Why should you be a hare?
BHHH+ is not a real organization, but just a group of people having fun. The burden of setting runs should therefore be shared by all of us, so that it’s not always the same people that set the runs.
You will get gratitude and great respect for being a hare! Also, you usually cannot get a hash name if you have never been a hare. Having a hash name earns you even more respect! With a hash name, you can join any hash group in the world (and there are a lot!).
You will have fun setting the run and you will learn more of the countryside around Bandung. Also, as a hare, you do not have to pay the run fee (maximum two hares per run).
In keeping with the original intentions of the hash, there are no rules on the hash. However, some guidelines are necessary to create a social and healthy run that will be enjoyed by everyone.
So, to be a good hare, please pay attention to the following guidelines:
- General guidelines
- Finding a run site
- Finding a trail
- Preparing your run
- Setting your run (laying the paper)
- What you must do on the day of your run
1. General guidelines
- Please coordinate with the Hare Raiser (at the moment: Frank) to sign up for a run. The schedule is often filled a few weeks in advance, so plan ahead if you want to reserve a certain date.
- Virgin hares (first time hares) must have an experienced co-hare to help set a proper run. Ask the Master (Frank), other hashers or the Hare Raiser to help you find a suitable co-hare.
- Don’t worry about trying to lay the perfect trail – there really isn’t such thing. Something unforeseen will normally, generally, usually go wrong. Just try your best and your run will be a success. Accept your down-down with humility.
- There are infinite variations, such as a point-to-point run (where you end at a different place than where you started from), a live hare (where the hare sets the run just before the harriers set off and tries to keep ahead of them), a volcano run, a costume run, a ladies run, a charity run, a full moon run, a river run, an extra long run, etc. This is simply a guide to the basics.
- A note about combining the hash with a party. Often, hares want to invite non-hashers to their house or combine the run with a party. This is great and no problem at all, but there is one thing you should be aware of: all runners and everyone who joins the circle or takes drinks from the buckets must pay the run fee. It is okay to invite non-hashers to your party, but in that case, they may not drink from the drinks provided by the hash cash. Click here to know how much beer will be paid for by Hash Cash, and how to go about providing extra beer from your own pocket.
2. Finding a run site
- The run site should be accessible by road and there should be adequate parking for 5 to 10 cars. If the run site is far away, hares may choose to arrange private transport to shuttle hashers to the starting point.
- If the run is a point-to-point run (where the end point is different from the starting point), make sure you have thought about how to get the hashers’ vehicles (and people who do not join the run) from one point to the other.
- Make sure you get permission from the person who owns the site, or from a nearby farmer. If the person wants to charge for hosting a hash on their property, the hares are responsible for paying any fees (you can get up to IDR 200.000 from the hash cash for this purpose). When asking for permission to use someone’s property, make sure they understand we will have a party with beer consumption from around 5 to 7:30 pm and that things may get a bit loud. Always smile and be friendly with anyone you meet!
- While we have a number of well-established hash areas that have hosted numerous runs, the encroaching ‘civilization’ of Bandung means we must always be looking for new sites. A new site will be much appreciated by all hashers!
- Use good judgment and keep in mind the time of year (rainy or dry).
- The area where the on-in is to be conducted needs to have shelter (especially in the rainy season) and be far enough away from people as not to disturb our ability to drink beer in the open.
3. Finding a trail
- Scout your proposed trail at least 2 to 3 times, so you are sure you know your way around. You should know the area well enough to make last minute changes to avoid raging rivers, broken bridges or volcanic activity.
- Some hares prefer setting a run with a long track where runners can run the whole way. Other hares prefer scaling the side of mountains in dense jungles. In the right condition, and laid in the proper format, both options are great.
- Most hares choose to set two runs: a long run and a short/medium run, but this is your choice. Some hares also choose to set three runs: a long, a medium and a short run.
- If you set more than one run, their paths should not come too close to each other to avoid confusion.
- Think about the length of your run. A long run is usually between 6 and 9 kilometers, depending on the type of terrain. A short/medium run should be about 3 to 5 kilometers. Walkers must be able to finish the long run before dark (around 6 pm)! Remember: the hash is not about trying to outdo other runners. The hash is for everyone, so hares must set a run that can be done by anyone who is relatively fit.
