Running of the Gnomes 2018
Running of the Gnomes returns for the 9th year on October 13th!
The “Small” run will be held once again on October 13th, on Scarlet Crusade US at 7pm EST (That’s 4pm PST, 11pm GMT, 8am KST respectively.)
7pm is race start time, so show up early, get a guild invite to one of our many guilds, hang out with community for a good cause, and meet your fellow Gnomies! Be sure to bring your S.E.L.F.I.E camera!
Running of the Gnomes will benefit The Cleveland Clinic’s Tuohy Vaccine, a vaccine that can prevent Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which is often hereditary and the most deadly form of breast cancer. The event is meant both to spread love to those suffering from or affected by Breast Cancer, and to remind everyone, regardless of gender, to take preventative breast health seriously.
Where can I donate?
What is this? Is it just the in game micro-holiday?
Running of the Gnomes is an event where the whole of the Warcraft community gathers on one singular server, Scarlet Crusade, and travels from the Gnome starting zone to Booty Bay to help raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer.
The yearly migration was so popular with players and the community that Blizzard honored the event with a Micro-Holiday called the Great Gnomeregan Race that occurs yearly on the same date worldwide. The micro holiday provides players with a race course, and NPCs to cheer them on. While the Micro-Holiday occurs everywhere, the community and gathering of players is still held on only on Scarlet Crusade-US.
The entire event benefits a charity we love, and gathers together people worldwide. At the start of the event in 2017, there were over 7,000 players online and $16,600+ raised.
How to participate:
Simply log in on the specificid day on Scarlet Crusade, before the run start time and join us for the run, we’ll have the invites, and you just need to bring yourself!
Because the Gnome Run is very popular, I suggest showing up not 10 minutes before the run if you can help it, or joining our discord for days that we are pre-inviting people to guilds to snag an invite early.
There will be absolutely no Cross Realm invites for this.You must be on Scarlet Crusade or it’s connected realm Feathermoon. I'm unable to facilitate people who are off realm. Simply roll a new character on the specified server and join in the fun that way!
If you do not play World of Warcraft, or play in the EU/Asia regions, you can download and use a US trial account. If your account is currently not active, you can also do the same! Trial accounts cannot join guilds, but you can run along with us, and we do have some ways to count you all. You can also join our discord still!
Is there a Hashtag again?
A note about Racing Guilds:
We ask that even while it’s hectic, or there’s multiple guilds, we ask that you only join the guilds we’ve confirmed for a variety of reasons:
We use the guilds to give out directions during the run, we don’t want people to have unexpectedly negative experiences in a random guild, or be scammed with a false donation link, we do use them to have some idea of how many people are at the event.
So far we can confirm:
1.Gnomes Race for a Cure
2 Gnomes Race Too
3. Gnome Three Racers
4. Gnomes Race Four Us All
5. Gnome Run Strikes Back
6. Gnome and the Furious Six
7. All Gnomes go to Seven
8. The Last Gnome Run
9. War for the Gnome Run
10. Gnome with the Pink Run
11. Gnomes to Eleven
More guilds will be announced on our social media and discords.
Whispering those of us spamming chat with instructions to do so the exact word INVITE will auto trigger our addon to get you a guild invite unless you have a trial account.
Gnomes are one of the few races with pink hair, making it easy for everyone to coordinate. They also fit the idea of something “Small” together adding up to something big when together.
What about Tabards?
Tabards were made BoP in Legion. You can buy them in Ironforge for less than 1g or you can mail yourself an Heirloom tabard from your other characters.
Yes! We always head to Orgrimmar afterwards to give out kisses and licks to the head of the capitol! Saurfang may, or may not, be excited about the prospect.
Why Breast Cancer isn’t there a ton of attention for this already?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We understand we’re sugar coating something devastating for people with cute Gnomes to open up a conversation. Everyone’s been affected by cancer of some form.
We really realize that breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s issue. It affects our moms, sisters, and so on. but also our dads, our brothers, our friends, guildies, coworkers, and many other people in our lives. Anyone is susceptible to it. It’s affected people that we really love in our lives and community.
One of the worst parts is that all around us there are so many people playing the game who are so young who don’t even think about checking themselves or being right age to be going to go get their regular mammograms or are even putting them off for whatever reason.
We feel even if the pink hair and cute outfits or all these Gnomes remind just one single person to check themselves to get a mammogram or encourage that family member who hears to go in to the doctor who’s been putting it off we’ve done our job for the year.
Plus it’s really hard to miss thousands of Gnomes doing anything, let alone thousands of Gnomes with the same colored hair stampeding through half a continent. Even out of game it gets people talking for a day or two.
