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Every other Saturday afternoon around 3:30 pm, the P.O.S Hash House Harriers comes together in a large group at a determined location to trek through the tropical rainforest following trails, braving rivers, climbing steep inclines and running down gravity-pulling descents, all while enjoying the camaraderie. This adventure, known as Hashing ,originated in Malaysia and has evolved into an international group of non-competitive folk who seek adventure.
On Saturday, April 14th, Local Foreigner, Georgia, took part in her second hash in Blanchisseuse along the North Coast, about an hour away from Port-of-Spain. Hashing entails one or more members or “Hares” who lay a trail, of shredded paper, which is then followed by the remainder of the group (the “Pack” or “Hounds”). The trail often includes false trails, short cuts, dead ends, and splits. These features are designed to keep the pack together regardless of fitness level or running speed.
According to the P.O.S Hash House Harriers, this is their time to gather and “run around like a bunch of crazed people in our quest for beer, frolic, fun and sometimes food.” Hashing is in fact a combination of fitness and fun where participants can run, hike and climb, all while socializing and having a good time. One of the beautifies of hashing is not only are you exercising and enjoying it, but you’re also seeing parts of Trinidad that are otherwise unknown or unchartered territories for many locals. Halfway through hashes such as the Blanchisseuse hash, almost knee deep in the Yara River, participants are pleasantly surprised by a bucket of beers and water. YES, hashers are encouraged to refresh and rejuvenate with a cold beeer after trekking, tripping, jumping and running through the elements. This particular hash lasted about an hour and half, covering about 4 ½ miles of terrain and ending with hashers taking a dip in the Yara River, laughing, looking refreshed and having a much needed drink or two.
The P.O.S. Hash House Harriers stay true to their playful and hilarious motto, “A drinking club, with a running problem.” If you ever try hashing, The Local Foreigner guarantees you’ll be greeted by a group of fun, lively and friendly individuals who know how to keep active and enjoy themselves. All hashes end in a big lime. The music starts jamming, the conversation starts flowing and very soon drinks and food fill in any missing gaps. Hashing is free and open to the public, all you have to do is show up. Drinks and food are also available for purchase. Try to wear old clothes, preferably long pants and a T-shirt and be prepared to get your sneakers (and even your entire body) soaked! If you’re up for a little challenge and a well-deserved cool down afterwards, give hashing a try.
Hashing + Trinidad’s tropical rainforest + Trini concept of fun = The perfect equation for exercise, natural beauty and drinks.
To check out the next hash in Flanagin Town on Saturday, April 28th, visit the P.O.S Hash House Harriers website athttp://posh3.wordpress.com/.