Flour City Hash House Harriers

A drinking club with a running problem.

We are (mostly) a social drinking and running group located in Rochester, New York. Every week, we run (or walk, depending on skill level) a trail, generally through one of the many local parks. The run is exclusively non-competitive! It's all about the fun!

Check out the calendar or events pages to see what the group will be doing! 

Runs occur every Thursday night at 5:69p (6:09p) during daylight savings time (summer), and 1:69p (2:09p) on Sundays during regular time (winter).

Anyone over 21 is welcome to join, and the run easily accommodates all abilities.

After the hash, we go to a local restaurant/pub for tasty beverages and nourishment.

Come join us! Even if the sound of running three miles makes you want to vomit, I guarantee you will enjoy the hash. There are plenty of opportunities to walk or catch your breath.

Hashes are every week - sometimes twice a week!


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Alcohol Abuse: spilling or otherwise wasting beer at any time during a hash, especially during down-downs

Annual General Meeting (AGM): in many hashes, the occasion for annual erections of hash mismanagement; in others, an excuse for a party; also Annual General Piss Up

"Are You?" (R U?): question shouted by the pack to FRBs, meaning "Are you on trail?" 
Arrow: directional trail mark; also see True Trail Arrow, Pack Arrow

A-to-A: trail that ends where it starts

A-to-B: point-to-point trail (trail that starts one place, ends another; if it's a really long trail sometimes called A-to-Z)

Auto-Hashing: hitching a ride to the end, a heinous violation of hash etiquette

Back Check (BC): trail mark* indicating that runners should turn around and retrace their path while looking for true trail, which branched off somewhere before the BC; sometimes accompanied by a number indicating the number of marks the pack should go back before looking for true trail

Bad Trail (BT): 1) a section of trail which goes nowhere; 2) trail mark* indicating the end of a BT; see also False Trail, YBF 

Bash: bicycle hash

Basher: bicycle hasher 

Beer: see Nectar

Beer Check: 1) beverage stop; 2) trail mark* indicating a beverage stop

Beermeister: mismanagement member in charge of ensuring an adequate beverage supply for hash events

Beer Near: trail mark* indicating proximity of beverages; can be associated with a beer check, on-in, or on-home

Bimbo-mobile: vehicle used to transport beer, food, hash bags

Boob Check: trail mark* indicating a check or intersection which must be solved by female hashers before the pack can proceed; see Gender Confusion 

Caught Hare: a hare who has been overtaken and physically caught by a member of the pack; normally honored during Down-Downs or stripping the hare and having them finish the trail

Chalk: basic substance used for marking trail; see also Flour, Paper , Hash

Chalk Talk: trail instructions for virgin or visiting hashers

Check: trail mark* indicating an intersection where true trail may take another direction; see also Decision Point, Intersection

"Checking!": answer shouted by FRB to pack when asked "Are You?", indicating that FRB has not determined whether the trail he's following is true or false

Circle: assembly of hashers at trail's end, normally for the purpose of conducting down-downs

Circle Jerk: a circular section of trail laid for the purpose of slowing down FRBs

Co-hare: hare's assistant . . . in many hashes it is normal to have two or more hares laying trail together; in others it is a rare event

Cranium: acceptable substitute for the word "head"

Cranial Gear: anything worn on the head while performing Down-Downs; see also Hat

C-word: euphemism for "competition" or "competitive"

Dead Fucking Last (DFL): last member of pack to finish trail, usually honored during down-downs

Dead Hare: hare who lays the entire trail before the pack sets out; sometimes accompanies the pack to ensure it doesn't get lost (see Sweeper)

Dead on Trail (DOT): hopelessly lost

Debauchery: Any of several morale-building mixed-sex activities indulged in by hashers, usually (but not always) confined to American hashing circles

Doo-Loop: looping section of trail designed to slow down the pack and give the hare more lead

Down-Down: the ceremony of consuming the Nectar (an honor)

Down-Downs: the ceremony of honoring deserving hashers after the trail

Eagle Trail: an optional section of trail, longer or more difficult than the standard trail

Erections: mismanagement elections, normally accomplished during the AGM

Expat, Expatriate: any hasher not residing in his native country (yeah, I know that's wrong, but that's how hashers abroad like to think of themselves)

False Trail: see Bad Trail; a section of trail going nowhere, designed to slow down the pack and give the hare more lead

Flour: a basic substance used to mark trail; see also Chalk, Paper , Hash

Front Running Bastard (FRB): faster member of the pack, also the one member of the pack who finishes trail first (and is normally "honored" for same, since one should not be competitive)

Full Moon: frequently an occasion for an evening hash; many kennels hash every full moon throughout the year (usually conducted without clothing or clothing optional)

