Hashing in a Time of Covid

The safety of our members is paramount to the enjoyment of the hash, and to that effect we have instituted the following mandatory guidelines for a “successful” coronavirus hash:

As the situation is constantly changing, we’ve shamelessly plagiarized the State’s tier system. We are currently:

Skid-Mark Brown Tier

  • COVID is bad. Shelter in Place or some equivalent is in effect.
  • Hashes will be prelayed, and available to run at the leisure of individual hashers Thursday evening.
  • Trail must start outside, and stay outside for the duration.
  • Masks are mandatory anytime a hasher is not actively running, including checks and while walking with anyone not a member of your immediate household. Please socially distance at all times. This will be enforced. Please don’t make this awkward.
  • The exact timing of the trail is up to the hares, but it should be fully available by 6pm, and able to be finished by 8pm. Earlier is certainly better. 
    • Marks, checks, falses, etc. are entirely up the hares, but please remember that many hashers will be r*nning alone, and complicated trail marks are more frustrating than fun without a pack for support.
  • BYOB strictly enforced. There can be absolutely no communal drink or food including sterilized beer, prepackaged snacks, or individual liquor. A single indulgence is not worth the health of our community.
  • Hares will mark a beer check somewhere on trail, where members are encouraged to partake of any beverage they have carried with them. Hashers are welcome to socialize at this point, but there cannot be any communal beer, food, etc. Masks are required and enforced. If the hares would like to man the Beer Check for socializing, just alert the pack to the time when you’ll be there in the announcement. 
  • Religion will be held on Zoom at 8pm, Thursdays. Religion will be kept to 20ish minutes, but the Zoom room is almost always open for socializing and playing any Zoom games.  The zoom info is available via email – if you do not have the login, please contact our RAs/GMs. 
  • If you don’t see Puff, dBASED, or the GMs on trail, and do not attend Zoom, and still want credit, please contact one of the above.
  • As of 19 November 2020 – Per curfew order, hashes MUST be able to be finished by 9pm if started at 7pm. That means nothing longer than 6 miles, as 3mph is a pretty normal walking speed.

This does not directly correspond to the State of California’s own Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and we will change our own tiers independently as seems prudent.

We realize that this is a weirdly stringent set of rules for a club that prides itself on having no rules, but this is a weird time. If you take any offense to what has been laid out here, have any questions, or need some chalk, please contact Dung-Fu Grip at dungfugrip@protomail.com. Nudes welcome.

Thank you all for keeping the hash a fun and safe place for our members!

Keep Calm and Carry On-On!



Below are the various tiers from least to most restrictive. Hopefully this will make things smoother as the situation around us develops, or in the very least, it looks somewhat professional.

Sparkle Rainbow Tier

  • No more COVID.
  • Regular-ass hash trails with liquor checks, beer checks from coolers, and boisterous religion.
  • Everyone runs together, shares their stuff, and wears masks for costume and style only.

Relaxing Earthtones Tier

  • Santa Cruz is doing well with COVID.
  • Trails may be run in person each Thursday, at 6:33pm, as part of a socially distanced pack.
  • Trail must start outside, and stay outside for the duration
  • Masks are mandatory at any social gathering place (start points, beer check, etc.) Hashers must please wear masks at all times when interacting with others.
  • These trails may be set live or pre-layed. It’s up to the hares, though the pack must be off by 6:45pm to minimize hanging around at the start.
  • BYOB and such. No communal food or drink is provided by the hash or hares.
  • Hares will mark a beer check somewhere on trail, where members are encouraged to partake of any beverage they have carried with them. Hashers are welcome to socialize at this point, but there cannot be any communal beer, food, etc. Masks are required.
  • Religion will be at the end of trail in an area where a six foot radius can be established for each hasher. Masks must be worn while singing.
    • While not the venue for religion, the Zoom room is almost always open for socializing and playing any Zoom games. The zoom info is available via email – if you do not have the login, please contact our RAs/GMs. 
  • Those who would prefer not to run the trails in a group, may do so on their own time and contact Puff, dBASED, or the GMs to get credit.

