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Our Creed

The World Harrier Organization is dedicated to harriers and harrier groups around the world who usually practice the traditional sport of hare and hounds, where:

⋄ A well laid trail is at least as important as any social activity.

⋄ The traditional practice is the hounds (runners) chasing a hare or hares (runner or runners) laying a live trail, though a few groups may at times pre-lay trail taking the sport out of it, but making up for it with social activity along the trail.

⋄ Members are friendly to all and remember that it is all about fun!

⋄ Members do not judge others by anything more than their sense of humor.

⋄ Members make older members feel like they are young again.

⋄ Members do not seriously humiliate nor demand the drinking of alcohol, which traditionally is simply a refreshment, not the purpose of the sport itself.

⋄ Member groups accept and welcome members from other harrier groups and honor harrier names awarded them in the past.

⋄ Member groups do not intentionally permit acts that reflect badly on the World Harrier Organization or violate this creed.

Boring Details
World Harrier Organization trademark and this website content copyright 1993 - 2015 by the World Harrier Organization, a not for profit association managed by Larry McDowell dba Global Publications and Software, formerly Global Trash, a not for profit publishing company. Content, to include the World Harrier Organization logo with trademark, may be used in part, but not the whole, by member clubs of the World Harrier Organization listed in our directory for informational or entertainment purposes in their newsletters or flyers. It may not be copied in whole or part, screenshots or any other fashion, to any media, including websites, printed materials, blogs, forums, etc., without the express and written permission of Larry McDowell by any other party other than registered World Harrier Organization groups for their internal use only. See the Contact Us page to request an address to make a formal request for use and any costs external to World Harrier Organization member groups.
Welcome to the World Harrier Organization

The World Harrier Organization is a loose association of friendly groups or clubs who practice the sport of hare and hounds. In this sport, there are hare(s) (a runner or runners) who lay a trail (usually cross-country) with various trail marking materials (like flour, chalk, or the toilet paper used in the second WHO gathering in Orlando picture below). The hares are then followed by the pack of hounds (other runners) a few minutes after the hares are off. The eventual goal of the hounds is to catch a hare before the trail is completed. It is quite fun, with the side effect that you may accidentally get into shape doing the sport. Some participants may run fast, others just jog and most groups nowadays permit walkers to negotiate the trail. They are loosely kept together in ability packs through the use of false trails and ingenious trail design (hopefully). A few groups may occasionally pre-lay trails, kind of taking the sport out of it, but they try to make up for it with social activity along the trail. Most groups in the world chase a live hare setting the trail ahead of them. Groups usually finish their runs with some social activity, song, refreshment and snacks, and sometimes a meal. But, for a better description how we at W.H.O. expects the groups of our loose association to conduct themselves, read the W.H.O. Creed on the left.
      As Stray Dog, our founder wrote many years ago (now updated for W.H.O.), "The World Harrier Organization is a state of mind - a friendship of kindred spirits joined together for a bit of hounds and hares sport, reliving their childhood or youth, releasing the tensions of everyday life, and generally acting a fool amongst others who will not judge you or measure you by anything more than your sense of humor."

How to Join?
All you need to do is click on the Members page. If you are not logged in, you will automatically find the membership application form there. Fill out the form and submit it. Your email address will be verified by sending your temporary password to you. Sign in and change your password, then your membership is complete. If you were a member of gthhh.com, worldhhh.com, hhhweb.com, or worldhashspace.com in the past, you are already a member. Just use those credentials to sign in. If you forgot your User ID and/or password, send a message using the address on the contact us page requesting your sign in details, giving your real name, harrier name (if you have one), harrier group at registration, and original User ID if you remember it. It will save time if you can send it from the original email address from that account if you remember it and still have it. We will help you get back on site once again after verifying your identity. Apologies for any delay, it is all done manually. If you haven't heard from us in a few days, please resend.

Our Direction
If you are an experienced harrier, this is a more universal treatment of the sport than is usually expressed in other associations of hare and hounds, such the Hash House Harriers (HHH). We encourage all types of groups in our association as long as they are generally comfortable with our creed (read it in the left column). We do not, like the HHH, require any social liturgy (i.e. a Down Down) nor do we frown on hare and hounds groups who have a competitive nature. Traditionally, the sport was a competitive one. We accept friendly Hash House Harrier groups that have no problem with our creed (most of the hundreds of groups I have run with on four continents around the world). Most importantly, we accept almost all the other hare and hounds groups around the world who would not fit into the HHH social model – groups who are competitive and/or also hold races, religious groups, teetotaler groups, family and children’s groups, etc. It is not either or with WHO – if you participate in the hare and hounds sport as a significant part of your activity, your organization is a fit with us.

Our Roots
The roots of the World Harrier Organization began from the first Global Trash Hash. This effort was born from Global Trash publishing efforts that began as a magazine in 1993, reference books in 1994 listing groups, then a global annual event in 1995 (Global Trash Hash) that attracted international participation. That same year, we supported a website and on-line directory where hare and hounds groups registered themselves with us - thus began the registry of hare and hounds groups under one banner that you see here. In later years we assumed publication of the InterHASHional News and began offering more and more website and social media features to members and groups registered with us. After a few name changes, we finally become the World Harrier Organization. Therefore, through a continuous ancestry, we claim a founded date of 1995 as an internationally accepted gathering of hare and hounds members and groups who registered on our website, with some participating in our annual event.

Our Website
The publisher’s previous efforts covering the HHH and cross country running will be forwarded here (gthhh.com, worldhhh.com, worldhhh.org, InterHASHionalNews.com, XRunning.com, et. al.) Those efforts emphasized the Hash House Harriers or only cross country running, leaving out a large number of hare and hounds groups who practice the sport in a more traditional manner. The World Harrier Organization is a more inclusive organization and this website will reflect a wider view of the sport. Like the old gthhh.com and later worldhhh.com, we will provide a reference for hare and hounds (once called the Hash Bible), that will now be rewritten to become the World Harrier Organization Manual. Email lists have been created and forums soon created to provide a social media side of our website for our members. As from the early days of Global Trash, we now include a directory of members and groups belonging to the World Harrier Organization. There is a calendar of W.H.O. and member group special events. Within the next year, we will provide free websites, harelines, photo albums and email services to member groups and much more, as we did in the past.

So come on back and we will give you a great site where harriers all around the world can find information, list their groups, exchange ideas in our social harrier media and more or less find a more friendly media and wider viewpoint for the sport of hare and hounds than ever before expressed on-line or hardcopy.

Cheers and On On!
Stray Dog
and oh yeah, Grand Master of W.H.O.
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"The World Harrier Organization is a state of mind - a friendship of kindred spirits joined together for a bit of hounds and hares sport, reliving their childhood or youth, releasing the tensions of everyday life, and generally acting a fool amongst others who will not judge you or measure you by anything more than your sense of humor."
Stray Dog
(from the World Harrier Organization Manual)