China in Photos

Panda Hashers

Oh yes, Chengdu has hashers, except they aren’t just hashers, they are panda hashers. rarrrrrrrr.

For those of you who are wondering what drugs I’m on, let me share some wikipedia with you:

“The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated to HHHH3, 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

Most kennels gather on a weekly or monthly basis, though some events occur sporadically, e.g. February 29th, Friday the 13th, or a full moon.

At a Hash, one or more members (Hares) lay a trail, which is then followed by the remainder of the group (the Pack or Hounds). The trail often includes false trails, short cuts, dead ends, and splits. These features are designed to keep the pack together regardless of fitness level or running speed, as front-runners are forced to slow down to find the “true” trail, allowing stragglers to catch up.

Members often describe their group as “a drinking club with a running problem,” indicating that the social element of an event is as important, if not more so, than any athleticism involved. Beer remains an integral part of a Hash, though the balance between running and drinking differs between kennels, with some groups placing more focus on socializing and others on running”

In doing my “research” for this post, I also found out that hashing started in 1938 among some expats and British diplomats who were trying to run off the excesses of their previous weekend.

To read about all of the wacky traditions, code words, drinking games, etc, check out wikipedia.

I worked at a running store in Madison, WI for awhile, so I knew a lot of old-timer Hashers.  They were a fun group.  I’ve also run into the DC Hashers, though I’ve never made the time to join and suffer the “initiation.”

China though, China looks like it will be a fun place to be a hasher.  Hoping I can join in time for the red dress run!


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