Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Running of the Gnomes 2013



The fourth annual Running of the Gnomes will be held on Scarlet Crusade-US Alliance Side on October 26th, 2013  (Where else would we hold such an event?) Starting in the Gnome starting zone at at 7pm EST 6pm CST, and 4pm PST!! That's race start time, so show up a bit early, get your tabard, and get a guild invite! Running of the Gnomes 2013 will benefit The Cleveland Clinic, creators of the Tuohy Vaccine that could prevent Breast Cancer. 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 500 gnomes showed up, and in 2012 another 500 showed up and we raised over $1,000!!


Over the years, the some of the members of SeeD and their friends have drifted everywhere from other servers, to other games, but we still like to get back together to host this one big event.  Our hope is to see the idea of something small doing something big spreading to other places just as we have.  (And maybe some pink tabards all over the place as well.) Most of us have gotten pretty into the spirit over the years as well. Inspired by our friends at Forge Camp Sunshine, many of us put together Pink Themed Transmogs last year.




This year's goal is $1,500, and we're so excited to see how gnomes show up, and see anyone and everyone from previous years as well as all the new people joining us!

How to I do I join the run?



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, as well as our chat channel "GNOMERUN" 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 or a murloc along the way you deserve to feel pretty awesome! (I fell pray to the tram one year and a panther last year. Yikes!)

Yet again we'll be racing to Booby, er, Booty Bay, and if we can, this year, our goal is a heart! We did it last year, even though it was tricky. Let's see if we can make a bigger one this year!

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.  And it's a good way to start a conversation about all forms of cancer, and getting yourself checked out.

What's this about Small Change? How does the pledge system work?


SeeDlings, and Friends will yet again be pledging small change per gnome to donate to a charity of their choice. SeeD is encouraging people to donate to the Cleveland Clinic because of their work on the Touhy Vaccine, which is being developed to prevent breast cancer in adults and is working towards clinical trials. Also, not only is the Cleveland Clinic working towards a vaccine we’d all like to see come to light, they have a low overhead, and many employers do a donation matching program with them.

Members can pick a "Small Change" amount that works well for them. They're not required to, but a good number of members did last year, and we hope they want to again this year! As you can see, even saying that for every gnome that shows up they'll donate a penny, it can add up! If you invite all of your friends and everyone agrees to do the same, and everyone donates a penny for every gnome there, we can make a big difference just by doing a small thing!

1 Penny=1 Gnome If 10 Gnomes show up You donate $0.10
1 Nickel=1 Gnome If 10 Gnomes Show up You donate $0.50
1 Dime=1 Gnome If 10 Gnomes Show up You Donate $1.00
1 Quarter=1 Gnome If 10 Gnomes Show up You Donate $2.50


You can find our donation site here! http://giving.ccf.org/site/TR?team_id=2650&fr_id=1380&pg=team

After the run I’ll let you know how many gnomes showed up, and you can make a choice from there where and how much to donate!

Needless to say, even those of us who donated dimes in years past wound up coughing up a bit of money! Some of the officers also made bets about if "X amount of people show up, I'll donate This much, and my pledge!" Never have we been so excited to turn over our piggy banks!

You can learn more about the Touhy Vaccine here: http://giving.ccf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=vaccine

I can't go because I don't have a WoW account/an active WoW account!



Make a trial account! Roll a pink haired gnome! If like last year, trial accounts cannot join the gnome guild you can still enjoy going to the event by running along with all of us! If your account isn’t active, and hasn’t been active for a bit, I bet you could get a scroll of resurrection sent your way. I doubt Blizzard would mind seeing you back! :)

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! 

Pgymy oil turns you into a pink haired gnome! You can join us at the start of the race if you're Alliance in your "Disguise" and escort us along, or if you're Horde outside the gates of Stormwind. Horde members can also rock some fabulous pink mohawks if they're Trolls! And our alliance Night Elf Druid friends can even turn into Pink and white cats! Not to mention the outfits you can  come up with! Really the event is about having fun!

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!)

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! Maybe change your hair color to pink, dress up pretty, get on a fancy mount, or help pick up gnomes who get lost. And run along with us. All of our gnomies will appreciate the escort through the scarier parts of our trip!

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 invite all of your friends to the event! Spread the word! Tell everyone and anyone you know! Participate in our contests! Turn your tabards pink, and tell your realm why!

Or maybe you have other ideas of how you can help?  If so, contact me in game!  You can find my main, Dravinna, on Wyrmrest Accord!!



PS: After Party with Garrosh! This will be our last year to party with him before we get Vol'jin as our after hours host!



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Information Coming Soon!

Hey guys! Information on Running of the Gnomes 2013 will be coming soon from the lovely Dravinna. In the meantime, you look at the changes to the blog! Have a good day!