Even if it’s just for one or two people, and it means that they go to a doctor or we help honor a loved one. We’ve done our duty for the year.
Why not Communities?
Sadly, they only go to 1,000 people. We’re going to continue to use discord though! Hopefully in the future they will be larger!
No. Just, no. We will only be on the RP shard, do not flag for Warmode.
Can you Invite me Cross Server?
No, Please just roll a Gnome on the server.
The Gnomes are all very low levels,and the few high level helpers we are bringing are using group invites to help lost Gnomes as they can. I won’t do this for anyone, and please don’t ask anyone to, as they’ll wind up without anyone, and upset/stressed out at me.
I can’t tell you guys not to use any of these things, but let’s try to keep the server afloat!
Keep in mind that there will be a lot of you all in one place at once. The more toys, pets, mounts you use, the worse it will be.
Not summoning Yogg with the low level trinket heirloom tentacle trinkets will also prevent the server from crashing like one year.
However it’s not your job to yell at people to put them away. In fact, using /yell isn’t helpful either. It only makes the lag worse.
The “Race” isn’t about who gets there first, and people who use the Heirloom Mounts tend to get jumped on by wild creatures as they get ahead of the pack. They also cause a lot of lag client side. If you wanted to ride a mount, the Riding Turtle is perfect for a low level character, as it’s fun but doesn’t get you there any faster.
What if I die? The zones are going to be hard! What if I get lost? People got ahead of me and the run didn’t wait!
Keep in mind, the whole idea behind winning isn’t getting there first, but simply making it to the end.
If you ask in the chat channel /Gnomerun, or discord someone can try! I can’t promise that someone will, but asking nicely might get you some help. Whispering me won’t get you anywhere very fast as I’m on a level 1, and cannot assist you.
The entire purpose of the event is to do something silly but challenging. Laugh and have fun if something happens. 4/8 of the years, I’ve fallen off the tram/gotten killed in STV/or separated from the pack in some ways. I still had fun. Don’t stress about where exactly you should be, the journey and how you experience it is the point.
I only have a trial account is that okay?
YES! The only thing is that you cannot join the Gnome racing guilds. That’s okay though, because once the run starts, we turn off guild chat to help people not get so lost. You will still be able to come along.
We have a way to account for you, so don’t stress out! We do encourage you to enjoy our discord and everything else as well!
I only play Horde on Scarlet Crusade/my Character slots are full.
We love our yearly Horde protectors! (Even if you help kill us during the after party!) You can also roll a Gnome on Feathermoon.
Just keep in mind this is a peaceful event and try to avoid the Alliance cities like Duskwood if you belong to the Horde! It’s best to meet us outside the Stormwind Gates.
Also, keep in mind your ideas to Whirlwind, Rain of Fire, or whatever the Gnomes is impossible, as Scarlet Crusade is an RP realm and the event is held with Warmode off.
I want to help with the run!
Tell your friends! Post this on your guild website! Come to the run! Like our Facebook page and share it with your friends, reblog stuff from our Tumblr! Tweet about it! Spread the word! Tell everyone you know! Change your guild’s tabards and tell people why!
Feel free to send a donation of the materials for a Pink Mageweave shirt to help clothe a brand new Gnome in need to Meiousei on Scarlet Crusade.
If you have another idea you can tweet at me @Dravvie, or leave me a message here. I’m open to ideas, as long as it doesn’t lead to complete chaos!
Is there an EU/Asia Realms Version?
Unfortunately no. Since we’re using the Micro-holiday’s set up, and the Gnome Run is an involved event that requires us in the starting zone off and on for 36 hours straight, we wouldn’t have the time to pull off a second or third one in that time frame.
Also my ability to speak most languages for any Asia realms isn’t fluent enough to run an entire event on any of the realms in question.
If you are a player from another region, you can simply download the US trial version and run along with us to participate! We have a good handful of players from other regions every year!
Can I stay in the guild afterwards?
Yes! They’re not active guilds, but your Gnome will be waiting for you each year!
I can’t attend but will there be a stream/video?:
Not officially yet, but there’s always amazing videos created by the community members that we are happy to share.
If you are interested in streaming the run, please do! It’s a great way for people to partake if they can’t attend.
However we must very firmly ask that you remove personal donation links from your Twitch or other streaming services during the run, and put up a link to the Cleveland Clinic, so that other people do not think they are donating to a charity, when they are really donating to you.
Where are you guys running?:
Wowhead made a video of the early PTR’s version of our race course!: https://youtu.be/aqqwlJOl9DA
You can read about the run’s history in this blog post I wrote for wowhead last year here.