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Santiago Hash House Harriers Pages

How to be a Hare or a Host

Introduction

So you have been selected by the Hash Hare Raiser to set the Santiago Hash, or to be a Host for a hash and you are looking for a few suggestions? Look no further; here they are, all spelled out the by the SHHH Committee. To be asked to set or host the SHHH is an honour and a privilege. The Hash Mismanagement Committee expects that regular hashers take their turn and do it once in a while. And that the experienced pair up with virgin hosts & hares to help them to get started.

Advantages of Being a Host

• You get a free run
• You earn the undying gratitude of your fellow hashers and your name will live on in the SHHH statistics
• You get lots of visitors to your house or chosen venue

Advantages of Being a Hare

• You get a free run
• You earn the undying gratitude of your fellow hashers and your name will live on in the SHHH statistics!
• You get to observe the countryside at a more leisurely pace than when you are running
• You can feel personally vindicated that your contribution is serving the common good by ensuring that there is yet another hash to run.

Duties of the Host

• To find a replacement in the event you cannot host on the Saturday you’ve been assigned. And to inform the Hare-Raiser NO LATER THAN the previous weekend, so there is no misunderstanding and ‘No Shows’. If you screw this up, there will be no run, and there will be dire repercussions (like not being given any beer for a very long time).
• To identify a suitable location for the start and for the end of a run. This COULD be your home, or a rented meeting space at your building. This could also be a public place like a park, or a commercial place like a pub. The start location doesn’t HAVE to be the same as the end location.
• Consider that we need a space for a circle, in an environment that will not cause problems. If your building has sound by-laws, or really uptight people that won’t like our singing, then you may want to pick someone else’s building.
• Consider that using a pub is fine, but you need to NEGOTIATE with the owner a good price for the beer. Ideally, they will allow us to bring our own beer, in return for committing that people will stay for a meal & more drinks afterwards. Otherwise, negotiating a preferred price for ‘schop’ beer is acceptable. Generally, pubs that have beer on tap, or sell beer in the 1 liter bottles, will be within the price range of the Hash. We try to keep the hash price to 3000 pesos per run. This can be raised for special occasions, but can cause problems, so it is recommended to keep this budget in mind.
• Many hashes end with an Asado (BBQ) – it is not mandatory, but often appreciated.
• You are not expected to incur any great costs in hosting, nor are you expected to feed the hash. You are simply asked to organize the logistics. If the venue has the facilities for an asado, then make sure MisManagement knows this, and we will inform people to bring stuff to cook & share. If we’re going to be at a pub/restaurant, we need to warn people to bring extra money with them if they want to eat.

Duties of the Hare

• To find a replacement in event you cannot do it for the Saturday you’ve been assigned. And to inform the Hare-Raiser NO LATER THAN the previous weekend, so there is no misunderstanding and “No Shows”. If you screw this up, there will be no run, and there will be dire repercussions (like not being given any beer for a very long time).
• To set the trail
• To provide the directions to the start point of the run, early enough so the SHHH can advertise where people should meet. For example ‘Hash will start at 1400h in front of Flannery’s Pub’. We need to know this at least one week before the run, more lead time is better!
• To give a short ‘chalk talk’ to the pack prior to the run, especially to clarify things to virgin runners
• To notify of any particular hazards, or attractions, depending on personal tastes (eg. Packs of Flaites, student protests, deranged stray dogs, earthquake damage, shoot-em-ups at karaoke bars, village idiots, and the like)
• To explain any variations on the usual markings.
• To identify a beer stop on the trail, and organize the beer to arrive at said stop – if you decide to include a beer stop (it isn’t mandatory). Talk to Hash Cash if you plan on using a pub for the beer stop, to ensure we have sufficient funds. (We don’t ALWAYS have a beer stop)
• To start the runners on their trail and to start the walkers on their trail.
• To put the pack back on the trail if they get totally lost.
• To make sure that everyone returns at the end (count the people as they leave)

Suggested Locations for the Run

• Runs in urban parts of Santiago are generally well received by the pack. What is also appreciated, is visiting parts of the city we have never visited before. There is nothing wrong with having yet another run in Parque Hurtado, but variety is the spice of hashing.
• The run should consider how people are going to arrive at the hash. Areas accessible by public transit are often the most successful. With a little more organization, plans can be made to hash outside of the city – discuss with the Hash Mismanagement committee if you have something in mind.

