed. Also, the health aspects can't be overlooked. The stress relief is phenomenal. Running is one of the very best aerobic exercises and it's been proven with science that 3 or 4 beers a day increases the average life-span (all Hashers live to be 120).
Sounds great, how does it work?
The EH3 normally get together every Monday in the summer and every Saturday in the winter for a run, plus special occasions (check the Website or Hash Hotline for details on dates and times), always in a different place to avoid monotony. The Hare will set a trail for the pack (the rest of the Hashers) to follow. Several different methods may be used to lay the trail, the most common being with flour and chalk. Some Hashers use other methods for laying the trail. The Hare traditionally sets trail a few hours before the pack starts running. The Hare uses various marks to indicate direction and deviously tries to outwit the pack. The packs purpose is to find and follow the trail and avoid getting lost and continue onward to the next beer-check. Eventually everyone makes it to the On-In where running takes a backseat to socializing. The Hare gets abused, Hashers with Hash-crimes from the trail get abused, beer (soda and water) gets consumed and songs are sung. The On-On is another chance to get together after the run, usually at a pub, restaurant or pizza joint or where-ever they'll tolerate us, until we've eaten and drunk enough.
What do I need to bring?
Are there things I should NOT bring?
Anything else I need to know?
A hash is generally 3-5 km in distance and lasts about 3 hours, including the socializing and on-on, etc. so plan accordingly.
Oh, and there is one simple fact that applies unilaterally across all hashing activities: There are no rules.
"G" - The founder of the Hash House Harriers
The Original Hash House
Annual Red Dress Run
Advice for New Hares
Hash Hold Recipes
EH3 Hash Hymnals
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