The history of the hash dates back to British Malaysia before the War. There are now hash chapters established in almost every country worldwide, thereby making the planet a less lonely place for many ex-pats who’s postings take them to faraway places. The good news for us home-bound Yanks is that hashing has caught on in North America. However, regardless of where we find ourselves, we always follow the objectives of the hash:
  • To promote physical fitness among its members
  • To get rid of weekend hangovers
  • To acquire a good thirst and satisfy it with beer
  • To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
The appointed or volunteer “hare” sets a trail for the “hounds” to follow. The hash run follows an unpredictable cross-country trail laid with simple trail-marks (usually flour, chalk or toilet paper, otherwise known as “hash”) showing the way. While many kennels do “live” trails, meaning the hare gets a 15-minute head start and the pack tries to catch him/her/them, Baton Rouge usually does “dead” trails. The trail is pre-layed and the hares run with the pack so that no one is left behind. However, this is “hare’s choice.” A crafty hare will set “false trails,” trying to foul-up the Front Running Bastards (FRB’s) in the group, thus allowing the pack the opportunity to catch up. The group stays together by harriers yelling “ON-ON” when they see a true trail-mark and are heading in the right direction.Since hashing has been around since the 1930’s, different hash clubs have different traditions. Drinking, singing (drinking songs, of course), and other archaic diversions have been known to occur at the hash.

At trail’s end hashers gather to drink beverage of choice and recognize the efforts, deceits, and folly of the hare. The Summit Circle is led by the Grandmaster, or the Religous Advisor. Traditions (and the degree of rowdiness) vary from hash to hash, but in general the Circle consists of awarding “Down-Downs” for misdemeanors real, imagined, or blatantly made up. Visitors are always given a Visitors Down-Down as are Virgins (first-time hash runners) and anyone else who comes to the attention of the Circle. So come on out and enjoy the fun!

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