Oct 15-Running of the Gnomes-Year 7!!

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Running of the Gnomes is back for it’s 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 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 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.

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.

History:

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!!

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. Last year, more than 2,450 of you came out in support, and helped us raise over $4,000!

Our goal this year yet again is $2,500 and we hope to meet or beat it! (If we could smash last year’s fundraising, even better!)

Why Breast Cancer? There’s so many charities that do this.

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, which many of the men in the gaming community forget. It affects our moms, our sisters, but also our dads, our brothers, our friends, guildies, coworkers, and many other people in our lives.

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 and are putting them off for whatever reason.

We feel even if the pink hair and cute outfits 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 single person who lives because of this, that’s enough for us.

Plus it’s really hard to miss around thousands Gnomes doing anything, let alone thousands Gnomes with the same colored hair stampeding through half a continent. Hopefully we do start discussions that save lives

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 that will warrent a name report for.) or any name at all.

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” (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 we had to jump in the water. We’re hoping for another great screenshot of the gnomes making a heart on top of the roof.

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!!

/gnomerun and chat channels.

Our chat channel /gnomerun is to connect all of our Gnomies, in game.

During the run we will turn off guild chat for everyone but officers. It’s not a punishment, it’s just because chat scrolls too quickly with 1,000 people talking at once for us to help you guys know where to go. We’ll turn it back on right after the run.

We would like to discourage the act of using /y or /s to communicate with so many of us, as it will reduce the quality of your run, and cause lag or server stability issues. /gnomerun is the best choice, or whispering people of your choice. As soon as the run is over, we officers will turn back on guild chat, and you will be able to chat in both /g and /gnomerun to your heart’s content!

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 Rachet to Ogrimmar, and go

What’s this about small change?

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 a strict fund, 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! The charity of choice this year is yet again the Touhy Vaccine which has made progress since last year and is starting human clinical trials.

Where can I donate?

http://ccf.convio.net/goto/gnomerun2k16

We have a fundraising page with the Cleveland Clinic. We’ve found them to be top notch to use every year! If you have any questions, feel free to let us, or them know!
FAQs-

What about sharding?

I have no idea, but even if there’s sharding, at the very least a lot of gnomes will likely be together, so it won’t matter. The more of you that show up, the better!

What about tabards this year?

Since tabards became BoP, we’re going to have to get creative. I’ll be accepting donations of cloth on Scarlet Crusade, and crafting as many shirts as I can. I’ll also start farming cloth for this. The concept of having a thousand or so shirts prepared for trading is a serious, and expensive, task. I cannot promise that I will have more than a few hundred.

Consequently, if you really would like one of our adorable tabards (they’re pink with a white heart) you need only run to Ironforge and purchase one, or mail yourself the Account Bound guild tabard, and equip it.

Why guilds?

Low levels (below level 10) cannot join raids without a workaround script that has some trouble working reliably. Even still, 2,500 ish Gnomes would need over 62 raid groups. 4-5 official guilds serves the purpose better of communicating where everyone is going, and how many people exactly we have.
Plus if you purchase a tabard, you have an instant cute outfit with a heart.

What about toys, pets and mounts?

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. Dismissing things like battle pets, while fun, will reduce lag and strain on people’s computers. Not summoning Yogg with the low level trinket heirloom tentacle trinkets will also prevent the server from crashing like last year.

Just like tons of spell effects will slow things down, tons of fun toys will too.

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 some lag as well when a ton of them are out. They also leave the trial accounts who are awesome enough to show up way far behind.

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.

I can’t tell you guys not to use any of these things, but let’s try to keep the server afloat!

Can you invite me cross server?

Unfortunately, no, 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.

If I get lost/eaten/fall off/other problem on the run can someone help me?

If you ask in the chat channel /Gnomerun someone can try! Whispering me won’t get you anywhere very fast as I’m on a level 1, and cannot fly, summon or teleport you anywhere. Try finding one of the helpers and ask them! There are a handful of them and a whole lotta Gnomes. Don’t stress if a spirit healer visit happens and you run back! Lots of people run into stuff along the way, so you’ll still be with the group!

Keep in mind, the whole idea behind winning isn’t getting there first, but simply making it to the end.

Can I level my character first or reuse my character from previous years?

Of course! We say roll a level 1, but it’s only a suggestion. You can use whatever character you would like. The character only need be on the Scarlet Crusade-Feathermoon Cluster. See the same answer about high level characters on Scarlet Crusade.

I only have a trial account, I really want to tag along, 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 tag along!

After the run just send us a message on social media with your name so we can headcount you.

I'm a Gnome on Scarlet Crusade, but I'm a high level.

Do I HAVE to roll a new Gnome?

You don't have to! There are many people from the Alliance who run along protecting our Tiny Gnomes!

If you want to feel festive: maybe change your hair color to pink, dress up pretty, get on a fancy mount, or help pick up Gnomes who get lost. The transmog options are endless!! And run along with us. All of our Gnomies will appreciate the escort through the scarier parts of our trip!

(Spiders, Murlocs, and Gorrillas oh my!)