- As a rough guide (depending on the terrain), if it takes two hours to walk a trail, it will take one hour to run it (in other words: a one-hour run will take two hours to walk).
- In the rainy season, it’s a good idea to set a run closer to Bandung and set a trail that avoids too many ups and downs. Also, during the rainy season a track shouldn’t be too complicated as it’s easier for paper and chalk to get washed away in the rain.
- If you want to do something special (provide a T-shirt, have a party afterwards or rent the Hilton), you must finance those activities yourself. Hash Cash expects each run to be self-sufficient, although the committee does sometimes helps to sponsor some of the special runs over the course of the year.
4. Preparing your run
- You must post the complete run information at the latest on the Thursday before your run on the WhatApp groups and Facebook (ask Frank if you are not part of the groups yet).
- Make sure you have enough paper to set the trail. Do not underestimate the amount of paper you need! The paper should be cut into small pieces. Newspaper or toilet paper is sometimes used and is okay in the dry season but not in the rainy season.
- You must also have powdered chalk (kapur), cement (semen) or gypsum (gypsum), which you can find at building supply stores or Borma. You may decide to use flour, but remember that when it rains it may disappear, so it is best not to use flour in the rainy season.
- Get the BHHH+ signs from Margarets house. You need the signs to help hashers to find the location.
- Hares are responsible to get enough ice cubes up to the on-in location:
- Expenses for the ice (around IDR 15,000 per bag), can be deducted from the hash cash.
- Hendy is often willing to bring ice cubes, but you must ask him if he can do this on your run. (Even if he can bring the ice, you must pay for it.)
- Usually 2 or 3 big bags of ice is enough for around 20 hashers.
- If Hendy isn’t able to bring ice, you can buy it for IDR 15,000 per bag at Sari Petojo (Jl. Kebun Sirih 18, telephone 022 420 2548). Make sure to order ice cubes (es batu) and that they know it is for BHHH+. You can pick the bags up from there, or for a small fee they can also deliver it to your house.
- Hares are responsible to get the beer, soft drinks, cups, plates, drinking water and cutlery to the on-in location:
- On the Thursday prior to your run at the latest, you must notify the Beer Master (at the moment this is Margaret) about the date and location of your run. The Beer Master keeps the BHHH+ beer, buckets, soft drinks, cups, plates, cutlery and drinking water at her house.
- Let him know the estimated number of hashers so he will know how much to prepare.
- If you want to provide your guests with more beer or soft drinks, that is okay and can be arranged through the Beer Master, but be aware that you must pay for the extra drinks from your own pocket.
- If the Beer Master is not able to bring the materials, you must arrange to pick them up from his house.
- The Beer Master will provide a paper for you to help you keep track of the materials and to decide how much beer and soft drinks you are allowed to give out.
- Remember that the hare is responsible for making sure that all materials are returned to the Beer Master after the run! See What you must do on the day of your run for more details.
- Decide if you want to provide food or not. You are free not to provide food, as long as you mention this in the run information. You can also choose to have the on-in at a place where the hashers can buy their own food.
5. Setting your run (laying the paper)
- Paper should be laid on the left side of the trail whenever possible. Paper should be laid at 15-25 meter intervals if going on a well-defined track, but closer together if the direction can be confusing or if there is a lot of grass or plants. Remember: if a hasher doesn’t see paper for 50-100 metres, he will assume he is not on trail and go back.
- In kampoengs (village areas), you must use your chalk instead of paper because paper may be swept up by diligent housewives or blown away by the wind.
- If you have a short and a long track, you must mark the split well by putting up a large L with an arrow for the long run and a large S sign with an arrow for the short. You can use a piece of paper or cardboard for this (but be aware that people may take these away) or you can use chalk to mark the road surface, as long as the split is clear.
- Please be aware that as a hare, you are responsible for all hashers coming back! You are expected to sweep the run in case any runners have not come back. Remember to bring a torch (flashlight) in case this is necessary!
