Welcome to Cuena Alpacas, Ecuador's only active Hash House Harriers group. We meet twice a month for Hash runs, once on the night of the first full moon of the month at 7 p.m., and then about two weeks later for a Saturday Happy Hour Hash.
WE ARE GOING FOR IT! A POST CURFEW-ERA HASH. JUNE 20, 3-9 P.M., AT LA YUNTA'S NEW LOCATION. BRING $5 HASH CASH AND CONSIDER BRINGING YOUR OWN BEER, OR IT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SITE. FOOD AVAILABLE TO ORDER AS WELL. IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SETTING A TRAIL, CONTACT RICK ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE (LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE), TRAINING STARTS AROUND 1 P.M. CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR A MAP TO LA YUNTA.
Hashing is a crazy mix of running, orienteering, singing, drinking (you don't have to but it helps!), socializing and fun.
The tradition goes back to December 1938 in what is now Malaysia. A group of British colonial officers and expats began meeting regularly for fun runs, in part based on the game of "paper chase" or "hare and hounds" runs.
As things like this do, the idea grew. And of course there were "rules" and objectives. Among them:
It's pretty simple really, so there are many confusing rules and rituals none of us may ever fully understand. The only thing to remember is to have fun. At the start of a Hash, "Hares" go out and lay a convoluted trail with some type of marking, generally flour. There are false trails, double-backs, miscues, and all kinds of foolishness. We run, walk, or crawl through the gorgeous streets of Cuenca (perhaps stopping for a cold one along the way) and finish back at the pub. There, we down pints, exchange lies, sing (perhaps PG-13 versions) songs, and perform all manner of pointless rituals. Come one, come all.
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Singing bawdy songs, repeating nonsensical rituals, and generally having a roaring good time is all part of the Hashing tradition. Here are a few sites for examples of some of the Tom (and Jane) foolery you'll enjoy. Or at least put up with.
Download a PDF of songs here. (Thanks to the Rotten Groton Hash House Harriers)
Harrier Net has another collection of songs we've learned at our mother's knee (and other low joints).
And if you're more into video, here's a nice little primer (probably NSFW ... who are we kidding, definitely NSFW.)