Frequently Asked Questions about Hashing

The questions and format are taken from ... well, a Hasher site somewhere on the net, but it is difficult to determine the origin. The answers were tailored for the Santa Bastard H3, but generally apply to hashing in Santa Barbara and worldwide.

Always remember one thing - It only takes a half-mind to hash!

If I attend a hash, do I have any obligation to show up regularly or pay dues?
There are no regular dues for SBH3, just 5.00 run fees that you pay at the beginning of each run to cover the cost of beer and light snacks. Aside from that, get out and play with us as little or as much as you would like. With the founding of the Santa Bastard Hash House Harriers in November 2008, there are now even more opportunities to run for beer around Santa Barbara.
Because we are a very irreverent bunch, hashing is not for everyone. If you find that it's not for you, that's OK, at least you will have a story to tell. But if you have a big smile on your face at the end of the day, then come on back.
What exactly is a "Hash Name"?
A "hash name" is a pseudonym that we go by during hash events. The origin of the nicknames is somewhat in question, but it is generally accepted that the practice started to "protect the guilty" in a hashers daily life. A hash name may have sexual connotations and the clever ones involve a double entendre. Many of us don't know each other's real names (mortal name) Perhaps this encourages the playful and sometimes lewd banter.
Naming can happen at any time, usually sometime after your fifth run. It can also happen at your first one if there was something truly noteworthy about your day. Sometimes it can take months to get a name when the group is searching for just the perfect tag.
The great thing about having a hash name is that you become part of the international society that is the Hash House Harriers. Anywhere you travel, anywhere you move to, you will have an instant network friends in the closest city.
So what's the deal with the term "Hash"?
The Hash House Harriers were formed in 1938 by Albert S. Gispert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He led a group of British expatriates that took up a version of the game "Paper Chase" (also known as Hare and Hounds). Their adaptation of this sport from the Victorian Era stressed the social element over competition.
The game would start at their watering hole, The Selangor Club. The club, due to its lackluster food was commonly referred to as the "Hash House", thus the Hash House Harriers.
Did you think that it was due to some kind a drug den? Many, many, do.
I'm oversensitive and easily offended. Is Hashing right for me?
Probably not. However, the better you can take a joke or double entendre, the more comfortable you will be.
What kind of people attend the Hash?
People from all walks of life from judges to students, though hashers don't tend to talk much about what we do for a living, or even necessarily what our real names are. Among the few attributes all share is a love of adventure and fun, and a seemingly unquenchable thirst.
You'll find hard core runners, non-competitive runners, walkers, and those that just like to get out and get a little exercise. Some are outstanding athletes; others are more proficient at partying. Hashers are people that enjoy a good laugh, and can have some fun socializing while still getting some exercise.
One hasher, put it this way: "The hash is the great leveller. No matter who you are, what you do, how much money you make, everyone runs the same trail and is equally subject to the wrath of the RA and their fellow sinners afterward."
What do I wear/bring?
Proper attire for a hash is a pair of running shoes or sneakers, running pants or shorts, a T-shirt and a whistle. Additionally we recommend bringing a gym bag or backpack with a towel, bug spray, fresh socks and a change of clothes in case of shiggy or water on trail. A collapsible chair is always nice to lounge around in at the On-In circle.
Can I bring my children to a Hash event?
It is recommended that you do not bring your children to a Santa Bastard Hash, but you know your child better than we do. When kids do come out to our hashes, they will run trail and leave before the post-trail circle when down-downs and the singing of outrageous songs begin.
Beyond the maturity of your child, think about the other hashers that are present. They are there to let loose and leave society's mores behind for just a little while. Having kids present could inhibit other's ability to have fun.You wouldn't want to do that, would you?
Can I participate in a Hash event without being forced to drink alcohol?
You will never be forced or strongly encouraged to do anything in a Santa Bastard Hash that you do not want to do. Nor will you be chided for not drinking. The idea is to get out get some exercise, have fun and be who you are.
Hashers do some odd things.
Do I have to do them too? No. Your participation in the hash is completely voluntary. You don't have to do ANYTHING you don't want to.
I want to be a hare. What do I do?
Send an email to . Now. Why are you waiting...?
Haring can be great fun. You should do at least five trails to see what hashing is about and get an idea of what makes a good trail. You will probably be recruited to hare long before you think you are ready, but a good co-hare can show the tricks of the trail so everyone has fun.