What is New Haven H3 (Poison Ivy League)?
The New Haven Hash House Harriers (NH4) is notorious for its annual Hashmat Hash, commemorating the events of August 23, 2007, its founding year. On that date, kennel co-founder Dr. Gonad was cuffed and stuffed by the local constabulary after his shitty trail markings caused a bioterrorism scare. Dr. G has sensibly fled the country, but the New Haven Poison Ivy League kennel of the International Hash House Harriers lives on, with regular runs scheduled on Saturdays at 3 p.m.
What is the Hash House Harriers?
The Hash House Harriers (H3) is a “drinking club with a running problem” — or, more specifically, an international group of noncompetitive running clubs that enjoy socialization and drinking before, during and after their runs.
Hashing originated in 1938 among bored British colonials in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in an effort to promote fitness and rid themselves of the excesses of the previous evening. The concept caught on, and an estimated 2,000 hashing clubs (or “kennels”) now exist in 185 countries.
A hash is modeled after an old-fashioned British paper chase. One hasher, designated as a “hare,” marks out a trail using chalk or flour, usually setting false trails and obstacles along the way. Fellow hashers, known as the “pack,” follow the hare’s trail, which traditionally leads to beer. There are many variations on this theme, from urban hashes that are essentially running (or stumbling) pub crawls, to rural hashes that more closely resemble orienteering. Some hashes are “family friendly,” while others are thinly disguised excuses for drunken orgies. New Haven H3 hashes tend to fall somewhere between those two extremes.
Do you have to be a runner?
No. If you can walk, stumble, crawl or otherwise perambulate in some fashion, you’re qualified to be a hasher. In fact, even if you can’t do any of those things, we’ll find a use for you.
Do you have to drink?
Yes. The human body requires about 60 ounces of water per day. Many hashers prefer beer. However, drinking non-alcoholic beverages is perfectly acceptable hashing behavior.
What are hashing “hymns”?
Singing is deeply rooted in the hashing tradition, and it is rare to end a hash without a round of rousing hashing “hymns”. Many of these are traditional or popular songs with … umm … somewhat altered lyrics, ranging from the merely suggestive to potty humor. For a sampling, click here.