Hash House Harriers is a X-country run/walk with a party along the way and at the end. Our club has over 50 local members. Our usual trails will have 20-30 harriers/harriettes.
The general idea: the "hare" for the week sets a trail for the "hounds" to follow. The hash run (run is a vague description and should be individually interpreted) follows an unpredictable cross-country trail laid with simple trail-marks showing the way. A crafty hare will set "false trails," trying to foul-up the Front Running Bastards (FRB's) in the group, thus allowing the pack the opportunity to catch up. To make sure that the group stays together, harriers yell "ON-ON" when they see a trail-mark and are heading in the right direction.
The history of the hash dates back to British Malaysia before World War II. There are now hash chapters established in almost every country worldwide, and in all 50 states. A hasher can travel any where and find a party of like minded (half minds) friends.
Since hashing has been around since the 1930's, different hash clubs have different traditions. Drinking, singing (drinking songs, of course), and other archaic diversions have been known to occur at the hash.
At trail's end, hashers gather to drink beverage of choice and recognize the efforts, deceits, and folly of the hare. The Summit Circle is led by the Grandmaster, or the Religous Advisor. Traditions (and the degree of rowdiness) vary from hash to hash, but in general the Circle consists of awarding "Down-Downs" for misdemeanors real, imagined, or blatantly made up. Visitors are always given a Visitors Down-Down as are Virgins (first-time hash runners) and anyone else who comes to the attention of the Circle.
If you have a sense of humor, like being physically active, and like to drink a few cold ones while laughing your A_ _ off you will probably enjoy hashing with the PCH3.