PAN ASIA HASH 2017 was held for the first time in Korea being in general of the Korean population, excluding the expatriates, not knowing much about hash house harriers while a bunch of younger generation Koreans are getting more interested in and all about hashing - the merry making of running and drinking, the camaraderie and the rest of the hashing stuff that they see is not their norm but a whole lot of fun.
From a stand point, the event was successfully held with the supports from the provincial government, the city council and hashers in general. A look at the registrations will show the interests - more than 3500! The runs were lined with beautiful scenes of late autumn and the cold that comes with it. The chosen city with its known for nature reserves was the right choice.
Being a 'new son' in the hash communities and conducting such an event with such a number of participants, was a challenge. They manage to pull through the whole event but there were things that they should know even more - hashers are crazy people. To the normal communities who exercises regularly and weekly, hashers are crazy in running the trails, the drinking and the partying! People might have called it a day after a good run but hashers were still busy drinking and partying! Some had already hit the bed by 10pm but hashers were just getting into second gear.
Overall, the event went with some hitches here and there. Nothing that had caused a major disaster, reserved for some stand point to some individual who will contradict. Though said, some areas should be tailored to hashing participants and to hashing norms which will cancel out a lot of hashing related comments. Some hiccups were human errors and mismanaged, not a disaster but depends on the handling committee to resolve the issues.
Majority of the hashers are big hearted, no worries. No hashers would have traveled half way round the world to get disappointment, they make do with whatever available while enjoying whatever is left.
My 2 cents!