Live Runs

If you are a very fast runner, or you fail to set the run on time, you have the option of setting a “live run”. In this case you are given 5 or 10 minutes head start and you set the trail as you try to outrun the pack to the finish. If the pack catches you, you can expect one or several down-downs. Needless to say, you will have little or no time to set false trails and if the pack spots you in the distance they can ignore the trail you just set and head straight for you.
In our experience, pre-set runs are usually better.

Trail Layout and Markings

Setting a decent trail takes time. It takes about double the length of time to lay a trail than it does to run it. Having a second hare with you while marking the trail helps, especially when laying out false trails.
The length of the trail should take about an hour, probably about 6-8 kilometres for the runners, and you can consider putting in a beer stop of you wish. The trail should not cross itself. Usually the trail is A-to-A (circular), but occasionally may be A-to-B (from a start location to a different end location).

The objective is to set a trail that can be followed by the fastest runners, (the Front-Running B**tards, or FRB’s) who will investigate false trails and determine the correct path. In the meantime the slower runners will catch up. In this way the pack stays together and nobody should get totally lost. The walkers start off separately, and are led through an abbreviated trail by a Walker’s Hare. The walk should therefore be about ½ to 2/3 the length of the run, in order that the runners and walkers come in at about the same time. The other way to look at it, is to set a walker’s trail, and then add extra distance on for the runners – break them away from the main group and give them a few extra kms.

Use flour, or chalk, or shredded paper. You need a few more marks than you think. Santiago Hashers are not particularly observant, and in the city marks often get erased quickly. So be generous with your marks. Make them big and easy to see. A good guideline for flour is around 4lbs will lay a well-marked run.

Marks used in the Santiago Hash are:
• Blob – this is an ordinary trail marker
• Circle – this is a check. From here there are two or more trails, only one of which will continue. False trails can be up to a couple of hundred metres long, depending on circumstances.
• X – this marks the end of a false trail. There can be one or two blobs on the false trail before the final X.
• H-in-circle – this is a holding check. The pack holds while the slower runners catch up. Usually associated with a viewpoint or something the pack should see.
• Arrow – use this when you want to be clear about the direction to take, such as on busy roads where you don’t want people checking around.
• R with Arrow and/or W with Arrow – indicates if you are splitting the runners away from the walkers

A few false trails (3 or 4) is about right for a run. Fewer (like zero) will be soundly criticized, but too many false trails can get confusing and a bit tiresome.

When marking the trail, consider that if you put flour on someone’s lawn, it is likely to get watered. If you put flour on someone’s driveway, it is liable to get swept away by an over-protective nana. The best places to position a mark are along the edges of buildings, at the bases of lightposts, signposts & trees and in places where its not likely to be trod upon or eaten by a stray dog.

You may get asked when setting the trail, what you are doing – by security guards, or the simply curious/nosey. There could be a legitimate concern that you are in some way marking houses for breakins (or something equally paranoid). Explain you are with a running group and you are just marking a trail. If you don’t have enough Spanish, an amusing mime of this usually works.

Remember that the walkers generally know where they are going and therefore can give a way the route to the runners. Therefore try to arrange for the walkers to stay behind the runners. Another idea is to have the walkers do the route in reverse.

The endpoint should be located in a place preferably away from traffic noise, so that the Grand Master doesn’t have to shout his head off to be heard. Most of our Grand Masters shout their heads off anyway. It also has to be a location where we can have a circle, sing & drink beer without attracting undue attention from police, or annoying too many people. If we’re going inside a pub, make sure they have space for us, and understand they’re getting a noisy group.

Don’t lead the pack through the run. It is their job to find the trail.

Your Final Reward

At the end of the run, during the Circle, the Grand Master will call on someone to do a run report. Following the run report the pack will give a verbal vote as to what they thought of the run. You will be rewarded for your efforts in song & in beer. Perhaps more beer, if you did a really good or really lousy job.

T-Shirts and Theme Runs

Some hares like to set a theme run, such as Valentine’s Day, a Chilean holiday, a good-bye run, or a made-up theme. Telling people to wear a silly costume actually works well for the Santiago Hash, people tend to participate!

If you wish to design and produce a T-Shirt or other hasherdashery for your run, please consult with the Hash Haberdasher first, as he/she will know how many T-Shirts are in stock already, where to get best price/quality. Also you will receive instructions concerning our standing agreements to show logos.

Unexploded Ordnance & Land Mines

We believe Santiago to be free of any such hazards. If you spot any, take pictures, because that would be rather strange.

(Shamelessly stolen & modified from the Phnom Penh Hash, to suit the needs of the Santiago Hash)

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