Sun Herald
July 6, 1996

Running, Cold Beer And Hashers



Running, Cold Beer And Hashers Mix At 250th Hash And On-In

The Sun Herald
Sunday, June 14, 1998
Section: LOCAL-FRONT
Page: A10
By Donald V. Adderton

Legend has it that neither rain, snow nor gloom of night will ever deter hashers from reaching for that frosty cold libation at the end of a lung run.

Under a broiling sun Saturday, out-of-town hashers joined members of the Biloxi Hash House Harriers' 250th Hash and On-In. The Biloxi hashers have been performing this weekend ritual since November 1993.

``I just love the trail and the On-In,'' said Marie ``HP'' Knowles of Pascagoula, who was hashing with her 16-year-old daughter, Anne. ``To run in the rain and cold is the best way to hash.''

Many of the hashers tried to downplay the drinking as they crowded around coolers containing amber brew.

But these hearty souls -- men and women -- followed a meandering course -- marked by flour and chalk for several miles, which ended in Woolmarket. The group or pack chases a front-runner, who is called a hare, along the course.

Over hill and dale, these die-hard hashers trudged toward their appointed rendezvous with a tankard of their favorite ice-cold beverage, which is called the On-In -- malt is optional.

Linda ``Gooey Blow'' Crozier said she got tired of the New Orleans bar scene and started hashing nine years ago.

``I really did not know what to expect at first,'' said Crozier, who is known to hashers in New Orleans as the ``Grand Mistress. ``Hashing is open to everyone and it is all about camaraderie.''

After the run, the hashers gathered in a circle and engaged in loud rugby songs and parodies as they proudly hoisted their drinking glasses to their thirsty lips.

Depending on who you ask, hashing was created in 1938 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, by Albert S.I. Gispert, an Englishman or Australian -- no one knows for sure -- to break up the boredom of going to the local pubs. The activity is modeled after the English hounds and hares game.

Currently, there are more than 2,000 hash organizations around the world. Many groups have their one Web sites.

``The hash is one big family,'' said Randy ``C Slinger'' Houle of Biloxi who stationed at Keesler Air Force Base. ``It is a great way to relieve a lot of stress.''

Illustration:
Photo By: David Purdy

The Sun Herald

Caption:
Rick `Banana Sling' Souza tops his beer Saturday morning as hashers gather at the La Linda Inn for the 250th hash of the Biloxi Hash House Harriers.

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