"G": A.S. Gispert ("G"), the father of modern hashing

Gender Confusion: Down-Down awarded to male hashers who runs through a Tit Check or female hasher who ran through a Dick Check

Grand Master: mismanagement member, ceremonial leader of the kennel

Grand Mistress: mismanagement member; sometimes used as the title for a female grand master, but often used as the title for someone who organizes hash parties and dinners

Handle: a hasher's nickname; see Hash Name

Hare: hasher who lays the trail; see Live Hare, Dead Hare

Hare Arrow: trail mark*, normally means "true trail," but not always

Hare Raiser: mismanagement member in charge of lining up hares for future trails

Harrier: any hasher, male or female; in some hashes, a male hasher

Harriette: female hasher

Hash: 1) the Hash House Harriers, as in "I run with the hash"; 2) an individual kennel, as in "I run with the New York Hash"; 3) the actual event, as in "I'm hashing tonight"; 4) trail marks*, as in chalk, flour, or paper

Hash Bag: bag of dry clothes and other post-trail necessities; see also Shag Bag

Hash Cash: 1) mismanagement member; the treasurer; 2) financial resources of the hash 

Hasher: any Hash House Harrier 

Hash Etiquette: euphemism for "rule"; also see Rule # 1 

Hash Flash: hash photographer

Hash God: see Self-Appointed Officious Assholes

Hash Haberdasher: mismanagement member in charge of T-shirts, hats, mementos, etc 

Hash Horn: mismanagement member; carries a horn or bugle on trail, blows it to encourage and guide the pack

Hash House: 1) the Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, meeting place of the Mother Hash; 2) any hash hangout, usually a bar

Hash House Harrier: any hasher

Hash House Harriers (HHH or H3): 1) hashers; 2) the hash

Hash House Horrors: hashers' children

Hash Hymn: song sung by the pack during down-downs; see also International Hash Hymn

Hashing: the act of running a hash trail

Hash Name: nickname, sometimes unsavory or indelicate, usually bestowed on a harrier or harrierette by the grand master, mismanagement, or the circle after a set number of runs or in honor of a notable incident; not used by all hashes

Hash Olympics: games played during interhashes, usually involving drinking; can involve debauchery

Hash Quack: mismanagement member in charge of administering first aid to injured hashers

Hash Respect: paying attention during down-downs or the circle (also see Respect)

Hash Scribe: mismanagement member normally in charge of writing the hash trash

Hash Shit (Hash-It, Hashit): offensive or embarrassing object given to a hasher for notable on-trail accomplishments, normally carried by the awardee on subsequent trails until it is awarded to someone else; sometimes also used as a nickname for the awardee

Hash Trash: newsletter containing write-ups of past runs and announcements of upcoming events use of a website or other telephonic or digital communication is also trash, sometimes referred to as re-hash

Hash Time: an erratic measure of a precise phenomena. If the hash is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm, the actual start may be 2:17 or 2:29, or ??? (if this makes you irate or crazy, hashing might not be for you)

Hat: in most hashes, not to be worn while doing down-downs

Hounds: the body of hashers in pursuit of the hare, see also Pack

HUYA: a plunger, acronym stands for "head up your ass"


Interhash: regional, national, or world hash gathering

Intersection: see Check

International Hash Hymn: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"; see Hash Hymn 


Just <insert name here>: given at birth, you use this name until the Hash deems you fit to have a Hash name (some kennels also use FNG or fucking new guy/gal)

Kennel: Hash House Harrier chapter or club

Knitting Circle: group of harriers or harriettes (usually the latter) who spend more time walking and talking than hashing. 

Live Hare: hare who gets a nominal head start and is pursued by the pack as he lays trail

Long-Cutting Bastard (LCB): 1) slower member of the pack; 2) someone who gets horribly lost and comes in late 

Mismanagement: hash officials; sometimes elected, sometimes appointed or volunteers

Mooning: mild form of debauchery

Mother Hash: Kuala Lumpur Hash House Harriers, first organized in 1938, still going strong and an inspiration to us all (except for the bit about "no women")

M-word: euphemism for "marathon" 

Nash Hash: a national interhash

New Shoe: drinking vessel used during down-downs; see also Tea Bag; heinous violation of hash etiquette

No Blow: hasher who forgets his whistle, normally honored with a down-down 

On-Afters: Party after the Hash On-On-Ons, On-On-On-Ons

"On-Back": shouted by FRBs to the pack when FRBs encounter a back check

On-Before: where hashers gather before the start of the hash, usually a public establishment 

On-Home: 1) trail's end, also On-In; 2) trail mark* indicating proximity to end

On-In: see On-Home

On-Off: start of trail 

"On-On": 1) shouted by FRBs or hounds to indicate they're on trail, sometimes used only to indicate true trail; 2) trail mark* in lieu of a true trail arrow

