16th Annual All China Nash Hash Review
The last weekend, March 10, 11 and 12th, saw the successful hosting by the Chengdu Panda Hash of the 16th Annual All China Nash Hash (ACNH). This is an event which brings together “Hashers” from clubs all over China. Over 100 participants flew in from cities across China as well as from the US,UK, Indonesia, India， Canada……, This was the second time the Panda Hash has hosted this event, the last time being the 3rd annual ACNH which was held during the May Day holiday of 2004. It is a prestigious event that brings together all that is good in the Hashing community; running, beer, food and fellowship.
In order to give the participants a full flavor of Hashing in Chengdu, four Hashes were planned over the course of the three day event; a City Run, a Bus Run, a Metro Run and the infamous RustyMan. Equally important, three kinds of distinctly Sichuan foods would be served at the end of each days events.
The weekend’s festivities began with registration at the Lazy Pug, which is the home of the Chengdu Panda Hash. At 5:00pm there was a ‘chalk talk’ in which the various marks used on the trail were fully explained and soon afterwards the assembled crowd split into two groups, runners and walkers, and set off on their respective City Trails.
The running trail turned out to be a demanding +12k run beginning at Lazy Pug and ending at Fraser Suites where the assembled runners and walkers enjoyed a free flow of beer. The walkers took a less strenuous, but no less time consuming route, to bring them around to the same spot. The camaraderie shared by all soon became apparent as many guests began displaying “liquid courage” by actively making charges during the post trail Circle. Runners and Walkers alike from the different China kennels (running clubs) took turns good naturally challenging their fellow runners to drinking Down Downs to the delight of all gathered. Afterwards, friends both old and new ventured out for further libations after the meal was cleared at 10:00pm.
Saturday morning at 9:00am saw the next “running” event, the 5th Rusty Man race to be held in China. This is an event in which participants drink a pint of beer at the start line, run a kilometer (in this case to the Bookworm Restaurant) enter, eat a Full English Breakfast accompanied by two Bloody Mary’s and then continue on for the next four kilometers, stopping at the end of each to consume another pint of beer. The finish line was at the Lazy Pug where, having drank five pints, two Bloody Mary’s and having eaten a hearty breakfast, these “athletes” had to complete the final task. This entailed putting a spoon in their mouths and, while balancing a raw egg on said spoon, compete in an obstacle course in which the winner, would be declared the Rusty Man Winner. The Rusty Man has never been won by a male Harrier and true to form, the title was taken in a highly contested affair by Bull Ride Her, a Harrierette from the Xiamen Hx3.
周六清晨9点是第二轮跑步活动，暨第五届全国Rusty Man跑步。这个活动是参与者在活动一开始是就喝下一品脱啤酒，之后跑1公里（此次是在老书虫餐吧），在那儿大家享用了英式早餐加两杯血腥玛丽之后继续完成剩余4公里的跑步，在结束最后一站的跑步后每人又喝下了一品脱的啤酒。爽歪歪啊！终点是在懒巴哥，在完成了5品脱啤酒、两杯血腥玛丽和一餐英式早餐之后，这些“运动员们”必须完成最后的使命。这就是参与者要将勺子放进嘴里，而勺子上放着一个生鸡蛋，参与者需要保持平衡地将蛋送至终点，这样才能赢得Rusty Man 比赛胜利者的称号。值得一提的是自从有了Rusty Man比赛，从来男人就没有赢过，最终来自厦门Hash的Bull Rider Her女士有幸夺魁。
After the Rusty Man, the quickly growing crowd were treated to JingA beer, a craft label from Beijing which graciously donated two 20 liter kegs so that the assembled Hashers might begin their day by doing what they do best, potting pints at a high rate of speed.
With the excitement of the Rusty Man having barely begun to wane, but with the JingA beer completely depleted, three buses were boarded and 100+ Hashers were transported to a fruit stand roughly six kilometers from Tumenzi Reservoir about an hour southeast of the city. The Saturday trails were of three different lengths and were made up of a 6k walking trail, an 11k run and an 18k “ballbuster”.
Rusty Man 的浪潮还没有消退，京啤酒就已被Hasher们喝光殆尽。正在此时，3两大巴到了，100多号人浩浩荡荡地到了离土门子水库大概6公里的水果摊儿，这里地处成都市区东南，距市区车程一个小时左右。周六的路线有三种：6公里走路、11公里跑步和18公里的“ballbuster”。
After another quick chalk talk, the crowd was off on trail. This was a traditional Chengdu trail encompassing goat paths, dirt roads, pavement and garden paths. There was a beer stop strategically placed just short of the end of the walking trail which was able to be enjoyed by all participants, no matter the trail they were on. It proved to be a popular spot in dissuading some from tackling the longer, harder trails.
The Circle that took place after all of these runs were finished was enjoyed thoroughly by all in attendance. The singing, joking and carrying on was only stopped as darkness fell onto the Circle and the buses were then packed to continue on to a restaurant where a hearty Sichuan meal was served to the hungry crowd.
Remarkably, when the bus dropped off the tired and worn out Hashers at the Lazy Pug afterwards, many chose to keep partying as there was a shared feeling of not wanting to let the party end.
The next morning, the Hangover Run, which happened to be the 500th run of the Chengdu Panda Hash, was planned for the Longquanyi Metro Stop on the end of Line 2 at 11am, a cruel time for those who partied late into the night. All participants had the task of getting there on their own by Metro. This proved to be an impossible task for some after the rather strenuous running and partying of the previous two days. For those that did make it that far, the reward was a cold, raining morning of dense fog both in weather and mental terms.
This Metro run began by making its way through five city blocks of marks which were saturated by water, but eventually gave way to running through farmland, along drainage ditches, up steep vertical climbs, along a reservoir which had treacherous muddy trails, on up another steep vertical climb and finally through a sparsely populated tourist spot. The trail was punctuated by having the benefit of two different beer stops along the way. Just what the hungry, tired and thirsty runners needed.
The restaurant where the final Circle of the weekend was held was a hot pot venue that drew rave reviews from everyone and completed the Chengdu food treble of BBQ, Sichuan and HotPot cuisines.
Everyone who participated enjoyed a weekend of exercise, alcohol and food all wrapped up in the friendship that occurs when you experience something together that is memorable.
Next CPHx3 run will be #501 and will be held on March 26th. Stay tuned for further announcements.