Anyone Can Hare! Everyone Should Hare! But, if you are a virgin, find a nice experienced hare to help.
• Find a location, plan and set the run. CPH3 usually sets the day before, although “morning of” is possible. Live sets are also possible, but please, do not attempt this without adult supervision.
• Communicate the location of the start and finish to the bus driver and the beer van.
• Arrange the bash to follow the Down Downs.
• It is ultimately the responsibility of the Hares to make sure all Hashers make it back to the bus and to see that any lost or injured Hashers are rescued.
Hare Rules and Markings
• We mark with flour or chalk, but in rainy weather, shredded paper may be a good choice.
• Blobs of flower or paper should be big enough to be easily seen. They don’t have to be on the ground, but can be on a wall or in a tree as long as they are conspicuous from some point on the trail.
• Chalk marks should be a line at least 30 cm long (if you don’t know how long this is, ask the GM to show you his). No arrowhead needed, but if used, use consistently. White chalk or yellow chalk only (one or the other please).
• Chalk marks can be on the pavement itself, on the curb, on a wall or on a pole or tree. On a pole or tree, make a vertical line visible to approaching runners or at least visible once abreast of the pole.
• Mark turns. With flower or paper, simply make an obvious curve or place a few blobs in an obvious way. With chalk, can use a double line to form an “elbow” pointing in the direction of the turn.
• On-On! marks should be frequent enough to leave no doubt as to direction. On a clearly defined trail without alternatives, marks should be no more than 50 meters apart. In open fields or in forest where the route is not obvious, marks should be closer – on really unclear terrain, (high grass, dense scrub, unusually rugged ground) a runner should be able to see the next mark from the previous one.
• Checks: A check is a circle, at least 30 cm in diameter (if you don’t know how long that is…) with an X (cross) in the middle. With flour, a full circle made around the bottom of a post, a small tree or even a rock works very well.
• After setting a check, Hares should begin marking within 100 meters of the check.
• Three marks out of the check is on trail! Although the first mark may be as far as 100 meters from the check, the second and third marks should follow the 50 meter or closer rule.
• After a check, you can put as many false trails as you like (in addition to the true trail) simply by going out two marks (100 meters, then 50). Only the true trail will go further than two marks. Hashers all know “three marks and you’re on!. Some hares choose to write “FT” (as in False Trail), but if you can’t find the third check, it is by definition a false trail.
• Hares should/may announce any special conditions or alternate markings at the beginning of the run.
• It takes time to devise a good trail, often several visits to the area. The more time in preparation, the better you will make the run. Once you’ve laid out your route, run it and time it if possible. Better to find out that you are way too long or way too short before you do it with 30 of your best friends who may not be amused at Down Down time.
• A good trail takes care. It should be scenic and pleasant for both runners and walkers. It should be designed – here is where the checks come in – to bring the entire group, fast runners, slow runners and walkers, to the finish reasonably close together.
• Keep that purpose in mind when planning checks. They should be strategically placed to slow the Front Running Bastards down, or rather let them run in all directions, while the others start to catch up. Many checks bunched close together or long easy-to-run stretches with no checks don’t serve this purpose.
• A separate Runners Trail and Walkers/Wankers Trail is always to be preferred if Hares can be found. Separate trails can be formed by building in shortcuts for walkers/adding loops for runners.
• Terrain, weather and season can affect the length of the run, but somewhere between 6 and 9k is generally suitable.
• Walkers/Wankers Trail, especially on longer runs, should not be much greater than 60% of the runners trail.
• The end point must be suitable for the Down Downs. Since we drink beer, a perfect start and end point would be at or near a facility with toilets – a temple, a school, a community or cultural center, etc. A good row of trees or a hedge line works if necessary.
• Remember that the bus and the beer wagon must be able to get to both the start and the end point, or at least very close to both.
• The seasons: In winter it gets dark early. Runs should be set closer in to town and should be short enough to leave plenty of daylight for the circle. In summer, we can go as far as an hour’s bus ride out.
• Remember that is someone’s livelihood out in the field. Be aware of the crops as you set your trail, and remind runners to take care before the run.
• Carry enough flour/shreddie/chalk when setting trail. Not much is worse than running out of supplies far from the “On In”.
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