So, ya wanna know how to hash???
The hash has been described as a "Drinking Club with a Running Problem,"
This is more-or-less true. The Hashers meet every other weekend and run/jog/walk a short course. Then afterwards, they stand or sit around, chatting, drinking beer, or coke, or water, or whatever they prefer.
The MGH4 was founded on April 8th, 2001, by a few local hashers that wanted somewhere to run on the weekends without having to go to Atlanta. We are a relatively small group with around 15 people at a good run. We come from all walks of life and backgrounds, married, single, male, female, young and old, professional & student. It is a social group where everyone gets to know everyone else.
So what to expect? The first and most important thing to know is that a hash is NOT a race (road races are referred to as the "R" word and are not proper topics of conversation at the hash!) the only goal of the hash is to get to the end. After everyone has gathered at the location specified on the "next hash" page (Click on the big red spinning icon above. Hashers are sometimes kinda slow...) one or more hashers (the hares) sets a trail for the pack (the rest of the hashers or the hounds) to follow, only the hare knows where the trail will go and where it will end. The trail can go through any type of terrain - we have been known to run on dirt roads, and down power lines, slog through swamps, jog down streets and back alleyways, cross shopping center parking lots, climb fences, ford streams and crawl through tunnels!
The trail can be live or pre-set (but only sissy, wimp hares pre-lay a trail!) and is marked by flour, strips of toilet paper, chalk or other means. The hares get about a seven minute head start (unless they want to be macho and they ask for only five) and use a variety of special marks to confuse the pack and avoid being snared.
The hare doesn't want to be caught by the pack, but the single most important job of the hare is to lay a trail that gets all the hounds to the end & the ice cold BEER!
At least one hound will volunteer to be the "Bimbo" for the hash.
The Bimbo will consult with the Hare and find out where the end is. The Bimbo will then drive a vehicle known as the "Bag Car" to the end.
The bag car is loaded with everyone's stuff (see hash bag below).
We run off and on road (though your Grand Master, and several of the members of Mis-Management believe that the only purpose for trail being on concrete is to cross from one side of a road to the other), so it is always interesting.
The speedy fast FRB's (front running bastards) usually find the way, and by yelling "ON-ON" and blowing whistles, guide the rest of the pack in pursuit of the hare. The distance can be anywhere between 2 miles to 5, though three miles is about average and normally even the slowest walkers finish after an hour or so. For a bonus the hare may leave a refreshment stop (beer stop) somewhere on trail, and everyone can have a nice refreshing drink along the way.
After everyone has finished the trail (made it to the On-In), they all stand around and drink whatever & however they see fit (See below!!). Beer is usually the preferred drink, but non-alcoholic beverages are provided and often chips and other munchies are to be found. At some point the Grandmaster gathers everyone around in a circle and the hash ceremonies begin. Here we make fun of all the stupid things people did on the trail. The first one to finish, short-cutters, the last one to finish, all first time hashers ("Virgins"), and the hares are pointed out. These notable people step into the center of the circle to do a "Down-Down" (chug a beer or other drink of choice); after a few more ceremonies, the circle breaks up and people either go home or meet for dinner at another location.
What to bring. (or, what's in a hash bag)
Below is a list of items you might want to bring to your first hash. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to get in contact with any of the members of Mis-Management via email and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Items with an asterisk are mandatory for a comfortable hash experience. We hope to see YOU at the next hash!!!
*1: Wear comfortable clothes that you can run/jog/walk in that you don't mind getting dirty, torn, and wet. DO NOT wear your best designer jogging outfit. You have been warned...
*2: Running shoes - same warning as above. If you don't want them dirty, muddy and scratched up don't bring them. And don't wear new shoes, even if you don't mind them getting dirty. Again, you have been warned. hehehe.
*3: A hash bag. You will need something to put all your other junk in to keep it together in the bag car.
*4: A complete change of clothes, including shoes. After the trail you will want something comfortable to change into while hanging out at the On-In circle. Make sure the clothes are appropriate for current weather conditions.
*5: A flashlight if it is a night run. Most of the MGH4 hashes will be during daylight hours, but we will have the occasional night trail just to keep things interesting.
*6: A whistle. You will need this to communicate with the other hounds. Failure to bring a whistle is an offense that will earn you an additional down-down at the end...
*7: If you wear glasses be sure to have a lanyard (something to keep them on your head).
8: A collapsible chair is always nice to lounge around in at the On-In circle.
9: Bug spray if it is the time of year for that sort of thing.
10: Rubbing alcohol to dress the miscellaneous scratches and scrapes you are subject to get while running through the woods.
11: A small towel is often useful.
***12: A good sense of humor!!!
***13: A willingness to act a little crazy and be around others that are of a like mind (or lack thereof ).
***14: More questions? Email the following: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Drinking Policy
The members of MGH4 and it's officers strongly enforce responsible drinking. Hash clubs world wide are known for being crazy & doing almost anything but drunk driving is stupid, not crazy, and this sort of behavior has no place in the hash. If you can't drink responsibly then we DON'T want your patronage & we WILL ask you not to come back.
Though we love for people of all ages to enjoy the trails & the circle at the end we do not allow underage drinking - Yes, we will check ID if needed. But please don't let your being under 21 keep you from running with us. We always have soft drinks, sports drinks, and water for those who can't imbibe the typical hash nectar!