How do I join the Hash?
Just show up to one of the runs. On your first run, you will be a virgin but can consider yourself a hasher from that point on.
If I attend a hash, do I have any obligation to show up regularly or pay dues?
With BH3 the $7 you pay at the beginning of each run is the only money we ask you to pay. We have people who show up once a week/every other week and we have people who show up once a year (or less). If you had a good time, come back. If you decide that hashing is not for you, just stop showing up.
What exactly is a “Hash Name”?
A “Hash Name” is the name that hashers go by during hash events. Every hash member receives a hash name by the other hashers at some point. Usually this name has some connection with a personal embarrassing event, or has sexual implications. In any case, it is usually a name that you don’t refer to in public, sign on your e-mails, or put on your resume. The more embarrassed or dissatisfied you are with your hash name, the more likely the hashers will keep it.
So what’s the deal with the term “Hash”?
Okay, here’s the basic story: The Hash House Harriers phenomenon began in 1938 with an Englishman named Albert Stephen Gispert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He gathered together a group of British expatriates to play a variation of a game known as the “paper chase” or “Hares and Hounds”, an English schoolboy’s game. The group got its name from their hangout, The Selangor Club, which was commonly called the “Hash House” due to its barely edible food.
I hear Hashing can get a bit raunchy/offensive. Is Hashing right for me?
Hashers can be raunchy and some pride themselves on their raunchiness. It is not uncommon for someone to be offended by our behavior and not return. if you are concerned you might fall into that camp but are still interested just reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can figure out if it’s right for you. Otherwise, come in with an open mind and recognize that it is all in good fun.
What kind of people attend the Hash?
People from all walks of life, from judges to students. You’ll find hard core runners, non-competitive runners, walkers, and those that just like to get out and get a little exercise. In all cases, they are people that enjoy a good laugh, and can have some fun socializing while still getting some exercise.
Can I bring my children to a Hash event?
It’s not recommended unless you’re setting aside money for psychotherapy. Spend a little money on a baby sitter. There is also a kid friendly kennel in Denver called the Tame But Not Lame Hash House Harriers.
Can I participate in a Hash event without being forced to drink alcohol?
Absolutely. Although a healthy tolerance for people who drink is desirable, the point of hashing is to have fun and get some exercise.
I want to be a hare. What do I do?
First, attend a few runs so that you get the idea of what hashing is about. After that, see our Hare Razor who is usually looking for people to set runs. You will probably want to have a co-hare the first few times to help out and show you the ropes.