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Conspicious Consumption

April 27, 2010 by BLAKEBUCK

Oxford Mississippi’s Double Decker Festival is wholesome entertainment the entire family can enjoy. Street vendors selling arts and crafts, website lively music, visit this and games for the kids. But as with many facets of life in Oxford, there exists a hidden undercurrent of social deviancy.

Perhaps no group better demonstrates this then OUCH³. The Oxford University Community Hash House Harriers.

This self-described “drinking club with a running problem” meets once a month and runs along hidden trails anywhere from 2-7 miles. On the way, “hashers” are required to stop at secret checkpoints, chug a beer from a concealed cooler or perfectly-timed “beer wagon”, and continue to the next checkpoint. By the end most runners are so exhausted, they might actually think Admiral Ackbar IS Colonel Reb.

According to the Local Voice, Hash Runs date back to the 1930’s. While it’s unclear exactly how long the Oxford chapter has been at it, the fact that it only costs $10 to party will probably solidify it’s future for a long time.

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