- A good run has between 2 and 4 good checks. The idea of a check is to bring everyone together: the front runners will look for the correct trail while the slower runners or walkers have a chance to catch up. The ideal trail keeps everyone together for most of the run and has the whole pack back within about twenty minutes of each other.
- Don’t try and be too clever setting checks. Slower hashers are often far behind the front runners, and therefore have to find the correct trail by themselves. They may get side-tracked until it becomes dark, and they may not be seen for weeks.
- Between checks, the trail should be clearly marked so the going is enjoyable for everyone.
- A check can be a check-around, which is a circle drawn on the ground with no paper visible in any direction, or a false trail, which is a trail where the paper just stops, or where there is a cross marked with chalk on the ground (a check-back), so hashers must turn back and find the right direction.
- A good check may delay the front runners for 5 to 10 minutes. The slow runners will appear on the scene just as the fast runners have found the new trail.
- The correct direction after a check should be marked after 50-60 metres of the check. Make sure to mark it with paper and chalk laid on top of each other, so the hashers know for sure it is the correct trail.
- Introduce your first check after the first kilometer or so. The first check should be a good one with lots of false trails to hold the pack for as long as possible, to enable those latecomers to catch up.
- You may NOT set checks in the kampong (villages areas), on busy roads, or in thick vegetation. Also, do NOT use checks in the last quarter of a run, when everyone is tired, or where the long and short/medium trails split.
6. What you must do on the day of your run
- Make sure that hashers can find the on-site and know where to park. Sometimes it may be necessary to pay a local a small amount to help direct parking cars. If necessary, put up the BHHH+ signs to point hashers to the exact location. Keep in mind that hashers will be coming from all directions, often with little sense of direction. You will need to bring a combination of string, tape and staples to put up the signs. Make sure the signs will not be obscured by parked cars, stolen by vandals or bypassed completely. Putting up signs as well as laying the paper usually provides pleasant amusement for locals. It is worthwhile to exchange a few smiles and pleasantries to ensure that your handiwork remains untouched.
- If possible, connect again with owner of the location or the nearest farmer just to remind them that the hash will take place.
- Appoint someone to be Hash Cash or do it yourself. It is your responsibility to make sure that everyone who attends pays their run fee. The Hash Cash writes the name of each hasher on the piece of paper provided, including how much they paid. The amount of income collected on your run determines how much beer and soft drinks may be used. If you want to provide your guests with more beer or soft drinks, that is okay and can be arranged through the Beer Master (see Preparing your run), but then you must pay for the extra crates from your own pocket.
- At the time the run is supposed to start, you must give the chalk talk. You gather the hashers together by shouting ‘On in!’ and provide them with information about the trail:
- Check if there any virgin hashers (first-time hashers)? If so, please appoint someone (usually whoever brought them to the hash) to accompany them at all times. Virgin hashers are not to be left alone on the trail!
- How long is the trail (in kms and in time)?
- Are there long and short trails?
- What does the paper look like?
- Are there any checks?
- Are there any specially difficult points during the run that the hashers should be aware of?
- Tell hashers that if they get lost or hurt, they should stay on paper until the hares come to get them.
- Prepare for the on-in. Once everyone has started running, it is time to calculate how much beer and soft drinks are covered by the income collected. Chill the allotted drinks in the buckets (always put the drinks in the bucket first!). Set up the cups, plates and food if any. When it is time to start the on-in, you must act as or appoint a piss pourer: prepare a table (or crate), a light if necessary and fill the down-down cups with beer.
- It is your responsibility to make sure that the on-in site is clean when you leave (or at least as clean as it was before the run).
- Make sure you collect the BHHH+ signs after the run and return them to Hendy.
- Give the hash income and the list with the hashers’ names to Hendy or Frank.
- You are responsible to return all the hash materials (leftover beer, empty beer bottles, cups, plates, soft drinks, drinking water and pump, buckets, cups, plates, cutlery) to the Beer Master. In case the Beer Master has brought the materials, he is often willing to take them home at the end of the evening. If for some reason he is not willing to take them home, you must take the materials home, wash the cups, plates and cutlery and return everything to the Beer Master by the following Tuesday.
- Hares may be asked to pay for any empty bottles, soft drinks, water, buckets, plates, cups and cutlery that went missing on their hash.