Penticton H3 Shiggy Dusters
The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated H3) is an international group of social, non-competitive running and drinking clubs.
Founded in September 2008, the Shiggy Dusters is a drinking club with a running problem. The Penticton Hash House Harriers strive to uphold the charter of the 1938 charter of the Kuala Lumpur Hash House Harriers:
- To promote physical fitness among our members
- To get rid of weekend hangovers
- To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
- To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they might feel
More On Hashing:
The template for a hash run is loosely based on hare hunting. One or more hashers (the “hares”) lay out a running trail that the rest of the club follows. The trail may include false trails, short cuts, breaks for re-grouping, and various checks. These features are designed to keep the pack together regardless of fitness levels or running speed.
The organization of the Hash House Harriers is decentralized, with each chapter (also called kennels) locally mis-managed and with no higher-level organizational hierarchy. There are more than 1700 kennels with at least one Hash in most major cities in the world.
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 running group. They named the group after their meeting place, the Selangor Club, aka the “Hash House.” Hash House Harrier runs 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, 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.
Despite its growth, hashing hasn’t strayed far from its British and Malaysian roots. A typical hash “kennel” is a loosely-organized group of 20-40 men and women who meet weekly or biweekly to chase the hare. We follow chalk, flour, or paper, and the trails are never boring. When forced to, we’ll run the occasional street or alley, but in general we prefer shiggy . . . fields, forests, jungles, swamps, streams, fences, storm drains, and cliffs. And although some of today’s health-conscious hashers may shun a cold beer in favor of water or a diet soda, trail’s end is still a party. Perhaps that’s why they call us the “drinking club with a running problem!”
So . . . if you’d like to spice up your running program with fun, good company, new surroundings, and physical challenge, try hashing. Just remember one thing . . . never wear new shoes or race shirts to the hash!(credit to half-mind.com for historical info)