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Event Promotion: Running of the Gnomes is Back for it’s 8th Year!

Author: Bellancia   Posted: October 7, 2017 @ 10:37   0 comments

Note: This is not an OpenRaid event. We are promoting it for awareness of the event.

If you would like to sign up for the event on OpenRaid, OpenRaids MVP Neall has the event posted -

For details on the event, visit -

Event details copied from their site:

Running of the Gnomes is Back for it’s 8th Year!

The “small” run will be held again October 14th, 2017 at 7pm EST(New York Time for overseas friends) /4pm PST on Scarlet Crusade-US.
7pm is race start time, so show up early, get a guild invite to one of our several guilds to help us headcount gnomes and meet all your fellow gnomies! Be sure to bring your S.E.L.F.I.E camera!

What is this?

Running of the Gnomes will benefit the Cleveland Clinic and the creators of the Tuohy 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.

Not only do we want to benefit a charity that we love; but we want to encourage the members of our community (no matter their gender) get screened for Breast Cancer. We also want to take the chance to show a whole lot of love to the people in the community who are currently sick, or who have family members who are sick or who have lost someone to the disease.

Last alone year we had 2,860+ Gnomes, and raised $5,500.

This year our starting goal is $4,000!

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.

This sounds like fun, how do I participate?

Easy! Roll a Gnome on Scarlet Crusade, give it pink hair, give it a cute or funny name. Just not something you’ll get reported for!

On the day of the event for the few hours before the event starts, myself, and friends will give you an invite to one of our few “Racing Guilds” Show up early,, and hang out with people waiting for the event! We’ll put out announcements on our social media to let you guys know when we’re Inviting.

Gnomies are too low to participate in raids, so this is our work around to getting a headcount. There will not be raids, or parties. There’s too many of you for me to even think about setting this up!

There's also a Micro-Holiday!

This year, an in game Micro-Holiday in World of Warcraft, The Great Gnomeregan Run will be something that you can access from any server. It is also on October 14th! While the Micro-Holiday was inspired by our event and follows our race course, the Micro-Holiday in World of Warcraft isn’t exactly about our charity, the spirit is there. However, our actual charity event will still only be on Scarlet Crusade.

They used our race course, and we’ll be following it exactly! You can preview it here, it it’s incomplete PTR state thanks to Wowhead’s hard work!

What's this about an after party?

Every year once the run is done, we release the Gnomes and they’ll take a trip across the sea to run up from Ratchet to Orgrimmar, and go give kisses or lick Saurfang.

You mentioned small change?

The very first year when we expected it to be only friends and guildies we asked guild members and other participants to donate based upon the number of Gnomes who showed up, in small change amounts. For example, people would pledge that for every Gnome that attended they would donate a penny, nickle, or dime.

Some people now donate whatever they can, but some people still donate this way, and it’s fun to see just how many Gnomes we have! A few hours after the run, I’ll let you know how many Gnomes and escorts ran with us, and post it online.

You don’t have to donate if you participate, but you’re free to donate if you’d like! Plus, coming does help raise the amount that some people will chip in!

Why Breast Cancer? So many people do this. There's a ton of other charities.

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.

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 or reads about this 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 around thousands Gnomes doing anything, let alone thousands of Gnomes with the same colored hair stampeding through half a continent. Hopefully we do start discussions that save lives.

Is there a Hashtag?


We use one every year so people can see the collective pictures and videos!

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