“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 gathering of players is still held on only on Scarlet Crusade-US. The entire event benefits a charity we love, and gathers together people worldwide. At the start of the event in 2017, there were over 7,000 players online and $16,600+ raised.”
The event benefits The Cleveland Clinic’s Tuohy Vaccine – “a vaccine that can prevent Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which is often hereditary and the most deadly form of breast cancer.”
Everyone can participate by rolling up a pink-haired gnome over on the Scarlet Crusade server (apparently Feathermoon works too) and trundle on down to the Gnomeregan entrance to wait for the go-ahead to start the run to Booty Bay. Non-subbers can use a free US trial account as well. If you’re angling to donate, do that right here.