Phnom Penh Hash House Harriers: World Hash Events: December 2021

World Hash Events: December 2021

Hello hashers,

First thing I would like to ask for on my Holiday X-Mas list . . . Need help . . . looking to chat with anyone who hashed in Lima, Peru prior to 1990.


A bit of interesting hash history was made over the past month, Mr. Beer Party himself, HIGGINS of the Brussels Manneke Piss H3 became the first hasher to reach 100 countries / territories on the Half-Mind list. 


Alright, moving right along . . . as the snow starts to fly in the northern hemisphere, its time to think southern hemisphere for the next few months.  The Medellin H3 will be holding their Red Dress Run in a couple weeks, the Jolly Roger H3 will hold their annual Caribbean hash cruise in January, Aussie Nash Hash will be held in March, and then we will finally roll into Interhash in Trinidad at the end of April.  I'm sure many ski hash events will be popping up for those snow birds, but for me, I'm sticking close to the equator . . . until next December 2022 . . . when a group of feeble minded hashers will be heading down to Antarctica for a once in a lifetime hashing event.  There are still a few cabins left, check it all out at


In case you missed them, there are several new articles to choose from this month . . .

In The Spotlight – We Know Where, but When Did It All Begin? -

In The Spotlight - More Missives from Torch Bennett -

In the Spotlight – Peru -!forum/gotothehash


On 8 November, all USA hash clubs are encouraged to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first hash club and hashing in general, to start in the USA.  The commemorative history of hashing in the USA, along with a throw back article, is provided for your reading pleasure (or happy crappy time in the water closet) . . .


Chalk on the sidewalk, flour on your pine tree, fading whistles I the air. . .the neighborhood's just been "hashed"

By Davy Haynes

Page 18, Horizons Magazine  July 1994

  What do running through the woods, flour, whistles and drinking beer have in common? Unless you've been introduced to the sport you probably don't have a clue. Hashing is a form of noncompetitive, cross-country running where the runners follow an unfamiliar route marked by "hares." The hares, running ahead of the group, are the only ones who know the route and where it will lead.  They leave a trail of "hash" marks for the group to follow, which are usually droppings of flour and sometimes chalk symbols drawn on the road or sidewalk.  The catch is the hares, usually deranged, psychotic, or otherwise devious individuals, leave trails that have "checks" –places where the trail may or may not, abruptly change direction.  At each check, the pursuers must stop and search for where the trail starts anew.  But this is the beauty of hashing as the checks keep the front runners "in check" so that everyone else can catch up. 

  A hash run is typically 4 miles.  The location of the start, and the route, varies with each hash.  The course may wind through residential neighborhoods, downtown areas, fields, woods, streams, or most anywhere.  A peculiar aspect of hash courses is that they all seem, at some point, to go through the "shiggy".  That's the hasher's term for muddy; marshy, swampy, or otherwise nasty real estate that must be traversed during the chase. Hashers usually complain when running through it, but candidly, must admit that they love a course heavy with shiggy.  Hash runs may be either a to a (start and end at the same place) or a to b"-more often than not ending at a nearby restaurant or bar, where the runners and the hares get together for a post-run party known as the "On-On."

  While most people haven't heard of hashing, the sport has long history and is quite widespread.  The first hash clubs evolved from the Thames Hares and hounds Club founded in England back 1869.  Known at that time as a "paper chase" (the hares used bits of paper in those days), the object of hashing, as stated by one of the sport's fathers, "was to have a bit of exercise and some refreshment afterwards."  From England hash clubs spread throughout the vast British Empire by way of Her Majesty's Foreign Service and the British Army. 

  Today, hash clubs exist in nearly every country, with more than 800 clubs worldwide.  Of the six clubs in Virginia, Hampton Roads has two: the Tidewater Hash House Harriers (TH3 for short) on the Southside, and the Fort Eustis hash House Harriers (FEH3) on the Peninsula.  The Fort Eustis club has the distinction of being the first hash club in the United States, supposedly started by a British liaison officer to the Fort.  The Tidewater club, founded in 1990, recently celebrated their 100th hash.

  A typical hash begins when the hare leaves the start. The hare is given fifteen minute's head start to lay the trail. After that the chase is on. The pack stretches out quickly with the faster runners up front and the slower runners, and sometimes walkers, bringing up the rear.  The front runners usually don't get too far before the first check brings them to a halt.  For those that run as slowly as I do, the check is the salvation of the hash, allowing everyone a chance to catch up and take a breather while the front runners search around to pick up the trail.  When the trail is located again, whistles sound and the hashers take up the chase again. Even better than a check is the "backtrack", or false trail.  When the hare lays a backtrack it can take the front runners in the wrong direction so that even the slowest of runners can suddenly find themselves leading the pack. 

  To insure that everyone is having a good time and that the runners are well hydrated, a hash sometimes employs the "beer check", setup about mid-run. Here the hashers can stop and catch their breath, whine about the badly marked trail; and, of course, have a beer. 

  Hashing is strictly a fun, social sport.  As a group, hashers are people who enjoy the outdoors, fresh air, and physical activity (as well as beer).  Some are runners bored with the normal run, some are cyclists looking for fun cross-training, some are as on hasher declared, "drinkers with a running problem."  While serious athletes do participate, the very mention of the "r" word (race) is a serious hasher faux pas.  Rhonda Venable, of the FEH3 club, emphasizes that hashes are fun for everybody—from the competitive runner to the not-so-serious, casual jogger or walker.

  So, if you're interested in some fun running, why not give hashing a try?  Newcomers are always welcome—hashers being a very hospitable bunch.  But be forewarned, veteran hashers refer to first timers as virgins and, as such, you will be honored at the On-On with a  special "down-down", hashing's equivalent to a toast.  Some strong advice to those of you who want to give it a try: 1) Never wear new shoes to a hash unless you want to drink beer out of them, and 2) leave your color-coordinated, designer running outfit at home—you may have to run through the shiggy.    


From the Way Back Machine, hash happenings this month . . .





Upcoming hash events for the month of December 2021 are listed below.  See the website for more details:

Dec 1-4 - Postponed until Dec 2023

Mekong Hash Bash

Hosted by Wild Wolf Productions in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dec 3-5

Pearl Harbor XXXV

Hosted by the Waukesha H3 in Milwaukee, WI, USA.

Dec 3-5 - SOLD OUT

Tampa Nekkid

Hosted by the Tampa Bay H3 in Land O Lakes, FL, USA.

Dec 10-12 - SOLD OUT

Trash Prom from Hell

Hosted by the Carolina Trash H3 in Fayetteville, NC, USA.

See the whole two year calendar of events at         

If you know of an upcoming event not posted to the calendar, please send me the info. 


Hashing is fun!  See you on trail someday . . . :O)



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