Meet the Houston Harriers
Over thirty years ago a group of runners - Jim McLatchie, Bob Cozens, Al Lawrence, Leonard Hilton, Simon McNamee and Danny Green decided to start a running club. The name Houston Harriers was decided upon because Houston is where everyone lived and Harriers, which are a breed of small hounds used in hunting hares, seemed like a good fit with running. The club's emphasis is on training, competition and development of runners. The Harriers have endured over the years and established a cadre of great runners. Harriers have won forty-seven (47) USA National Titles, two British Titles and three World Masters titles. Three Harriers have competed in the Olympic Games & IAAF World Track and Field Championships and two of the founding members competed in the 1956, 1960 and 1972 Olympic Games. Locally the Harriers are active in road races, track meets and cross country races and the club encourages participation in the HARRA Spring and Fall Series. While the membership includes many ex-high school and college athletes, there are also many members who came to love running later in life. One constant is development of the athlete, at whatever level that may be.
The Harriers have always been involved in the production of running events. In the early days, the Harriers put on a number of track meets, road races and cross-country meetings, including the AAU National Cross-Country Championship in 1977. The Harriers have continued that tradition and hosted the 2003 USATF Cross Country Trials, which selected the team USA for the World Championships. The Harriers have also hosted Masters Track Meets at Rice University and Inter Club Challenge track meets geared towards runners of local clubs. The current officers are:
President - Dave Wittman
First Vice - President Cindy Sosa
Second Vice-President - Hersh Levitt
Secretary & Membership - Christine Jacobsen
Treasurer - David Chester
Annually the club has a number of social and athletic events for club members. The main social events include an Awards Party in January, Annual Meeting in June. Other events include a holiday cross country race for the Leonard Hilton Cup, a 5000-meter track race for the McNamee Trophy and the McLatchie Challenge. The Harriers have also been known to congregate after hill workouts on Buffalo Bayou in the fall and some members will meet for runs in and around Memorial Park on the weekends. The Harriers publishes a monthly newsletter to keep members informed of what's going on and who's doing what. Annual membership is $15 for individuals and $20 for families. For inquires or additional information, please see the Contact tab on the Harrier's web site at www.houstonharriers.com.