Important update: postponement
Due to ongoing restrictions on travel and quarantine measures the Kunming and Chenggong Hash committees have decided to postpone the Southwest China Hash until the weekend of Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14. Please contact the organization about the new program. Contact details can be found below. On on!
What is the Hash?
The Hash House Harriers (H3) is an international group of non-competitive running social clubs, started in Malaysia in 1938 by a group of British colonial officers and expatriates. Events are organized by individual clubs and participants are called 'Hashers'. The person leading the trail is called the 'Hare'.
Currently, there are over 2,000 Hash chapters throughout the world with members organizing frequent regional and international events. Kunming has two chapters: Kunming and Chenggong. They often organizing Hashes together — usually starting on Saturday afternoon, ending with a dinner, but often continuing until Sunday morning in one of Kunming's watering holes.
The Hashers sometimes call themselves the 'drinkers with a running problem', as drinking can be a big part of the Hash, but it is by no means obligatory to get sozzled. The main objectives are to enjoy a hike or a run in the hills surrounding Kunming or in the urban areas of Kunming, to get to know new people and to have a great time.
Special events such as the annual Red Dress Run — aimed at raising funds for charity — are organized on a regular basis. Larger Hashes where other chapters are invited are also organized, providing an opportunity to mingle with other Hashers from across the country or even the world.
Southwest China Hash
The Kunming and Chenggong H3 chapters have been busy with preparing a three day Southwest China Hash — the second iteration of the Southwest China Hash and the biggest Hash in Yunnan to date.
Before the Covid-19 epidemic threw a spanner in the works the plan was to have a three day Hash, spread out over the Tombsweeping Festival (Qingming) long weekend, running from Saturday April 4 through Monday April 6. Considering the easing of measures aimed at containing the virus and the gradual resumption of transport and business across Yunnan, the Kunming and Chenggong H3 chapters have decided to go through with the event — albeit adapted to the situation, meaning no large gatherings as is customary during the Hash.
Hashers from all over China and abroad have already signed up, to partake in multiple Hashes spread out over the weekend, interspersed with dinners and drinks at different establishments across town. The program is aimed at showing off our city — Kunming after all offers excellent scenery, clean air and great food to be had after a long day of traipsing through the hills, accompanied by fresh brews from our local beer breweries.
The Kunming and Chenggong H3 committees will continue to review the Covid-19 situation and amend the program as necessary. It will likely be a two-day event — to accommodate those who will not have a long Tombsweeping Festival weekend this year, as many people will have to compensate for the involuntarily extended Spring Festival holiday. Keep an eye on the calendar, for updates with regards to the Southwest China Hash.
Contact Justin for more information and signing up: Wechat R0166608974
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