Older runners don’t die—they just go to the dogs. If you believe that runners are just too focused or hard core for you, check to see if there’s a local Hash House Harriers “kennel” near you. Drinking beer is mandatory.
The Hash House Harriers are an international group of non-competitive runners with an emphasis on fun. They have over 1700 groups all over the globe, each group designated as a “kennel.” These kennels consist of between 20 and 100 like-minded individuals who all agree that a workout should be as fun as it is challenging. The kennels hold races throughout the year. Each race is called a “hash.” The “hare,” or first runner to begin the race, will mark the trail for the “harriers” to follow. Along the course there will be “beer checks,” where runners can stop for a variety of refreshments. At the end of the run there is a celebration held in the winner’s name, usually to take place at a local pub. Here are the tenents from their constitution, which states:
We the Hash House Harriers are hereby assembled:
To promote physical fitness among our members
To get rid of weekend 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
From the smiles on their faces, it’s clear that the Hash House Harriers have figured out that a good run, a good beer, and a good laugh is the key to keeping in shape.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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