Running of the Gnomes Charity Event on October 9th 4pm PDT
It is once again that time of year when a very small micro holiday happens; it's the
Running of the Gnomes
. This year, the 12th annual in-game charity event takes place on
October 9th, 2021, at 4pm PDT on the Scarlet Crusade server
, with proceeds benefiting the Cleveland Clinic's Tuohy Vaccine, which is being created to prevent Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
To join in the fun, simply roll a level 1 Gnome on the Scarlet Crusade US server! You can also donate to this year's charity at the link below. Any questions? Join the
Donate to the Cleveland ClinicFull Event Details
Unlike in the past, there will be no Classic version of the event this year.
What is this? Is it just the 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 the gathering of players is still held only on Scarlet Crusade US.
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 early aka not 10 minutes before the run if you can help it, or joining our discord a few days before 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 normally but want to attend, 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!
Blizzard added the race as an official micro-holiday,
, setting up race markers from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay lined with cheering gnomes! You may catch familiar faces like gnome hunter
, infamous gnome mage
, and a spectral gnome warlock
who met his untimely demise at the hand of
In 2017, we asked
, the founder of the event, to share her thoughts on how the event has grown through the years and how Blizzard worked to add this event as a micro-holiday. She was kind enough to write a detailed blog for Wowhead--
click here to read the full article
Are you a gnome? Do you know a gnome? Would you like to BE a gnome? (And who wouldn’t?) Then rise UP to the challenge of The Great Gnomeregan Run on Saturday, October 10 from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay.
The fun begins outside the gnome starting area and ends in Booty Bay
Alliance-Only (Don’t worry, all players can create a level 1 gnome and join in the fun too.)Whether you’re a level 1 gnome (highly encouraged), a level 87 Dark Iron dwarf, or a level 120 worgen, you’ll be able to join in this fun run beginning in the gnome starting area, winding through Dun Morogh, Ironforge, the Deeprun Tram, Stormwind, Elwynn Forest, Duskwood, and Stranglethorn Vale where the run culminates in Booty Bay.Participants can begin their race by picking up the quest, “The Great Gnomeregan Run” from Mina Gleespanner in New Tinkertown which is located just outside of the gnome starting area. The event last all day so you can choose when it’s most convenient to set your best personal record.
It's a big big BIG world out there, but don’t worry about getting lost, there will be course markers and spectators along the way to help keep you on track. You’ll even see a few familiar faces among the onlookers including some new mechagnome friends!
Stranglethorn Vale is a dangerous place for low-level characters so you may want to find some muscle to join you along the way for a little extra protection. If you’re a higher-level character, think about playing chaperone for a gnome. Concerned about getting ambushed by enemy Horde? Fear not, level 1 gnomes (and any player under level 20) can’t be attacked by enemy players. Higher-level Alliance escorts who also don’t want to engage in world PvP can turn Warmode off in Stormwind.
Once you make it to the race’s end in Booty Bay, make sure to turn in your quest to Prince Erazmin to complete the run.Whether short or tall, it will be a good time for all.
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