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Hash House Harriers: The Other Beer Sport


Athletic drinking: perhaps you thought you were alone, beer pong fans, but hark! a “drinking group with a running problem”. What?!? Sounds too good to be true. But across the globe the Hash House Harriers, or H3, are out in full force. They’re like fraternities/sororities of silliness and fitness for adults of all kinds. The Constitution, dating back to 1950, states the group is meant to, “promote physical fitness among our members, to get rid of weekend hangovers, to acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer.” And the Nobel goes to…

The ratio of exercise to drinking varies from chapter to chapter; most chapters have both runners and walkers.The level of social acceptability also varies; some are family friendly while others go out of their way to be as lewd or politically incorrect as possible.

Seems like this could get out of hand really fast but there’s a method to the madness. Each chapter has their own traditions but generally once a week one member, or hare, sets a trail with chalk or flour with different signs or markings signifying a false trail, a backtrack, a shortcut, or a turn. In addition to the tricks, several types of “checks” are also used- most commonly a beer check- to keep the hound–the other members–together by slowing down front runners and giving everyone a chance to regroup and socialize. Among the popular jargon between hashers the most common phrase- and perhaps most important- is “On-on!” shouted to let other members of the hound know they are still on the trail.

Want to join a hash? Look up your local group! Don’t be intimidated: all the local traditions and markings will be explained to you at the “chalk talk” before the hash. But do beware of the “down-down” used for both positive and negative recognition of a hasher requiring the member in question to finish the entire remaining contents of his/her beverage without interruption or else it will be poured on your head. But you beer pong lovers can handle that, right? So go work off that beer gut with the Hash House Harriers and invite your hound back to your place for some beer pong afterwards.

Posted 7 years ago at 11:15 am.

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Don’t Drink Alone, Go Out and Play! Social Game Leagues Offer Beer Lovers a Great Chance To Show Their Skills.

Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Drunk Ball, and many other drinking games are expanding their reach. They remain an excellent past-time for friends gathered to enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie and are, of course, a staple of parties nation-wide. But a rising demand for organized venues by people who are tired of beating, or losing-to, the same crowd has motivated social sports leagues to expand their offerings.

In many areas flag-football and dodge ball leagues have begun offering bar leagues. These organized drinking game leagues team up with local venues. Some bars have the facilities already set up for games such as shuffleboard, candlepin, or indoor bocci. Others don’t have the facilities full time, but are more than willing to allow a league to set up portable beer pong tables on a week night in exchange for the money made from the league buying beer.

The benefits of participating in a beer pong league (or any other drinking game of choice) are all about fun. You meet new people, witness new techniques, and possibly drink new beers. And the people are the kind you want to spend time with, after-all they also put in the effort to find and join a beer pong league. But just as important, you have a scheduled time to write on your calendar “I am having fun now!”

So, if meeting new people and showing them your beer pong skills sounds like a worthwhile pursuit the next step is to find, or form, a league in your area. Because leagues are less likely to succeed if there are too many in one area, start with a general search; “Social Game League (insert location)” will likely turn up anything already in your area. Looks like the local league is still limited to flag football? Give them a call before you give up, they may have it and suck at advertising. Check offline, as many meetings of Beer Pong Leagues are listed in the social section of a local paper. And if that doesn’t work, take your own table to the local bars and find a location to get one going.

Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 9:19 am.

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