About the Hash

The Ben Franklin Mob Hash House Harriers (BFMH3) is a Philadelphia-based chapter of the Hash House Harriers, a drinking club with a running problem which exists literally all over the world. For a quick shot of Hash House Harrier history, go here. We run, following a trail marked by one among us, every Thursday night somewhere in the City of Philadelphia. The person who marks the trail is the “hare,” and the people who follow the trail are the “harriers.” The hare marks trail with colored flour, chalk, or some other biodegradable and harmless substance. We choose the hare each week by drawing straws, which we get from the bar where we meet. Each week the bar is different, and usually so isthe hare. After drawing the short straw, the hare gets a five-minute head start. Then the chase begins. Whoever catches the hare becomes the new hare, and the chase begins anew. Hares avoid capture by laying trail that is tricky to follow, making the chase all the more fun. Usually we run about forty-five minutes and cover approximately four miles, unless the hare is particularly lazy. The run ends at the bar where it began. We begin and end each run at a bar because we like beer. We also like running. We’re not competitive about running, though some of us are competitive runners. We’re not competitive about drinking beer either, though many of us are better at that than at running. At the bar we “circle up” for a while, sing bawdy songs, and cause a general ruckus, all in aid of the fight against sobriety. And the evening takes us where it will. If you like to run and to drink, then come out and join us. Nothing is required except sneakers, an intact liver, and the inability to take yourself too seriously – and $8 for beer. Sooner or later everyone who has run or “hashed” with us is given a “hash name,” usually for something they did that is notably stupid, and sometimes for no good reason at all. It’s all in fun, and it’s all a lot of fun. See you Thursday night!

13 Responses to “About the Hash”

  1. Tom says:

    We are glad to invite you to participate in the 2010 Leprechaun Run.


    We hope your club can make it! Thanks.

    WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 2007

    Registration from 7:45 a.m. until 8:55 a.m.

    Runners start at 9:00 a.m.

    Walkers start at 9:02 a.m.

    WHERE: Martin Luther King Drive (formerly West River Drive)

    At the Art Museum

    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=281236396652

    Online Registration: http://www.leprechaunrun.webs.com/

  2. Tammi regan says:

    How do I join the club?

  3. el douché baguette says:

    there is an extortionate admission fee you must pay after getting personal recommendations by five people who have been members in good standing for at least ten years. then you must climb a free-standing greased pole that is eleven feet tall and you must reach the top of the pole before it falls over. and you must supply the pole. then your application is referred to a board for review. the board will notify you of its decision via homing pigeon. it behooves you now to begin raising and training homing pigeons so that you can learn of the board’s decision asap.

  4. Rear Engineer says:


    Seriously though, just show up on thursday at 7:30 where the website says.

  5. RedRaider says:

    Holy Crap!!!!! I’ve been looking for this my entire life . . . beer and running . . . kick ass . . . . running the The Krista Griesacker Memorial Adventure Race this weekend, will shoot to make it next Thu! Wooooooo Hooooo!

  6. Zack Newmyer says:

    Mary !It’s great to have’ you on this side..i wish i could have seen you…Vous aussi, vous êtes une source d’inspiration.

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  8. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but
    I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand.
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  9. I am writing to invite you to participate in The Zombie Mud Run, Sept. 22, in Sinking Spring, PA, near Reading PA. Register at: http://www.thezombiemudrun.com. You can register as a Human or a Zombie. This is a new event, the first of its kind in the Philly region. Beer will be available!

  10. Stephanie says:

    When is the next hash? I’m assuming no one’s running at the tailgate…

  11. FriendsINHP says:

    You guys are just the right group to run in our upcoming 5K run! It is a fun run that will test your endurance while also having a good time. On June 8th we are hosting the Founding Fathers’ 5K Run and Family Friendly Walk! Our course will include Independence Mall and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Below is the link for more information! We hope you can join us!!! Oh and did we forget to mention that Benjamin Franklin will be there…. your club can take a picture with him!

  12. Bubble Boner says:

    Hi Philly Mob Hash! California Larrikin from San Diego here. Going to be downtown on Thursday 7/11/13 with another fellow hasher. We are hoping trail will be close to us in Old City. Also able to help! Let us know! On On!

  13. K9 jelly says:

    Will be in town for the week dec8-13.
    Let me know about any trails!

    On on
    K9 jelly

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