The Hash

What is the hash?

The Hash House Harriers (abbreviated to HHH, H3, or referred to simply as Hashing) is an international group of non-competitive running, social and drinking clubs. An event organized by a club is known as a Hash or Hash Run, with participants calling themselves Hashers. Hash kennels (clubs) commonly refer to themselves as a “drinking club with a running problem”, but the good thing is that you don’t have to do either: we have a lot of non-runners and non-drinkers who have been with us for years.

Hash history

Hash running is not really a sport, but more a social activity. Globally, it dates back to the colonial days in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 1938, where a group of men where concerned about their health from their sedentary lifestyle and decided to offset its effects by exercising.
One member of the group would head out and lay a trail made of paper or flower or chalk marks, and a little later the others would give chase, following the trail. The trail layer, known as a hare would deliberately set check points and false trails to put off the chasing pack, known as hounds. An average run would take about 45 minutes and cover 6-8 kilometers. The whole activity is akin to the way dogs would chase rabbits in the manors of the English countryside in the hunt. A horn is used by a known front runner to identify when the correct trail is found and a set of cow bells for slower runners at the back. When the correct trail is found the cry of “On on” can be heard from the pack. At the end, the ritual of the circle is conducted during which time sinners and dogooders alike are honoured for their contribution and awarded a “down down”, the ganbei drinking of a beer. In modern times, worldwide, there are now over 4,000 clubs known as kennels in major cities of most countries.

Each year there are area events in regional and continental centers and a world event once every 2 years, similar to the Olympics. As mentioned before, running is only part of the event and the drinking of beer and certain other rituals thereafter are equally if not more important as a social element to reward the participants after the exertion of the running.

The Panda Hash

One of the bastard children of the mother hash is the Chengdu Panda Hash kennel. The CPH3 was founded by Alan ‘Spermwhale’ & Lyra ‘Mashed Potato’ Brooks, Desi ‘Fire Cracker’ & Thomas ‘Sticky Fingers’ Downey on 27th July 1997. Some three hundred plus runs and then more than 1,000 people later, we have successfully hauled our butts all around Sichuan and byond. Today the average pack consists of around 40-60 participants, mainly local Chinese people and a few foreigners. Anyone and everyone is welcome regardless of age, sex, origin, or athletic ability. Occasionally there are special events including more elaborate entertainment programmes.

Departing from the Renmin South and Tongzilin roads intersection every other Sunday at 2pm, CPH3 travels by party bus to the start of run. See our calendar at the top of the page for our next run.

More information is available from our website, i.e.

–> here for reports or

–> here for guides or

–> here for songs

Want to join us? Meet us at the Hash! Don’t like waiting? Send us an email:
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