Archive for March, 2007
In the New York Times Travel section, there's an article about hashing. You may have seen the chalk mark arrows on the sidewalks of New York City before. They're what's left over from this activity whereby a group of runners attempt to catch the person leaving a trail (the "hare") before he or she reaches the finish line. While they take place all over the world, New York City hashing tends to be more about the athletic side of the activity:
For Tim Reed, who hashes two to three times a week in New York, hashing in a city like Washington can require more tolerance for alcohol.
â€œWhen I hashed there, they had beer checks every 20 minutes,â€ he said, referring to a point along the trail where the runners gather to drink and figure out where the hareâ€™s trail continues. â€œI find New York more fun because itâ€™s more of a runnersâ€™ hash and more of a challenge. D.C. has a beer truck and does â€˜shot checksâ€™ in alleys.â€
During the New York City Marathon, the hashers set up a beer check at mile 23:
â€œIf my time is off my mark when I get there, Iâ€™ll do the check,â€ said Dave Stewart, a lawyer who has been hashing for five years. â€œItâ€™s a dumb idea,â€ he admitted, but it gives everyone a thrill to see a marathoner chug a brew just a few miles before the finish.
The article reports that there are eight different hashing groups in New York City alone, but they have joined together to form HashNYC.com, where you can find more information.
Online registration for the Scotland Run 10K closes today at 5:00 pm.
NYC Running Blog readers who have run at least four out of five half-marathons in the 2006 Half-Marathon Grand Prix Series are reporting that they have received e-mails informing them that they have guaranteed entry for the 2007 NYC Half-Marathon. This confirms the previously posted rumor.