Subject: Hash House Harriers
Debbie, that was a pretty accurate description of the Hash House Harriers (HHH). Rather than call themselves runners who meet to run and drink beer, they prefer to describe themselves as drinkers with a running problem. Yes, they are usually very social people - in fact, often party animals, although some chapters are more serious (and some are VERY rowdy and crude!).

The HHH was formed in 1930 in Malaysia by a group of Brits, and now there are chapters all over the world. Hashers, as they are called, are often given a hash name (mine is Banana Grabber) and are usually referred to by their hash name. Hashes are held regularly - here in Mexico City, it's usually once every 3 or 4 weeks. There are hash T-shirts, and in some chapters they have other items too.

Every 2 years an international hash is held, each time in a different part of the world (the last one was held in Australia in 2000). The Mexico City hashers also have what's known as a Tequila Invasion whereby they meet up somewhere in the world once a year.

If you're interested in more information, check out the World HHH home page at Read the interhashes link and find out what a down-down is. Down-downs are accompanied by hash songs, although many are pretty crude. A hare (mentioned in those pages) is the person who sets the trail for the run (and the walk).

If you're not into running or drinking beer, you can do like me - I go purely for the social aspect and the fun. Banana Grabber in Mexico City (formerly from Rome)