THE STORY OF THE HASH HOUSE HARRIERS

The Hash House Harriers (HHH or H3) is an international group of non-competitive running social clubs. An event organized by a club is known as a Hash or Run, or a Hash Run. A common denominal verb for this activity is Hashing, with participants calling themselves Hashers. Male members are referred to as Harriers, which females are known as Hariettes.

The Hash is humorously known as    A Drinking Club With A Running Problem, with the preferred beverage of consumption being beer.

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HISTORY

Hashing originated in December 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, then in the Federated Malay States (now Malaysia). A group of British expatriates / businessmen began meeting on Friday evenings prior to the war (1938-1941), but switched to Monday evenings (starting in 1946) to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British paper chase or "Hare & Hounds".[1] Apart from the excitement of chasing the Hare and finding the trail, Harriers reaching the end of the trail would partake of beer, ginger beer , and cigarettes. With hash names in parentheses, the original members included Albert Stephen Ignatius Gispert ("G"), Cecil Lee, Frederick Thomson ("Horse"), Ronald Bennett ("Torch"), Eric Galvin, H.M. Doig, and John Woodrow.

A. S. Gispert suggested the name "Hash House Harriers" after the Selangor Club Annex, where several of the original hashers lived and dined, known as the "Hash House". The "Hash House" got its name for "its hodgepodge of edible servings being passed off for food". The term hash was used as an old British slang for "bad food".

Hashing died out during World War II, shortly after the Invasion of Malaya, but was restarted in 1946 after the war by several of the original group. A. S. Gispert was killed on 11 February 1942 in the Japanese invasion of Singapore, an event commemorated by many chapters by an annual Gispert Memorial Run.

After World War II, in an attempt to reorganize in the city of Kuala Lumpur, hashers were informed by the Registrar of Societies that since they were a "group", they would require a constitution. The objectives of the Hash House Harriers as recorded on the club registration card dated 1950 are:

  • To promote physical fitness among our members

  • To get rid of weekend hangovers

  • To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer

  • To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel

In 1962, Ian Cumming founded the second chapter in Singapore. Chapters are commonly called Kennels, following in tradition to similar Hound & Hare clubs. The idea spread through the Far East and the South Pacific, Europe, and North America, expanding rapidly during the mid-1970s.

At present, there are almost 1500 chapters in all parts of the world, with members distributing newsletters, directories, and magazines, and organizing regional and world hashing events. As of 2003, there are even two organized chapters operating in Antarctica.

MARKS
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Flour/ Toilet Paper

How else would you mark a trail?? Follow the white!

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True Trail

You're going 99% the right way

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On The Foot

There is a tasty (or not) beverage hiding in the shiggy. Find it and quench your thirst!

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Joke Check

Hit this mark, wait for a good group of hashers to catch up. Tell your most God-awful joke and continue trail.

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Beer Near/ Beer Stop

Beer is somewhere nearby... or you've already found it!

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Song Check

Hit this mark, wait for a good group of hashers to catch up. Sing us a song for the wankers around you and continue trail.

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Check/ Intersection

The true trail can go any of 369 degrees except the one from which it came.

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Tit Check

To proceed, a female hasher must find trail from there. (WITH CONSENT, DUH!)

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D**k Check

To proceed, a male hasher must find trail from there. (WITH CONSENT, DUH!)

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Turkey Eagle

The turkey trail is generally for walkers and features less rough terrain and less elevation changes. The eagle is the more challenging of the trails... Or is it? MWAH HA HA

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False Trail

You've gone the wrong way. Sucks to be you!

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On Home!

If you hit this mark, you're likely to see start. No more marks to go. Just head back to circle!

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Be Very Fucking Careful

You're about to pass some treacherous ground. Be it a highway, running water, or mine field

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You've Been F***ked

The hares got you. Similar to False Trail. Go back to the last check and find the RIGHT trail.

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Photo Check

Find your HashFlash and get ready to pose for a photo!