Kalgoorlie-Boulder Hash House Harriers

A drinking club with a running problem!
A running club with a drinking problem !

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Hash House Harriers are a mixed hash of runners and walkers and we meet every Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm in summer and 4:00pm in winter. Cost is $10 and this covers your run, circle and food but more importantly it covers a very entertaining few hours to brighten up your life. Buy your own drinks at club prices. For more info check out the next run page or contact one of the committee members

The Hash House Harriers (commonly abbreviated "HHH" or "H3" and referred to as "the Hash") is a worldwide collection of loosely-associated running groups. The Hash is frequently described as "a drinking club with a running problem," The organization of the HHH is completely decentralized, with chapters allowed to form and disband at any time and in any place.

Individual hashes have their own (often absurd) customs and rituals, but almost all hashes share several major characteristics. A Hash run will consist of running a trail that is not disclosed ahead of time, but rather is marked by some means by a member of the group. This tends to lead to unpredictable and dynamic running/walking trails. At the end of the trail, participants hold a ceremony known as 'down-downs', drinking beer to celebrate the run.

After attending several runs, participants will be given a 'hash name', which is generally based in either sexual innuendo or a specific memorable incident involving the new member.

Hashers will almost always refer to each other by these 'hash names'.

Hashing, as we know it today, began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1938, when a group of restive British company men started a hare & hounds r*nning group. They named the group after their meeting place, the Selangor Club, aka the "Hash House." Hash House Harrier r*ns were patterned after the traditional British public school paper chase. A "Hare" would be given a short head start to blaze a trail, marking his devious way with shreds of paper, soon to be pursued by a shouting pack of "Harriers." Only the Hare knew where he was going . . . the Harriers followed his marks to stay on trail. Apart from the excitement of chasing down the wily Hare, solving the Hare's marks and reaching the end was its own reward, for there, thirsty Harriers would find a tub of iced-down beer.

Hashing died during World War II (Japanese occupying forces being notoriously opposed to civilian fun), but came back to life in the post-war years, spreading slowly through Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand, then exploding in popularity in the late 70s and early 80s. Today there are thousands of Hash House Harrier clubs in all parts of the world, complete with newsletters, directories, and regional and world Hashing conventions.