Hash House Harriers

Now you might not have heard about Hash House Harriers, but those of you who have, you will be sure to always remember them.

Hash House Harriers, or hashers as they are more commonly known, are those who are part of a social club that run, socialize and drink weekly.

Now there are plenty of running clubs around, but what makes these so unique is the fact they refer to themselves as drinkers with a running problem, not the other way around.

Basically a standard hash run involves around 20-100 members of a hash group meeting at a certain location, where they will then take off on a 6-7 kilometer run through testing terrain.

Along the run there are many different directions you have to pay attention to that are drawn onto certain landmarks along the way.

To a degree, a hash run is a bit like a scavenger hunt, and most of the time you have no idea where you are running to before you take off.

Once the run is complete, all members will begin socializing and drinking together.

At the end of every run, a circle takes place. A circle is like a team discussion, where hashers are punished, recognized, new hashers are inducted, nicknames are given and news and upcoming events are spoken of.

In case you were thinking Hash clubs are more of a little known cult, guess again. There are hundreds of hash clubs across the world, and it is so popular they have international competition every four years.

The Interhash is a worldwide event culminating all groups across the globe for a massive run/socialize/drink together.

For those of you who are keen to join, there is sure to be one in almost every major city around across Australia, and numerous regional groups as well.

For more info check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_House_Harriers

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