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What's Hashing? What's a Hasher? How do I Join? How'd the Hash start in Houston?
|Who||What||Where||When||What to Bring||How Much?||Houston HASH History|
|WHO?||Houstonians, we come from all walks of life... doctors,
lawyers, engineers, secretaries, school teachers, nurses, truck drivers, students... ages
range from 21 to 60+ Most people are avid runners, but it's not a
requirement. Most everyone is welcome, men, women (the split is about 50/50), young
(>21), old, single, married (again, about 50/50), divorced, employed, unemployed.
Membership is by word of mouth, there's no special fee or initiation or public humiliation
involved. The only requirement is a GOOD sense of humor and adventure!
Basically, "hashers" love running and beer drinking, but neither is a requirement as long as you like to socialize, carry on, party, and have FUN!
|WHAT?||HASHING (verb), Hashers (noun), the Hash (noun), Hash House
Harriers (noun) originates from the British military's term for "mess hall", the
Brits call the "mess hall" the "Hash House". Mess Hall Runners
translates to Hash House Harriers.... Hashing is based on a Hound and Hare game
designed to make running FUN. The roots are firmly based with the British military and the
Brits' sense of humor... there isn't anything so sacred you can't make fun of it ....
Hashing . . . it's a mixture of athleticism and sociability, hedonism and hard work; most of all, it's a refreshing break from the nine-to-five routine. Hashing is an exhilaratingly fun combination of running, orienteering, and partying, where bands of harriers and harriettes chase hares on three-to-six mile-long trails through town, country, and desert, all in search of exercise, camaraderie, and good times.
Hashing began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1938, when a group of British colonial officials and expatriates founded a running club called the Hash House Harriers. They named the group after their meeting place, the Selangor Club, nicknamed the "Hash House." Hash House Harrier runs were patterned after the traditional British paper chase. A "hare" was given a head start to blaze a trail, marking his devious way with shreds of paper, all the while pursued by a shouting pack of "harriers." Only the hare knew where he was going . . . the harriers followed his clues to stay on trail. Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and solving the clues, reaching the end was its own reward . . . for there, thirsty harriers would find a tub of iced-down beer.
Hashing died out during World War II (Japanese occupying forces being notoriously anti-fun) but picked up in the post-war years, spreading through the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand, then exploding in popularity in the mid-70s. Today there are thousands of Hash House Harrier clubs in all parts of the world, with newsletters, directories, and even regional and world hashing conventions.
Hashing hasn't strayed far from its Kuala Lumpur roots. A typical hash today is a loosely-organized group of 20-40 men and women who meet weekly or biweekly to chase the hare. We follow chalk, flour, or paper, and the trails are never boring . . . we run streets and back alleyways, but we also ford streams, climb fences, explore storm drains, and scale cliffs. And although some of today's health-conscious hashers may shun a cold beer in favor of water or a diet soda, trail's end is still a party.
If you're wondering what's up this the weird names above, it's because most hashers have a nickname or "hash name". The name is "awarded" by the Religous Advisor (a tongue in cheek name/title given to the person who runs the circle-up) and is usually brought forward by anyone who thinks he/she has a good case for a naming. A name is based on anything stupid you did or said or were accused of doing or saying or anything else about yourself the rest of the hash can make fun of.... names usually involve some sort of silly story about the hasher in question. The more juvenile, the better!
|WHERE?||Anywhere in the Houston Area.... Some runs are
entirely on streets. But, more often than not, trails are laid through forest
trails, creek bottoms, bayous, right-of-ways, "shiggy", storm sewers....
basically "anywhere". The "Hares" pick the starting point and
the ending point and lay the trail. Every week, there's a different hare, so the run
location is wherever they decide.
To see where we run, go to Roller's Ballatorium
To find out where the trail starts, CALL THE HASH HOTLINE (713-425-4274), you'll get a recording that gives directions to the Start.
|WHEN?||Every Sunday afternoon or Monday evening, or whenever
the hares decide... Call the Hash HOTLINE for time and location.
|What to Bring?||
As we like to say, "If you only have half a mind... that's all you need!" ...Wear old running clothes. Don't wear new shoes! Bring an extra set something dry to change into after the run (extra shorts or pants and a shirt, dry shoes or flip flops, maybe a towel) in a small bag.
|How Much?||The cost is typically five bucks. Money is collected at the
run start by "Hash Cash". This covers the what the hares spend to
put on the run... The hares typically provide water, a keg of beer, soda,
chips, dip, snacks and sometimes BBQ, or Gumbo, or Thai Food, etc... their choice.
The only catch is, you have to find the end to get to the beer!
It's the cheapest entertainment in town! ... A fun run, Beer! Soda! Snacks! And Friends!
|Hash History in Houston||
The Houston Hash was founded on May 21st, 1979. Since that time it has logged over 1200 Runs!
The Houston Hash runs anywhere from 50 to 90 people at each run depending on the time of year and competing events elsewhere; like Christmas, Sex in the White House or, the Persian Gulf War...
The History of the Houston Hash House Harriers as remembered by Bill Puber Huber on the occasion of Houstons 50th Run, May 28th 1980.