Cocktails & Spirits

The Hash House Harriers Were Right, Beer and Running Do Mix

The Fort Lauderdale Hash House Harriers dub themselves "a drinking club with a running problem." It started in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur after British expats would run every Monday night together. Now there are hundreds of outposts all around the world.

They drink, they run, they drink, then run, and then drink/run some more. The idea boggled my mind. And when I joined them on their run past the Fort Lauderdale Airport this summer there were TSA costumes, "blue-ball" jello shots, plenty of beer, and even handcuffs involved.

I went home even more confused than when I arrived, but according to The New York Times, they were on to something: beer and running do mix.

See also: Inebriated Runners Wearing TSA Costumes Get Swarmed by Police Near Airport Runway

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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