Hash House Harriers
A drinking club with a running problem
Welcome to FUCH3!
The Hash House Harriers is a group formed back in the 30’s, which has since spread like herpes to nearly every major city and is now known worldwide as the drinking club with a running problem. HHH is to Hare and Hounds as Cards Against Humanity is to Apples To Apples. If the thought of an activity that combines drinking, exercise, and dirty humor gets you all hot and bothered, this is the group for you.
A Bit about Us
The FUCH3rs are dedicated not to the long trails, cold wind, and flat terrain of central Illinois, but to drinking, singing, and searching trails for shiggy! Most of our trails start and finish at a bar in Champaign or Urbana, but sometimes it'll be at a park or someone's house. Please be prepared for running and standing outdoors in whatever weather exists that day. Bring enough clothing to not get cold or arrested, old running shoes, an ID, and the hash cash for the day - usually $7, but virgins (first-timers) Hash for free! We aren't in the business of giving alcohol to minors, so please don't put us in the position of saying no.
The first time you come to a hash look for a bunch of runners at the bar and introduce yourself, we're all friendly. Our events start with a good amount of standing, drinking, and complaining about how shitty the last trail was and how horrible today's will be (the trail starts 30 minutes after the posted start time). After a quick introduction of our fellow hashers and the symbols of the trail (called the "Chalk Talk") we'll run to the Beer* Checks, then on to the Circle. In the Circle we'll discuss the trail, call out misbehavior, and drink more beer*. The whole event can take 2-4+ hours depending on the trail and how drunk Lone Wanker is during Circle.
* We almost always have hard cider and water available as well.
What we do
A group of runners embark on a trail (generally 3-5 miles) chasing the Hares who have run ahead and laid the trail. It is marked by various chalk or flour symbols - some guide you, some throw you off, and some are just there for fun (e.g. swap an item of clothing with another hasher to proceed). Hashers use teamwork to find the True Trail and ultimately, the beer at the end of the trail. There are also Beer Checks dispersed along the way where everybody regroups entirely for a short break with liquid refreshments (usually beer, hard cider, and water). The Hash ends with a final gathering, which includes drinking and shaming each other with hilariously awful/disgusting hash songs. The trails are designed to keep everybody pretty close together (the frontrunners will end up running a bunch of false trails and marking the right way for slower runners/walkers). So don't worry about not being able to keep up.
When we do it
We hash on most Saturdays at 4:00pm (summer) or 2:00pm (winter), as well as the Thursday night closest to the full moon at 7:00pm (the following Saturday is usually an off day). The days/times are generally posted as Facebook and Meetup events at the start of each month. The trail starts 30 minutes after the posted start time.
During warmer months, we also have a "Bash" (hash on bikes) on the Sunday following our Full Moon Hash, which starts late morning/early afternoon and ends with mimosas/brunch.
Who we are
A very fun group of men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Some run the trails, some walk. We span the spectrum from walkers to ultramarathoners and everything in between. All 21+ are welcome. We are tolerant of everyone, and do not allow harassment, racism, sexism, ageism, or any form of discrimination. However, a bit of playful hazing can be expected.
What you should know before coming to a Hash:
Hashers have a vulgar sense of humor, and we wear it on our sleeves during hashes. Expect to experience R-rated drinking songs, rude gestures, dirty language, lots of innuendo, and possibly even nudity, all in the name of fun and laughter. If you're easily offended, this group probably isn’t for you. If you love Cards Against Humanity, for example, you'll fit right in.
This group is not for everybody, so be sure to check out our Hash FAQ page to make sure hashing is right for you.