How it works:
One or two members of the “kennel” lay a trail with flour, chalk and/or toilet paper across every imaginable terrain in the area – we call them the “Hares”. The pack of runners & walkers or “harriers & harriettes” chase the hares until they reach the end of trail or the “On In". Along the way, the “Hares” will make diversions and stops (checks) of various types (including beer checks) to slow the pack down and keep the runners & walkers together. Trails are generally 3 miles +/-
Hashing is about having fun REGARDLESS of your age (21 min), physical condition, race, beliefs, political affiliations etc. It is completely NON-COMPETITIVE. The hash is an escape from the mundane, we have crazy “hash names” sing crazy "hash songs", and crack jokes on each other. We are a very in-formal and diverse group.
All you need to do is click "I'm Coming" for a trail and show up at the time and place posted. You will be welcomed by friendly non -judgmental people and everything you need to know will be explained to you.
There are no rules in HASHING but we do have traditions. The HHH has been around since the 1930’s and is found in every major city around the world and in many smaller ones too.
Birmingham is fortunate to have two kennels that offer a variety of trails on different days of the week:
Brimingham H3 - hashes most Saturdays and trails are mostly OFF-road. www.birminghamhash.com
Magic City H3 - is a Full Moon hash and mixes pavement and shiggy
Other Alabama hashes include: Montgomery, Huntsville, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Enterprise & Auburn.
If you have any question or need more info please call the Hash Hotline: 205-901-9367
The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated to HHH, H3, or referred to simply as Hashing) is an international group of non-competitive running/walking, social and drinking clubs. An event organized by a club is known as a Hash or Hash Run, with participants calling themselves Hashers.
The Hash is a decentralized organization with each chapter, sometimes called a kennel, individually managed with no uniting organizational hierarchy (although the locations of national and international gatherings are decided by a meeting involving representatives from a number of hashes). A chapter's management is typically known as the MisManagement and consists of individuals with various duties and titles. There are more than 1,700 chapters spanning all seven continents. Most major cities are home to at least one chapter. Chapters typically contain between 20-100 members, usually mixed-sex, with some metropolitan area Hashes drawing more than 1,000 hashers to an event.
Hashing originated in December 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, then in the Federated Malay States (now Malaysia), when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British Paper Chase or "Hare and Hounds", to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. The original members included, Albert Stephen (A.S.) Ignatius "G" Gispert, Cecil Lee, Frederick "Horse" Thomson, Ronald "Torch" Bennett and John Woodrow. A. S. Gispert is recognised as the Father of Hashing, and All-Around Grand Master-Hasher.
After meeting for some months, they were informed by the Registrar of Societies that as a "group," they would require a Constitution and an official name. A. S. Gispert suggested the name "Hash House Harriers" after the Selangor Club Annex, where the men were billeted, known as the "Hash House" for its notoriously monotonous food. Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and finding the trail, harriers reaching the end of the trail would be rewarded with beer, ginger beer and cigarettes.
The Constitution of the Hash House Harriers is recorded on a club registration card dated 1950:
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.