Police at first concerned about ‘suspicious’ behavior
A Hash House Harriers running group was the subject of a minor alert in Grand Cayman on Thursday when the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service released a photograph of three of them “depositing a white powdery substance on the sidewalks and on the side of the road.”
Following laboratory tests at the Cayman Islands Hospital and the Department of Environmental Health, the powder was found to be confectioner’s sugar with a syrup base.
Police said the powdered sugar was likely used to mark a running route for the Harriers, who had arrived on a cruise ship.
In photographs released by police, the two men and a woman are seen with plastic carrier bags. They were spotted along Elgin Avenue, North Sound Road and in central George Town.
In an initial media release, police described their behavior of depositing the powder on the street as “suspicious” and asked anyone who could identify the individuals to contact the George Town Police Station.
In a later statement, police said, “RCIPS has received information that the persons may have been members of the international running/jogging club Hash House Harriers; and marking their route with flour or chalk is a common practice.”
Hash House Harrier clubs are typically known for combining running and drinking.