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Hashing is social running that emphasizes
fun (beer) more than competition. Our goal is pretty simple - get a little exercise, drink some beer, give
each other a hard time, and bitch about stuff with four-letter words.
At one of our fine hashes, you can expect to find a somewhat challenging cross-country trail, which will be
marked in biodegradable flour - you know, the stuff Grandma uses to make cookies. You follow this fine trail
through all sorts of slop, muck and prickly-briar-filled bushes for four to five miles until you get to the end.
Why, you might ask, would anyone do this?
Simple Answer - BEER. The Complicated Answer - More beer! (We like beer, the people who make beer, and the
people who like to drink beer.)
Yep - heaps of beer. All waiting for you... Sounds good, doesn't it? Follow the links under "Vegas Hashes" on
the left to learn more about the hashes currently operating in Las Vegas—when they meet, what sorts of
trails they run, etc. Check out the Calendar or the Hareline to see who's running when.
Questions? Email somebody who cares!
For First Responders & HAZMAT:
Please feel free to pass on as you see fit to other public safety officials.
Synopsis: Brief description of running club "hash runs" and use of white powder to mark
routes during these runs.
Details: Local law enforcement and Hazardous Material Response Teams have received calls
concerning a white powder substance that has been found on streets of some cities in significant
amounts. The powder has been determined to be flour and is being left by running groups to
mark a running course.
These runs are referred to as “hash runs” and are popular throughout the United States.
Several cities have these groups and there is no overseeing organization that regulates
their activity nationally. Individual cities may have several groups and there is generally
no set routine for the course being run. The organizers mark the course using piles or lines
of flour. Runs can occur any time of the week at any time of the day or night.
Public awareness and a concern for safety have prompted several calls to local law enforcement
agencies regarding this unidentified powder (flour). Recent calls have occurred in Washington
D.C. and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The associated response to determine the nature of the
powder diverts law enforcement/fire resources and time away from legitimate concerns.