Yellow Snow Tier

  • Santa Cruz requires vigilance to contain COVID
  • Trails may be run in person each Thursday, at 6:33pm, as part of a socially distanced pack
  • Trail must start outside, and stay outside for the duration
  • Masks are mandatory anytime a hasher is not actively running, including checks and while walking with anyone not a member of your immediate household. Please socially distance at all times. This will be enforced. Please don’t make this awkward.
  • These trails may be set live or pre-layed. It’s up to the hares, though the pack must be off by 6:45pm to minimize hanging around at the start
  • BYOB strictly enforced. There can be absolutely no communal drink or food including sterilized beer, prepackaged snacks, or individual liquor. A single indulgence is not worth the health of our community.
  • Hares will mark a beer check somewhere on trail, where members are encouraged to partake of any beverage they have carried with them. Hashers are welcome to socialize at this point, but there cannot be any communal beer, food, etc. Masks are required and enforced.
  • Religion will be held on Zoom at 8pm, Thursday. Religion will be kept to 20ish minutes, but the Zoom room is almost always open for socializing and playing any Zoom games.  The zoom info is available via email – if you do not have the login, please contact our RAs/GMs. 
  • Those who would prefer not to run the trails in a group, may do so on their own time and contact Puff, dBASED, or the GMs to get credit

Skid-Mark Brown Tier

  • COVID is bad. Shelter in Place or some equivalent is in effect.
  • Hashes will be prelayed, and available to run at the leisure of individual hashers Thursday evening.
  • Trail must start outside, and stay outside for the duration.
  • Masks are mandatory anytime a hasher is not actively running, including checks and while walking with anyone not a member of your immediate household. Please socially distance at all times. This will be enforced. Please don’t make this awkward.
  • The exact timing of the trail is up to the hares, but it should be fully available by 6pm, and able to be finished by 8pm. Earlier is certainly better. 
    • Marks, checks, falses, etc. are entirely up the hares, but please remember that many hashers will be r*nning alone, and complicated trail marks are more frustrating than fun without a pack for support.
  • BYOB strictly enforced. There can be absolutely no communal drink or food including sterilized beer, prepackaged snacks, or individual liquor. A single indulgence is not worth the health of our community.
  • Hares will mark a beer check somewhere on trail, where members are encouraged to partake of any beverage they have carried with them. Hashers are welcome to socialize at this point, but there cannot be any communal beer, food, etc. Masks are required and enforced. If the hares would like to man the Beer Check for socializing, just alert the pack to the time when you’ll be there in the announcement. 
  • Religion will be held on Zoom at 8pm, Thursdays. Religion will be kept to 20ish minutes, but the Zoom room is almost always open for socializing and playing any Zoom games.  The zoom info is available via email – if you do not have the login, please contact our RAs/GMs. 
  • If you don’t see Puff, dBASED, or the GMs on trail, and do not attend Zoom, and still want credit, please contact one of the above.

Martian-Sky Orange Tier

  • We’re on fire, or the smoke is too dangerous to be outside in, or there’s another natural disaster that demands action for our immediate well-being.
  • “Trail” will be secondary to the safety of our members. We’ll figure something out, but no one should be stressed about hashing when disaster strikes.

Colorless Discharge

  • This is an unpredictable time. Slight modifications to these tiers may be enacted as necessary, and catalogued here for posterior’s sake. Posterity’s. My bad.
  • 19 November 2020 – Per curfew order, hashes MUST be able to be finished by 9pm if started at 7pm. That means nothing longer than 6 miles, as 3mph is a pretty normal walking speed.


You got through the whole list! I’m so flattered! Are you one of those people who actually reads the EULA or a whole contract? It’s amazing what’s hidden in those things. Not here. It’s pretty boring all things considered. We may have some analytics built into the website that would allow us to creep on you, but we’re probably not going to do that. It isn’t a moral thing, just laziness.