Article by Indiana Bones
After a long hiatus due to lockdowns and the weather, Xi’an Hash House Harriers have been out and about again drawing strange marks and scaring the locals (but not too much). The Hash House Harrier are a drinking club with a running problem, the first Hash run in China started from the Australian Embassy on the 9th of July 1979. Since then the Hash in Beijing has done over 2000 runs
Although the hash in Xi’an has a shorter history, being founded in 1995, it is still soldiering on. An out of town run was held on the 10th of April along the Jue River 潏河 to Xianji Si 香积寺. An unplanned encounter with a flock of goats (don’t ask) meant that the hash didn’t make it all the way to the temple. A second in town run was held on the 18th from Beida Jie cutting across Huimin Qu before circling the walls to Guanghan Gate.
What is the Hash House Harriers?
If at this point you have no idea what I am referring to then it would appear that you have had the (mis)fortune of never having run into the HHH before. The origins of Hashing (捷途) are lost in the mists of history, but the HHH now has chapters throughout the world. The aim of the event is to drink beer and follow a trail which a fellow hasher (the hare) has set for everyone else to (attempt) to follow. The hash represents a great opportunity to meet people and see new parts of the city, or even see parts of the city you thought you knew well from a completely different angle.
HHH is an equal opportunity club and open to people of all ages and levels of fitness. There are two trails usually consisting of three or more legs punctuated by ‘beer stops’. The walking trail is usually 4-6 km long while the running trail is around 10 -12 km (more if you lose the trail). Look forward to seeing you on trail! On! On!
The Hash will be running again on the 8th of May and the 22nd of May.