What is the hash, you ask? The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated HHH, H3, or referred to simply as Hashing) is an international group of non-competitive running, social and drinking clubs. An event organized by a club is known as a Hash or Hash Run, with participants calling themselves Hashers. There are more than 1,700 kennels spanning all seven continents. Most major cities are home to at least one chapter. Kennels typically contain 20-100 members, usually mixed-sex and some metropolitan area Hashes can draw more than 1,000 hashers to an event. Hashing does NOT refer to any illegal substance. Hey, if you want to experiment with illegal substances, well, that's up to you. Just don't assume that we might care to join you or to even hear about it. If, on the other hand, you are an adult who enjoys drinking beer, running and/or walking with a group, and participating in fun and ribaldry, then you are in the right place! You can find more about hashing on Wikipedia.
The basics of hashing - Each run begins with 1-3 "hares" who, using chalk, flour or toilet paper, lay a trail for other members (called "hounds") to follow. Markings can often be tricky, leading the hounds down several "bad trails" before finding "true trail". Along the way, there is at least one beer stop, which is usually well stocked with water and other non-alcoholic beverages as well. At the end of trail, hashers gather into a circle, sing some songs and drink the rest of the beer. Hashers are called into the middle of the circle for various reasons and are instructed to consume the rest of their beverage (aka a "down down") while the other hashers sing them a song. After this, we gather at a local bar for more beverages and dinner.
The Secession H3 was founded in Columbia, SC in August 2009. We run at every other Saturday afternoon. Our trails typically run 3-5 miles with 1-2 beer stops along the way. Runs are noncompetitive and skill level among our members vary from marathon runners to walkers. And our trails are never boring . . . we run streets and sidewalks, 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. $6 covers trail and drinks. If it's your first time out, trail is on us! Start times and locations will be announced here, so check back often!
(Needless to say, hashers must be at least 21 to consume alcohol)
GOALS OF THE HASH
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