Running of the Gnomes 2016!
Running of the Gnomes is back for its 7th year! The “small” run will be held again October 15th, 2016 at 7pm EST on Scarlet Crusade-US.
7pm is race start time, so show up early, get a guild invite to help us headcount gnomes, get one of our super cute tabards, and meet all your fellow gnomies! Be sure to bring your S.E.L.F.I.E camera!
What is this? Gnomes? What is going on?
Running of the Gnomes will benefit the Cleveland Clinic and the creators of the Touhy Vaccine that is currently in the early stages of human clinical trials. If the drug is successful, it could be the end of breast cancer.
Back in 2009, Skakavaz and I came up with the idea to turn SeeD’s tabards pink for the month of October. It was a huge hit with our guild, and at the time, several other guilds on our server were doing similar things.
In 2010 we decided to put together a fun “little” run, with some friends and guildies where we would run from the Gnome/dwarven starting area to the end, and play some games and then have a party at the end, and raise some money for charity. We expected at most 40-50 Gnomes. 140 showed up!!
Why Gnomes? The whole idea was to raise money for breast cancer, and Gnomes were one of the few races with pink hair making it easy for everyone to rock the pink look on a low level character, and the idea of small change and a small gnomes doing big things was appealing.
Every year, we turn our tabards pink, people roll new little Gnomes, in 2013 we had about 1,000 Gnomes show up, and raised $1,305.00! in 2014 over 1,300 Gnomes came briefly causing the server to crash while we were creating the heart and surpassing our $1,500 goal. 2015 was our most successful year yet, raising over $4000 for the breast cancer vaccine!
Our goal this year yet again is $2500 and we hope to meet or beat it!
Why Breast Cancer? There’s so many charities that do this.
October is breast cancer awareness month. We get that we’re sugar coating something that can be devastating for people with cute gnomes to open up a conversation, but for a good reason: Everyone’s been affected by cancer of some form. And breast cancer can affect our moms, sisters, girlfriends, teachers, best friends, coworkers, guildies, and something that we point out yearly, effects even the men in our lives.
One of the worst parts is that all around us there are so many people playing the game who are young who don’t even think about checking themselves, right age to be going to go get their regular mammograms and are putting them off for whatever reason. We feel even if the pink tabards or all these Gnomes remind even just one person to check themselves to get a mammogram or encourage that family member to go in to the doctor who’s been putting it off we’ve done our job for the year. Even if it’s just one person, that’s enough.
Basically it’s really hard to miss around 1,300 Gnomes doing anything, let alone 1,300 Gnomes with the same colored hair stampeding through half a continent. Hopefully we do start discussions!
But over the years, we’ve discovered that so many family members of many of the WoW community have been affected by cancer of many forms. There are people who come to the run for fathers, uncles, brothers, aunts, mothers, friends. The run is a symbol of love for those who are survivors, or those who lost a loved one.
If one person per year makes a doctor’s appointment and lives a much longer, healthier life because of all the people who show up out of love, then the run’s purpose is fulfilled.
But, just in case people miss the conversations,we’re also raising money along the way, and encouraging members of the community to open up discussion about getting screening to prevent and catch all forms of cancer.
What do I have to do to participate?
Easy! Roll a Gnome on Scarlet Crusade, give it pink hair, give it a cheeky name or a name that means something to you (We love tasteful jokes, but please nothing vulgar.) or any name at all, and on the day of the event, Tatayana and friends will give you an invite to one of our two “Racing Guilds” (Gnomies are too low to participate in raids, so this is our work around to getting a head count.) Show up early, and we’ll give you tabards, and people hanging out from various other servers.
Yet again we’ll be racing to Booby, er, Booty Bay, and if we can, this year, our goal yet again is a heart! The first year wasn’t so bad, last year was super hard, and I’m hoping this year we can fill the entire top of the roof with our heart!!
We look forward to seeing familiar faces, people from last year and the year before (did you know you can tell how long racers have been racing by their ranks in the guild?) and new people this year, to raise awareness, and to join us for this fun event! Bring your friends, bring your guild, bring your whole server!!
For more information, images, and route, visit http://gnomerun2k16.tumblr.com