The third annual Running of the Gnomes will be held on Scarlet Crusade-US Alliance Side October 27th Starting in the Gnome starting zone!! The run will start at 8pm ST/CST! (That's 6 PST, and 9 EST!)
Running of the Gnomes 2012 will benefit The Cleveland Clinic, creators of the Tuohy Vaccine that could prevent Breast Cancer. This year we’ll even have two exciting contests! Read on for more!!
Why are you guys doing this? What's going on? Gnomes?!
Back in 2009 Skakavaz and I came up with the idea to turn SeeD's tabard Pink for the month of October. It was a huge hit with our guild, everyone taking to heart the idea of spreading Breast Cancer awareness. In 2010, we decided to put together a fun "little" run with some friends where we'd run from the gnome starting area to the end, and play some games and then have a party at the end, and raise some money for charity. We turned our tabards pink, rolled our pink haired gnomes and....A LOT of gnomes showed up!!! Our "little" run turned out to be a lot of folks, who had a great time, and it was a pretty meaningful event for many people. A lot of us had a blast! We promised it would be a yearly event, and in 2011 FIVE HUNDRED or more gnomes showed up not even counting all the other amazing people who came along and lagged up the server in the name of raising awareness, funds and having a good time! We cannot wait to see everyone again and see how many gnomes show up this year!!
Get to the fun stuff!! Gnomes, running!! How do I do it??
Easy! Roll a gnome, 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 our "Racing Guild" (Gnomies are too low to participate in raids, so this is our work around.) Show up early, and we'll give you tabards, and people hanging out from various other servers.
Last year, gnomes who were on a Trial Account couldn’t join guilds, but they could still run along! We’re still all talking in say, and the run is pretty fun/crazy! If you make it to the end without falling off the tram or being eaten by all that’s in Strangethorn you deserve to feel pretty awesome! (I fell pray to the tram one year. Yikes!)
Yet again we'll be racing to Booby, er, Booty Bay, and if we can, this year, our goal is a heart! Challenge mode activate!!
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!!
What's the point? How does a bunch of Gnomes and Pink Tabards do anything for Breast Cancer?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Everyone's been affected by cancer of some form. And, Breast Cancer can affect our Moms, Sisters, Girlfriends, Teachers, Best Friends, Co-Workers, it can even affect Men! Breast Cancer is something that with vigilance can be caught early, and catching it early can save a life. If people start talking about why the tabards are pink and everyone’s running around wearing them, it can spark conversations with our loved ones and the people in our lives. If one pink tabard or all of those gnomes reminds even just one person to check themselves, or go 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.
But we're also raising money along the way, playing games, and talking to our members about screening, and encouraging them to talk to family members who have been putting off going to the doctors.
You mentioned contests?!?
Yes! We decided to add two exciting contests with prizes this year!
First off is Best Dressed Level 1 Gnome!
Submit your screenshot (1 screenshot please!) of your level 1 Gnome. Nothing is too fancy, nothing is too plain! Get creative with your screenshot, costume, ect!
Submit your screenshots to our facebook page starting September 25th entries through October 20th. The most likes win! Your entry should have your charchter's name somewhere in and or on it, so we can contact you!
If you do not wish to post them on the facebook page yourselves email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org I will post them as I can!
There will be a 1st, 2nd and a 3rd prize handed out at the end of the race!
Unless the server crashes or the lag is too bad, and if that’s the case, we’ll email the contest winner to set up prize collection!