The Hash House Harriers (commonly abbreviated "HHH" or "H3" and referred to as "the Hash") is a worldwide collection of loosely-associated running groups. The Hash is frequently described as "a drinking club with a running problem," The organization of the HHH is completely decentralized, with chapters allowed to form and disband at any time and in any place.
Individual hashes have their own (often absurd) customs and rituals, but almost all hashes share several major characteristics. A kennel's management is typically known as the MisManagement and consists of individuals with various duties and titles. 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.
A Hash run will consist of running a trail that is not disclosed ahead of time, but rather is marked by some means by a member of the group. This tends to lead to unpredictable and dynamic running/walking trails. At the end of the trail, participants hold a ceremony known as 'down-downs', drinking beer to celebrate the run.
After attending several runs, participants will be given a 'hash name', which is generally based in either sexual innuendo or a specific memorable incident involving the new member. Hashers will almost always refer to each other by these 'hash names'.
Hashing . . . it's a mixture of athleticism and sociability, hedonism and hard work; a refreshing break from the nine-to-five routine. Hashing is an exhilaratingly fun combination of running, orienteering, and partying, where bands of 10-100 harriers and harriettes chase hares on five-to-ten kilometre-long trails through town, country, jungle, and desert, all in search of exercise, camaraderie, and good times. 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. Perhaps that's why they call it a "drinking club with a running problem!"
Two things you can always count on at a Hash - beer at the end of our runs, and plenty of FUN people to socialize with each week.