Frequently Asked Questions



What is hashing?
Do I need to be a good runner to hash?
How far do you typically run?
How do I join?
What happens if I get lost?
What is a 'live' and 'dead' trail?
What do you do after the run?
What should I know before I join?



What is hashing?

Simply put, running for beer. We are a 'Drinking club with a running problem'. Our kennel (what hashers call their unorganized, mismanaged local groups) does significantly more drinking than running.

Ok. Now concentrate. This is a slightly more complicated explenation, and it's easy to get lost. We gather at a designated time and place. Sometimes we start drinking beer before we run. This we call 'pre-lubing'. The hares (those that set the trail) will set either a live or dead trail. That trail will include several types of marks. The hares try and throw us off, confuse us, piss us off and lead us to beer. Each mark has a different meaning. We, as a pack (what we call everyone except the hares), will run and try and find these marks. Got it so far? Ok. So, while we're running we may, or may not, run accross beer that we may, or may not, drink. Thsi may, or may not, happen several times durring the run. Lost yet? I am... So, once the run is done, we end in what we call 'circle' for the 'closing ceremonies'. Here you will atone for your drinkable infractions. Did I mention, there's more beer?

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Do I need to be a good runner to hash?

No. We have a wide range of running and walking abilities represented in our group. We have some world-class marathoners who run with us as well as folks who walk. Most of us fall somewhere in between. You can choose to run as much or as little as you like. The hash is really more about being outdoors and socializing.

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How far do you typically run?

The typical hash length is between three to five miles, with beverage checks along the way.

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How do I join?

The Greater Lansing Hash House Harriers is a laid back and welcoming group. You simply show up. Trail marks and other hash “rules” are always explained before the run starts. (The first “rule” is that, well, we don't really know the rules because they change at every run.)

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What happens if I get lost?

Rest assured, we watch out for one another, especially new arrivals. If you stray off trail, we’ll find you.

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What is a 'live' and 'dead' trail?

GLH3 uses primarily a 'dead' trail. That is, it is set completely ahead of time. All trail marks are laid before the run begins. 'Live' trail is set as we are running. The hare will ask us for X number of minutes of a head start. After that time, the pack will begin running, in an attempt to catch the hare. (At which point someone will lose their britches!.)

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What do you do after the run?

The “On-After” follows the run. We typically meet at a bar, restaurant or someone’s house. During the On-After there are “ceremonies” where the hare, new members, and anyone who did something notable (or really stupid) during the r*n drink a beer (or other beverage) while the rest of us sing bawdy songs. People often ask if there is an initiation for first time hashers. The ceremonies are as close as we get.

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What should I know before I join?

#1 - We are a cooperative run and we run for the social experience. Not to show off or win.
#2 - Wear comfortable shoes and running cloths. We don't want to hear you whining.
#3 - Check the weather. We run, rain or shine or snow or as long as the beer is set. Be ready for it.
#4 - Rules change. Not always in your favor.

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