Branded as a “drinking club with a running problem,” the Hash House Harriers is a group of people that meet anywhere anytime to run (or walk) a trail where beer is the prize.
Hashing, or being a member of the international groups that make up the Hash House Harriers, is not exactly what it sounds like. It’s actually the perfect combination of exercise…and beer.
“So, what do you like to do for fun?” “Well, I’m a Hasher.” “Excuse me…a WHAT?”
For hashers, this is a pretty common exchange. Although drinking is not required, it’s certainly what keeps most of us coming back. The beauty of Hashing is it’s everywhere all around the world – and Hashers are always happy to welcome new people.
Your local hash “kennel” is Kansas City Hash House Harriers (KCH3). Visit our website AND find us on Facebook for upcoming runs and PM us with any questions.
Let’s talk about what you will find at a Hash. First of all, this is a drinking club with a raunchy sense of humor, so the Hash is for adults only. You must be 21 to attend the hash (although the occasional baby in a stroller does appear on trail). Beyond that, there are no age restrictions whatsoever. Hashers range in age from 21 to 70+!
Cost is $5, for pretty much all you can drink. We typically do trails on Wednesday evenings (summer only) and Saturday afternoons (all year ‘round). Specialty trails, like the full moon, are often added as well.
Next, you’ll need some stamina. Every Hash is different, but there will be at least 2-3 miles (or more) of running (or walking) and possibly hiking. Hashes go on all year ‘round, through heat, rain, ice, and snow.
The trail is the crux of the Hash run. Instead of laps around a local track, be prepared to run through city streets, fields, woods and jungle. You might ford streams and jump fences. Whoever is haring (laying) that day’s hash will decide where the trail goes then leave marks and clues for the “pack” to figure out and follow to the end. Trail is traditionally marked in flour, chalk, or any other eco-friendly material.
As a reward for your hard work, there is a refreshing “beer check” (sometimes more than one) about halfway through the trail. This could be in the woods, out of the back of someone’s car or in a bar.
After finishing the trail, the Circle commences. During Circle, which is a celebration at the end of the trail, the “Down-Downs” commence. A Down-Down is a cup or drink of beer (or soda or water, if you prefer), awarded to various members of the pack by the Hasher running the circle for trail infractions, anniversaries or just about any reason.
That said, you really have to try a hash to find out if it’s for you. We’re a very friendly group and hope you’ll come see us soon – most people don't like us the first time, so the SECOND one is FREE!