HASH FAQ

Q. Who are the 'Hash House Harriers?

The Hash House Harriers (HHH or H3) is an international group of non-competitive running social clubs. An event organized by a club is known as a hash, hash run or simply hashing, with participants calling themselves hashers and harriers or hariettes.

Q. What happens on a hash run?

At a hash run, one or more members ("hares") lay a chalk or flour trail, which is then followed by the remainder of the group (the "pack" or "hounds"). ... our Sydney Thirsty Hash runs are almost always within 5km of the CBD. Most runs start and end at the same location (A-A),but sometimes end at a separate location (A-B), where the hares will arrange transport of your bags to the end.

Q. Can anyone join?

You must be 18+ to join, and most importantly, you must have a good sense of humour. The hash involves some level of fitness, so being able to walk/run/jog certainly helps. Come to a hash run and see for yourself!

Q. Why are runners called harriers?

A form of cross-country running in the early 19th century was called hare and hounds—the “hares” started a few minutes before the others and left a trail of paper scraps to be followed by the “hounds.” Cross-country runners came to be known as harriers, after a small hound used to chase genuine hares.

Q. How long is a run?

Anywhere from 5-10k, but the rule is to keep it as close to 6.9k as possible. Saturday runs tend to be longer than Thursday runs.

Q. What happens after the run?

Ha Ha... This top secret information . There will be refreshments offered after the run, usually beer, wine, cider, water, and soft drinks. There maybe some snacks.. Oh, there may also be some singing. Come join us to find out.

Q. What do I need to bring along?

A sense of humour. Running or walking shorts and shoes. Someone will be there to mind your bag while we run.

Q. What does 'On On' mean?

There are a few universally understood and accepted expressions in the hash. The most famous is “On-On!” Used as a verb, it is the way one hasher lets another hasher know that he is on trail (ie. if you are on trail, you are supposed to call out – On-On!”

We also used the expression as a greeting to other hashers. On-On!