Running of the Gnomes 2017 Gets Official Backing!
Every year, thousands of World of Warcraft players take part in the unofficial “running of the gnomes”, an in-game marathon in which gnomes make a long and arduous journey across the eastern kingdoms to the port of booty bay, without any method to protect themselves or armour.
Each year this event is held to support a charity. The Running of the Gnomes is done to support the Cleveland Clinic’s Tuohy Vaccine, and the Running of the Trolls (the Horde faction-side event) is done to support the Trevor Project, which is a national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. This humorous cavalry of low-level players has always been an amazing source for charitable donations, having been run now for over SEVEN YEARS!
This year however it seems that Blizzard is lending a helping hand to get players informed and running in the event. Currently on the Public Test Realm is a series of race-markers leading from Gnomeregan all the way to Booty Bay, with a simple quest to direct players in the right direction. While World of Warcraft’s Micro-Holidays have been fun little excursions before, they`ve never reflected a fan-made event quite like this before.
And it’s grown by leaps and bounds since it began. The Running of the Gnomes has been running since 2009 and has grown from 144 participants to 2,860 pink haired gnomes making the trek to Booty Bay. Blizzard’s taken notice, and they’re adding official decorations to celebrate the Running of the Gnomes. Dravvie has even started running a Horde-side event called Running of the Trolls three years ago to give players of both factions a chance to support a good cause. She’s been absolutely floored by the support that Blizzard has shown her grassroots charity event.
For more Information on the Running of the Gnomes (and find out how you can take part!) check out the Facebook page for the event!