On-On-Ons: see On-Afters, On-On-On-Ons 

"On-One" ("On-Two," etc): shouted by FRBs or hounds to indicate the number of flour marks they've seen on an unexplored trail, usually after a check

On-Sec: mismanagement member normally in charge of hash rosters, run records, etc; also known as Hash Stats

On-Sex: more than one on-sec

On-Up! (or down, under, over, through, etc): what hounds sound to let those following know that the trail has become a challenge and the type of challenge being encountered 

On-X: trail mark* meaning "on across," usually found near freeways, airport runways, rivers, etc

Pack: hashers in pursuit of the hare, also Hounds

Pack Arrow: mark left by a member of the pack indicating direction taken; follow at your own peril 

Paper: basic substance used to mark trail; see also Chalk, Flour 

Phantom Hare: secret hare, unknown to the pack

Pick-Up Hash: hash where the hare is chosen at the last minute, usually through a drawing or game of chance; head starts are shorter and the hare is expected to be caught often--the hound catching the hare becomes the next hare, and so on

Pre-Lay: act of laying the trail or sections thereof before the hash; sometimes a violation, sometimes not, depending on kennel traditions; like masturbation, widely practiced but seldom admitted

Private Party: act of participating in a non-circle conversation, thereby showing disrespect to the GM during down-downs


Just another letter in the alphabet


Racism: any mention of racing, including use of the word "race"; see R-word 

Ranging: the process whereby certain hounds run with total disregard for the trail

Red Dress Run: theme hash where hares and pack wear red dresses; variations include lingerie runs, mini-skirt runs, muumuu runs, nude runs, etc

Regroup: trail mark* used in some hashes, where FRBs must wait for all members of the pack to arrive before setting out again

Religious Adviser/Advisor (RA): mismanagement member normally in charge of blessing the hash and settling disputes over tradition; sometimes in charge of down-down ceremonies

Respect: reverential attitude of right-thinking pack members toward the GM during the circle and down-downs (also see Hash Respect)

Road Whore: mismanagement member, responsible for organizing road trips to other hashes or hash events, encouraging participation in same

Rule: universally-understood tenet of acceptable hash behavior; never called a "rule" but often euphemized as "tradition" or "hash etiquette"

Rule # 1: "There are no rules"

Rule # 2: "See Rule # 1"

R-word: euphemism for "race," "run," or "rule" 

Self-Appointed Officious Asshole: see Hash God 

Shag Bag: a bag of dry/warm clothing for use after the hash; see also Dry Bag and Hash Bag

Shiggy: jungle, thick vegetation, rocks, cliffs, streams, etc; especially mud

Shitty: adjective used to describe a really good trail 

Short-Cutting: the act of attempting to short-cut the trail, see also Zenning 

Short-Cutting Bastard (SCB): habitual short-cutter, a title of esteem in most hashes

Sixty-Nine: a number fraught with significance

Song Master: mismanagement member; leads down-down songs (Song Meister)

Sweeper: hasher, normally an experienced member of the pack, assigned to follow the pack in order to ensure no one gets lost; this function is sometimes performed by a dead hare 

Tea Bag: sock or sole insert from a new shoe, the liquid from which is wrung out into a violator's mouth after he or she has finished a down-down from the offending footwear

Tradition: euphemism for "rule"; also see Rule # 1

Trail Recce: act of scouting a potential trail; hare practice

True Trail: the correct trail that leads to the on-in

True Trail Arrow: trail mark* indicating true trail

Trusted Agent: Hound who has been told where the on-in is in case the pack gets lost

Turkey Trail: optional section of trail, normally shorter and easier than the main trail

Turtle Check: trail mark* indicating that FRBs should wait at the mark until the slower hashers (the turtles) have caught up; normally used on dead hare trails to keep the pack together (in some hashes this is known as a Circle Check or Circle Jerk) 

Up-Up: trail mark used to taunt the pack on a hilly trail 

Violation: any infraction of hash etiquette or tradition, on- or off-trail

Violator: he or she who must be punished, normally by down-down

Virgin: first-time hasher; also applied to first-time hare

Virgin Lay: 1) a virgin hare's first trail; 2) a new kennel's first hash 

Walkers: infant, infirm, or elderly hashers

Wet Bag: variation on Shag Bag, but containing post-trail swimming or hot tub gear

Wherdafugarwee?: from a hash song, what a hound might say when lost 

X: trail mark* used to indicate a check or intersection or a false trail *See Chalk Talk

YBF: bad trail mark*; stands for "You've Been Fucked" 


Zenning: striking out cross-country in anticipation of finding the on-in; see also Short-Cutting