Hash House Harriers (H3) is an international social running and drinking club, better yet a drinking club with a running problem, or is it the other way around?… Anywho, Hsinchu HHH follows the tradition of live haring, meaning a runner (named a hare or harriette) starts running a pre-planned trail through the woods or mountainside of Taiwan. The hare (and co-hare) set the trail with flour blobs and chalk marks designating the trail. During the trail obstacles are presented to challenge and confuse the runners (Hounds) intending to buy the hares enough time to complete the run without being caught.
So what was this about a social drinking club? Funny you should ask, well as the social animals we are, we encourage your individual choice of having the social beverage or two before, during, and after the run. In fact, a standard obstacle that the Hsinchu Hash has on our runs, is the Beer Check, where you’ll have a chance to relax from your running (mostly walking) of the trail and enjoy a cool brew or water.
And if that weren’t enough, at the end of the run, the hashing Circle is led in a ceremony led by your GM (Grand Masturbator or whatever other clever acronym you have for the title) where we honor your grand accomplishments (mostly humiliations) of the day with sometimes witty banter or a song and always a hoppy beverage in what is known as the down down.
Following the day’s run and down down ceremony, those hashers who wish to participate are welcome to come to a large dinner organized for everyone called the bash, where the beer flows like wine and women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano, no, I’m not talking about Aspen… this is a place called Hsinchu.
H4 runs meetup the last Saturday of every month at 1p.m. at Curry House, Hsinchu. (directions here). If in doubt, check the schedule here or on our Facebook page, or contact your Hsinchu GM or Hsinchu HHH team.
-Even Hitler Likes Him, Hsinchu GM
Your standard trail markings:
This is your standard flour blob.
These marks are hand-fulls of flour, shredded paper, or chalk indicating that you are on trail. Follow these for the general course of the trail.
These are your Check marks. They indicate that the trail splits off at this point and it is your job to look in the general area for where the trail picks up again. The Open Circle indicates that the trail could be anywhere in the 360 degree radius. The X and circled X signed mean that you should look in the general area of each of the lines. However, the hares and harriettes may have marked false trails. Meaning that if you find a flour blob at a check anywhere up to 150 meters on that new trail you may see a sign indicating to go back, because You Be F@cked, you’re on a False Trail. So go back to Check and keep searching.
This is what you’ve been waiting for. BN means Beer Near. Somewhere in the next 400 meters you’re going to be at a beer check, which is marked by BC meaning Beer Check. Relax, have some suds and then on, on and chase down those hares.
So you’ve done it. You see On-In, you should have less than 400 meters till the end of the trail. You’ve just finished the first on many a trail. Get ready for the Circle and the fun to come.