Hash House Harriers is an international “running” organization that generally has groups in cities all across the world. Please note, Hash House Harriers has no affiliation, in any way, with the negative definition of “hash” often used in drug terms. Without getting into much detail at this point in the project, this group partakes in trail runs/walks where an individual takes-off 10-15 minutes ahead of the group to leave a trail of flour—yes, household flour. The rest of the group is supposed then track that first runner, or Hare, throughout some area. This area could be through the jungle, forest, city, etc. Trails typically last 3-5 miles and generally take 1-hour to complete. Once completing the trail, the group reconvenes to drink beer (though not everyone drinks), eat snacks (sometimes dinner), and tell news/jokes/stories that poke fun each of the running members.\

After completing a dozen runs or so, some members have the opportunity to create Hash trails of their own. This is often a difficult task if the person has no knowledge of area or is unfamiliar with the running/walking capabilities of the group. The goal is to fit the trail to a “goldilocks level” so that everyone interested can finish the trail. The step-by-step guide will provide some useful tips to follow when designing a course. This topic was chosen for its uniqueness, and from personal experience. Target audience will be people that do not take things too seriously.

Step 1: Chalk Talk

As the Hare, you need to be very familiar with the symbols (made with flour) of your Hash group. Each group is going to have their own twist on the symbols or even have more of them. This picture covers the basic markings for a typical Hash Run worldwide. Each symbol will serve a particular purpose on the trail you create. You must use either flour or chalk to mark your trail, depending on the type of terrain you are on. In rainy whether, it helps to mix at little tapioca with the flour to provide stickiness and substance to avoid wash-off.

The marks you need to know for laying your trail are the following:

On On: You will make this mark with flour as you run along your route, about every 30-50 feet*.

Dead Trail: You will make this mark at the end of the false trail you have just laid after the “Which Way”.

Check: You will make this mark when you want your runners to track your trail. After the “Check,” you can start the “On On” marking as soon as you have reached 300 feet* away from the “Check.”

Which Way: This is a good mark to use for laying false trails

• You’ve Been Fooled: If you are really in a clever and evil mood, you will make this mark at the end of a false trail after a very long distance.

• On Home: You will make this mark when you are within 300 feet* of your final destination.

*= this distance is from the birds eye view

Thanks for the educative post! I had no idea about Hash House running.

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