If you ran along and didn't join the Gnome racing guild, please send us a message on social media

*Please remember, we cannot invite you cross realm.*

I only have Hordies on Scarlet Crusade, and all of my character slots are full, or all of my characters on Scarlet Crusade aren't Gnomes!

We love, love, love our yearly Horde protectors! (Even if you help kill us during the after party!) Just send us a message on facebook/twitter/tumblr whatever and let us know how many of you guys are in your group! 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! (PvP happens on accident there sometimes! We promise if you get killed we didn't mean for it to happen!)

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 Dravinna 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, but I like to keep the chaos to a minimum.

Is there an EU version?

Unfortunately not this year as of right now. I wanted to this year, but I’m overwhelmed with RL stuff, and keeping up with video games, doctors, and this is about as much as I can do right now.

If you are an EU player, you can download the US trial version and run along with us through if you wish to participate!

Can I stay in the guild afterwards?

Yes! It’s not an active guild 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 even if they aren’t able to for a variety of reasons, and I’m super hype about people meeting and following content creators who care about the community.

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?:

There's a copy of our map posted on our blogs!

Social Media:

Tumblr:gnomerun2k16.tumblr.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/warcraftcares
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/RunningofTheGnomes
gnomerun2K15
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Reminder that the fancy guild tabards are BoA, so you can get them to your gnome alt.
Hopefully I will be able to participate this year, it always looks like fun.
09/24/2016 03:44 PMPosted by Zapwidget
Reminder that the fancy guild tabards are BoA, so you can get them to your gnome alt.


Yep! As long as you are prepared you can send them! There's even a mailbox where you spawn in!

09/24/2016 03:47 PMPosted by Damonios
Hopefully I will be able to participate this year, it always looks like fun.


I hope you're there!!
Aren't there already enough breast cancer charities? So many other kinds of cancer, but it's always breast cancer.
09/24/2016 06:57 PMPosted by Nofatchicks
Aren't there already enough breast cancer charities? So many other kinds of cancer, but it's always breast cancer.


Get over yourself.

OP: I'll be there.
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OP: I'll be there.


Can't wait to see you there!!
09/24/2016 06:57 PMPosted by Nofatchicks
Aren't there already enough breast cancer charities? So many other kinds of cancer, but it's always breast cancer.


Make your own charity run for whatever type of cancer you choose.
I'd like to join, but I'd probably trample most of you...
I've lost several family members over the years to cancer. It's a real messed up deal... because unfortunately by the time you realize you may have something wrong.. the cancer has often progressed to a point that there's a real risk of recovery being problematic.

I applaud you OP and those that show up. Good for you! Doing SOMETHING is better than nothing.

If you give even a few awareness to THINK about these things... and maybe have some early screenings.. it's worth it if even one person catches cancer early.

I for one plan on bumping this thread every day for some time. Nice post OP.

EDIT: Making this edit after I saw this downvoted. LOL... REALLY? You downvoted this post? You are a sad person with a sad life. Unreal.
hopefully i'll make it this year

i've absolutely enjoyed every year i've gone
09/24/2016 10:09 PMPosted by Buffalotrace
I'd like to join, but I'd probably trample most of you...


Can we ride on your shoulders? :)

[quote="207476083227"]I've lost several family members over the years to cancer. It's a real messed up deal... because unfortunately by the time you realize you may have something wrong.. the cancer has often progressed to a point that there's a real risk of recovery being problematic.

I applaud you OP and those that show up. Good for you! Doing SOMETHING is better than nothing.

If you give even a few awareness to THINK about these things... and maybe have some early screenings.. it's worth it if even one person catches cancer early.

I for one plan on bumping this thread every day for some time. Nice post OP.
/quote]

I'm so sorry for your loss, really and truly. I do this every year and I hear about family members making or not making it, and cancer is just the most devastating thing. And while you applaud me, I think you sharing your experience can help other people know they're not alone, we see a lot of grief and celebration of people that they love.

And I agree: Getting screened for something like breast cancer, cervical, testicular, or skin cancer is really important. It could be caught so early! Several of the organizers have been deeply affected by these cancers in their families. It's a big reason why we picked the Cleveland Clinic, and targeted donations towards the Touhy Vaccine which can help prevent Breast Cancer and is in Clinic Trials.
09/24/2016 10:12 PMPosted by Lavinnelly
hopefully i'll make it this year

i've absolutely enjoyed every year i've gone


I have so much fun seeing all of you every year!!
Ooh. I definitely hope to attend. I remember last year was a lot of fun. Especially the part where people got lost. There were gnomes in Westfall. There were gnomes caught in spiderwebs in Darkshire. It was all very hectic.
Bumped for visibility.. and a great cause.
Last year was great fun! I do wonder how the new server sharding tech will affect things though.
Wow amazing!!

Going to let the know and even post it on the guild website.

If be surprised if I'm the only guildie that shows up, we have been looking for stuff to fill up our guild calander, and been thinking of something like this (a gnome race) and it helps support cancer and is a huge event? Count me in!! :) definitely going to be filling guild chat with this every so often
I'm already on SC and I have a pink haired gnome ready to go! will look for you to join!

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