Welcome to the FEH3! The oldest continuously running hash in the United States!
Come join us for laid back fun as we wander around the wilds of Hampton Roads either running or with beer in hand (assuming we're over 21). What's Hashing, anyway?
Fun.ok, so you wanna give a little more detail?
Hashing is a "drinking club with a running problem." It's a combination of all that is good about running/walking/hiking, socializing and beer (if you're over 21, soft drinks/water if you're not). There is an active de-emphasis racing because the point is to have a great time, not to compete. We meet on Saturdays roughly around 3pm, and one member (the hare) starts off laying trail behind him/her. 12 minutes later, the rest of us follow. At the end, we circle up, and honor the hare/trail and those who did anything particularly funny on trail. Over time, you'll get a chance to hare your own trail and earn a bawdy but affectionate nickname based on your foibles and misadventures.I Don't Run (or I'm super fast) Can I Still Come?
Absolutely! We're not kidding when we say that we welcome runners of all different abilities. The purpose is to have a great time running/walking. Whether your great time is a 6 minute mile or a 20 minute mile, you're equally welcome! If you're fast, you run the risk of catching the hare (technically the goal of this endeavor). The trail can be a great way to break up the monotony of a beginning or advanced running program because it adds the elements of problem solving, mystery, and fun.Can I Bring my Puppy/Stroller/Alpaca?
Sure. . .but you should definitely check the trail information first. Trail locations vary from pavement pounders that are mostly on sidewalks, to bushwhacking through the underbrush (which is super hard on a stroller). Some of these areas allow dogs, and others don't. That's why the listing will typically say if it's dogable or strollerable. If you do not see these words, you may either assume that it's not a good trail for a stroller/dog, or you can call our GM and ask.Can I bring my Kid?
We love kids. Heck, some of us were kids once ourselves! Kids are welcome on our trails, and at our circles. However, there is a LOT of vulgar language and behavior in the circle. Also, our version of children's songs will get your child kicked out of Sunday school. We don't self-censor, so bringing your child to circle depends entirely on your comfort zone.
However, don't let the lack of a babysitter stop you from coming! We have plenty of parents at the hash. Some leave before the circle begins, others play with their children elsewhere during circle and rejoin us afterward, and still others allow their child to attend circle but discuss appropriate time and place for specific behavior/language with their child beforehand. If you're not sure what's best, talk to any of us about it when you arrive. We'd be happy to answer your questions.How About my Grandma?
Well that depends. If your grandma's the type to say "Oh phooey! I burned the darn muffins!" then this may not be the place for her. But, if she goes into a bar, and ten minutes later, sailors come running out, then she may have a thing or two to teach us. (place the reference? anyone? anyone? Beuller?)What Should I Bring?
At the very least, bring a vessel for drinks, a whistle, a $5 bill to offset costs, and your sense of humor/fun. Depending on the time of year and the trail, we suggest you bring bug spray, long socks (to prevent poison ivy/chiggers), chalk to mark your trail for those behind you, an old pair of walking/running shoes to wear, and a change of clothes just in case the trail is mucky.
If you're a complete running nerd, and many of us are, and you have a gps or garmin you use to track runs/walks. You should bring it because hash trails tend to wander places you'd never go on a normal run, and looking at the map later is always interesting.How do I Join?
You show up. You have fun. That's pretty much it. We're pretty inclusive.How much does it cost?
People who haven't hashed with a specific hash before are called "Virgins," and virgins are always free. After that, it's $5 to offset costs of beer, flour, chalk, and websites like this. Is There Anything you Guys don't Like?
We're not big fans of getting arrested for serving alcohol to minors, so be honest about your friend/kid's/kid's friend's age. Also, we rather like everyone getting home alive, so make sure you plan to drink responsibly or bring a DD.Ok, I'm in, But (insert special concern here)
Post your question on our discussion board, or e-mail our trusty GM Arrested development at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll answer your questions for you because that's how she rolls.