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Reminder 13th Annual Running of the Gnomes 20201 THIS SATURDAY 4pm PST/7pm ET Scarlet Crusade US Charity Event to benefit Tuohy Vaccine for Breast Cancer!!

The “Small” run will be held once again on Saturday October 9th, on Scarlet Crusade US at 7pm EST (That’s 4pm PST, 11pm GMT, 8am KST respectively.)

4pm PST /7pm PST is race start time, so show up EARLY, get a guild invite to one of our many guilds, hang out with the community for a good cause, and meet your fellow Gnomies!


Running of the Gnomes will benefit The Cleveland Clinic’s Tuohy Vaccine!

The vaccine is meant to help protect people against contracting breast cancer, and is focused on the most lethal form of the disease: triple negative breast cancer. The team is conducting various clinical trials.

DONATE

You can find information on their current research right now at:

https://www.lerner.ccf.org/immuno/tuohy/


What is this? Is it just the yearly in game micro-holiday?

The 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 community event benefits charities 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, (Plus thousands upon thousands more before that!)


How to participate:

Simply log in on the specified 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 since 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!


Discord?

https://discord.gg/J2ghKZqf


Is there a Hashtag again?

GnomeRun2021


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.

You cannot pick your guilds. It’s just whichever one we are currently inviting to, especially this year as we may have less people online to do invites in our race crew team! We’re sorry!

So far we can confirm:

Gnomes Race for a Cure

Gnomes Race Too

Gnome Three Racers

Gnomes Race Four Us All

Gnome Run Strikes Back

Gnome and the Furious Six

All Gnomes go to Seven

The Last Gnome Run

War for the Gnome Run

Gnome with the Pink Run

Gnomes to Eleven

More guilds will be announced on our social media and discord and edited into this list here as needed if we add more!

Whispering those of us spamming chat with instructions to do so the exact word INVITE will auto trigger our addon (thanks to Ellypse for making it!) to get you a guild invite unless you have a trial account. Again as a reminder we will not swap characters to invite to the guild name of your choice as we are limited in number and try to invite to less full guilds.


Why Gnomes?

Gnomes were one of the few races with pink hair at the end of Wrath of the Lich King, making it easy for everyone to coordinate. They also fit the idea of something “Small” together adding up to something big when everyone works together. What about Tabards?

Tabards were made BoP in Legion. You can buy them in Ironforge for less than 1g, or even easier, you can mail yourself an Heirloom tabard from your other characters. These heirloom tabards can be found in the capitol cities. There’s also gold in most of the Guild Banks that you can withdraw at 1g each to buy a tabard.


After Party?

Yes! We always head to Orgrimmar afterwards to give out kisses, hugs and licks to…whoever is the current head of the capitol! …We’ve licked a lot of Horde leaders over the last 13 years to be honest.


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, but for a good reason. Everyone’s been affected by cancer of some form. Plus, we really realize that breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s issue. It affects our moms, our sisters, but also our dads, our brothers, our friends, guildies, coworkers, and many other people in our lives. It’s affected people that we really love in our community and taken them from us sooner than it should have.

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. Especially in a community where oftentimes many of us feel we’re too young or any number of other things to allow ourselves to put it off.

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 and we hope that’s enough for people to consider making the appointments for the health screenings they’re putting off so we get to keep you here.


Classic Run?

Please note due to health reasons, I will not be able to host a Classic/TBC Run this year as I have for the last 2 years. I will look forward to the possibility of this immensely next year. I ask those who are interested only in Classic to be open minded to the Retail Run or be understanding this year. Unfortunately my health right now are being increased by stress, and I explained further on my Twitter in regards to those issues…I will feel obligated to attend any planned “official” runs to make certain funds go to the Charity that I originally advertised to the best of my ability, and that the event goes as well for as many people as possible. It’s hard to choose to not host the Classic Run since the community is so enjoyable and the runs were so fun with the smaller and wonderfully enthusiastic crowd.

I hope everyone can understand I’m hoping to plan more fun events both in Azeroth and elsewhere with you all in 2022 and forward. Thank you for being understanding!!


I want to help with the run!

Tell your friends! Re share our information on various social media platforms, turn your guild’s tabards pink and talk about the vaccine! Ask your friends to come with you! Stream the Run! Tweet with the hashtag!

If you can’t attend, even re sharing or the tiniest donation helps. I'll try to share in Discord and on Warcraft Cares if someone I know is streaming the event! The point of the run is meant to be a discussion, followed by fundraising every year.

If you have another idea you can let me or any of the race crew know, send me a tweet or send me a message!

Can’t wait to see you all there! ❤️

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