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 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 usually 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. expect the groups of our loose association to conduct themselvs, 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.
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.
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.
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!
and oh yeah, Grand Master of W.H.O.