Hashin’ the Night Away

Hash House Harriers
Image of Hash House Harriers via Wikipedia

The world is full of all kinds of different people.  It amazes me the groups you can find of people drawn together through some seemingly random interest.  I’ve stumbled across a couple of very special interest groups and it’s got me thinking about how different we are, yet how easy it is to find others like us these days.

One group I stumbled upon are “hashers.”  Our neighbor would have mysterious groups of people come by and sing boisterously around a campfire with an enigmatic trailer marked with five Hs in a circle on it.  And they weren’t singing Kumbaya if you catch my drift.

Then last month on the Art Studio Tour I came across a couple of people, one of whom had a sweatshirt with that 5 H symbol on it.  So I had to ask.  It turns out the group is called the Harrisburg Hershey Hash House Harriers.  Here is an explanation of what they do from their website:

One harrier (the hare) lays a trail of flour over a chosen course. The other harriers (the hounds) try to follow that trail, along which they may encounter refreshment surprises. The typical hash is 3-5 miles over hill and dale, through suburbs, woods, malls, et al.

Hashing isn’t a race, there are no prizes to the swift. Following the trail is the challenge, camaraderie and beverages are the rewards. We are, quite frankly, “A drinking club with a running problem.”

That’s right, they run and drink adult beverages.  And sometimes there are tutus involved.  And no one goes by their real name.  The nicknames are pretty raunchy (you can see them on the website.)  And this is a worldwide phenomenon.  There’s a history of the “sport” on their website.

This is just one of the many clubs out there that you’ve never heard of.  For any interest you can come up with, there is at least one other person in the world who shares it.  And probably a lot more than you ever thought.  What’s your most specialized interest?  Have you ever hashed?  Do you know of any other specialized groups we could learn about?  Comment and let us know.