A DISTAFF "FLYING HASHER" TAKES THE LEAP.

Freezing Cold Hash
in the Swamps of Edison

BY DAN FABRIZ

EDISON, NJ--The 2012 edition of the Freezing Cold Hash (FCH) Run was a success and traveled over some of the most dangerous conditions on a very unseasonable warm 60-degree day. This adventure run featured over 240 crazed athletes running through marsh, streams of dirty water, under fences, and over muddy trails.

A record-breaking number of runners participated in this year’s race as the race seems to grow larger each year. Runners also made canned food donations to the St James Food Pantry of Edison upon arriving at registration the morning of the run. The FCH run is a non-competitive group run in the woods of Edison, trails along the Raritan River, and Middlesex County Park with the run starting and finishing at Kenneth Vercammen's Law Office in Edison NJ. 

Hashing...a mixture of athleticism, sociability, hedonism, and hard work; a refreshing break from the nine-to-five routine. Hashing continues to be an exhilaratingly fun combination of running, orienteering, and partying, where bands of Harriers and Harriettes chase Hares on either three or five mile trails through--all in search of exercise, camaraderie, and good times. The Post Race Social called the “On-On” was held at the Green Derby--sort of an early St. Patrick’s Day Party

 

 A HIGHLAND HASHER BRAVES THE COLD WATER.
Some of the potential dangers for runners who got lost on the trail were:

  • Get bitten by starving animal
  • Slip on ice and break bones
  • Buried bombs with mustard gas
  • Cut your leg on sharp branches
  • Slip on snow and break arm
  • Touch 29,000 volts of electricity
  • Run into tree branches, poke eye out
  • Angry deer with huge antlers
  • Fall into Raritan River and get swept out to ocean
  • Frozen rats and other dead animals
  • Exploding gas pipeline
  • Bad drivers from New York who don’t speak English
  • Sticker bushes
  • Crawl under barbed wire
  • Get hit in head with cement falling
  • Slide off mud cliffs off bridges

 

 "I'LL CATCH YOU. JUST TRUST ME..."
We appreciate RVRR, JSRC, FARC CJRR, Clifton, Rumson, Princeton Hash, and other clubs for listing the Hash on their Web sites and in their newsletters.

Mark your calendars as we plan for January 5, 2013 Freezing Cold Hash.

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