What is Qingdao Hash House Harriers?
The Qingdao Hash House Harriers are a chapter of world-wide phenomenon The Hash House Harriers, a loose running group also known as the “Drinkers with a running problem”. Hashing originated in December 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British game of “Hare and Hounds” or paper chase, to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. The original members included Albert Stephen (A.S.) Ignatius “G” Gispert, Cecil Lee, Frederick “Horse” Thomson, Ronald “Torch” Bennett and John Woodrow. A. S. Gispert is recognized as the Father of Hashing, and All-Around Grand Master-Hasher.
What’s the aim of the Hash House Harriers group?
From a card of the Mother Hash – Kuala Lumpur in the 50’s
- To promote physical fitness among our members
- To get rid of hangovers
- To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer
- To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
Here in Qingdao, every week the Qingdao Hash House Harriers jog, walk, crawl and run a 60 to 90 minute fun run. They follow a trail marked with flour laid out by “hares” which ends at a “Down Down” circle. In Summer, they also embark on monthly “Hash Run Specials” – an out of town run, in the countryside, gone for the whole day, enjoying the beauty and ruggedness of Mother Nature. The cost for weekly regular runs is between 10-20 RMB and for out of town special runs is between 50-70 RMB that includes all the beer you care to drink, water and transportation.
What: Running outdoors. Always in different parts of Qingdao.
When: Every week on Saturday. For exact details please initiate contact.
Where: Meet at 2PM in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, or as specified in the details.
Who: Open for anyone!