I attended my first Hash yesterday… The Hash House Harriers is an established running/social club found in most countries in the world. The objectives of the club, as recorded on the club registration card dated 1950, are:
- To promote physical fitness among our members
- To get rid of weekend hangovers
- To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
- To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
Wow…true to their objectives for over half a century!
Yesterday we traveled an hour and a half outside the city for a 10K run / 6K walk in the countryside. I was in the walking group, but I have my sights set on joining those runners before the year’s out. It was about 35 degrees and sauna-like conditions. I really enjoyed the day. But the rituals…code names…symbols?…I’ve never belonged to an exclusive society before…Unless you count being a Caper…(Come to think of it, we have weird nicknames and rituals and beer is involved..So, yeah, I guess that counts…)
I checked out the Nova Scotia based Halifax Harbour Hash House Harriers on Facebook…They describe their club as “A drinking club with a running problem.”