Club Info

Joining The Hoboken Harriers Running Club

Annual membership dues are only $10. You can give the money to any run leader (e.g., Jim Doyle) at any of the Club runs. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the printable membership form here or on a bar napkin. By so doing, you will be included on the Club mailing list for the newsletter and other notices from the Club.

Club Newsletter and email List

Newsletters are periodically sent to club members, often prior to important Club events. The email list is used to keep members up to date on more of the day-to-day events of the Club. Inquire at a run about how to get onto the e-list when you pay your dues (or thereafter).

HOHA Club Events

The following club events generally occur annually.

  • HOHA Snowball: This charity dinner/dance with live music is held at the Elk's Club and usually occurs on a Saturday night in February.
  • HOHA Classic 5 Mile Race: This 5 mile race and 1 mile fun run start and finish at Pier A Park in Hoboken. The runs typically occur on Mother's Day in May.
  • HOHA Gate Sale: The Hoboken Harriers help with a charity gate sale held in early October.
  • Post NYC Marathon Party: Since many HOHAs run the New York City Marathon, a post-race party is held at the residence of a club member. The NYC marathon is the first Sunday in November.
  • HOHA-liday Party: Held at the home of a club member, the holiday party usually occurs on a Thursday in December.

A Word About Our Name

The formal name of the Club is the Hoboken Harriers Running Club, which is explained at greater length below. The less formal name, the HOHAs, also deserves some explanation. It was seized upon us by our Club founder in May of 1988. There is some dispute as to who first uttered the clever sobriquet, but there is no question that when the formal name was picked it was not selected merely looking for any plausible word beginning with the letters "ha" to complete the clever Club nickname, HOHA (HOboken HArriers). If you are familiar with the term "harrier," you might question whether our formal name is a bit redundant. Because of the obvious potential for confusion, we think not.

If you are unfamiliar with the term "harrier," the American Heritage Second Edition instructs that it means, in the following order of preference, (1) one that harries*, (2) any of various slender, narrow winged hawks of the genus Circus, which prey on small animals, (3) one of a breed of small hounds originally used in hunting hares, or (d) a cross-country runner. Cross-country runners run across open country rather than following tracks or roads. Doesnít sound like Hoboken, eh? In case you arenít familiar with the precise definition of the third person, present tense of the verb "harry" (see asterisk), it means (1) to raid, as in war; sack or pillage, or (2) to disturb or annoy as if by constant attacks; harass. For the purposes of this overall explanation, Iíll assume you either know or can look up the definition of sack and pillage, but be clear that neither word has anything to do with a canvass or paper bag or a Spanish wine of any sort.

So, who are we and are we for you? Well, if you are interested in the Club for the following reasons you may NOT want to join our Club:

  • To loot or rob villages of goods or valuables after its capture;
  • To chase after slender, narrow winged hawks at circuses (sorry Rick);
  • To chase after small hounds which are, in turn, chasing after rabbits of some sort;
  • To sit around and disturb or annoy others with constant attacks and harassment;
  • To gather to provide moral support for the recently unemployed (hint: as slang, the English refer to being terminated from employment as being sacked.); or
  • To sit around and drink dry, strong Spanish wines.

However, if you are interested in us for any of the following reasons, you MAY very well want to join up:

  • To lead or chase after slender and not so slender runners for various distances;
  • To train for a marathon with the advice and company of others;
  • To get back into an exercise regime to improve your health and/or maintain your weight;
  • To disturb or annoy others with constant attacks and harassment during a run or jog, followed perhaps by sitting around and disturbing or annoying others with constant attacks and harassment;
  • To go to a monthly race (perhaps a cross-country race) with a group and compete as a team;
  • To go for a run or jog and then, if you choose, sit around afterward and enjoy a drink, including but not limited to dry, strong Spanish wines;
  • To help support local charities through volunteering at certain annual social and athletic events; or
  • To get to know and occasionally socialize with some active local people.