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ABOUT THE HASH


The history review of the Hash House Harries (HHH or Hash) is a running club date back to mid-19th Century in the United Kingdom. For runners, harrier Clubs are synonymous with other running clubs e.g. Crowborough Runners, Egdon Heath Harriers etc. These club tend to be more serious running clubs that focus on preparation for races and have spread all over the world. The Hash House harriers is a less competitive offshoot club originated from that same vein when a group of restive British company men started a hare & hounds running group in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1938. They named the group after their meeting place, the Selangor Club, aka the "Hash House." Hash House Harrier runs were patterned on a subtle twist by combining adult running with a common children’s game called paper chase which was a traditional British public-school game.

Alberto Esteban Ignacio Gispert, known to his friends as "G" is credited as the original founder of the Hash House Harriers (a.k.a. Mother Hash), along with Frederick "Horse" Thomson, Ronald "Torch" Bennett, Eric Galvin, H.M. Doig, Morris Edgar, John Barret, and Cecil Lee. Mother hash celebrated run # 100 on 15 Aug 1941, and had run a total of 117 runs, Hashing died during World War II (Japanese Empire occupying forces being notoriously opposed to civilian fun in 12 Dec 1941), but came back to life in the post-war years in Aug 1946, as the world recovered from the war, spreading slowly through Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand, then exploding in popularity in the late 70s and early 80s. It was believed that the actual second oldest hash club was started in 1947 in the Italian Riviera, and was called the Bordighera H3.

The first validated branch club was formed in 1962 in Singapore, and has been dubbed "Father Hash." After the hash appeared in Singapore, it was not long before several others started in Borneo including Brunei and Kuching. By 1965 the first 10 clubs existed, and by the mid 1970's there were nearly 50 clubs in as many as 14 countries. Clubs have continued to form (and fold) in the years since, and while an exact count is nearly impossible, there are approximately 2000 active hash clubs running in nearly every country on earth (exceptions currently include North Korea, San Marino, Monaco, Iran, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, and a handful of others). The Hash Genealogy project has a historical listing of all known hash clubs. Contacts for currently active HHH clubs around the world are maintained by a small group of regional webmasters.

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.

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