HHH History

This video might (but probably won’t) explain the hash.

The Hash House Harriers were formed originally in 1938 by a group of British colonial officers and ex-pats in Kuala Lumpur.  After the weekend, the group would meet on Mondays to get some exercise and shake off their hangovers from the weekend.  The style of the run followed traditional paper chases or ‘hare and hounds’. The Hash House Harriers name stemmed from the nickname of the Selangor Club Annex which was famed for its monotonous food.

The objectives of the original HHH club are as follows:

  • 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

These objectives have remained true and the hash has spread throughout the world with every major city hosting at least one kennel and many hosting runs on a weekly basis. Here in Chiang Mai we have 3 weekly hashes, 2 mixed hashes and one male hash, so you can run at least 3 times a week in Chiang Mai. The ladies have 2 monthly hashes,

Hashing started in Chiang Mai with the CH3, following the traditions of the original hashes by running on Monday evenings but only for men. The CH3 has continued for over 30 years, and in 1991 the CSH3 began as a mixed hash running on Saturdays for both men and ladies. For various reasons as numbers swelled the Happy Hash (CH4) began on a Saturday, then Sunday, and now Thursday. Plenty of choices and plenty of hashing! In 2006  Chiang Mai was proud to host the Interhash attracting runners from throughout the world.