Run, Wizard, Run!

Anyone enjoy Harry Potter? (Who doesn’t??) Anyone like running? (Maybe not so much) Or maybe you’re looking for some motivation to run or walk more often. I present to you..the Hogwarts Running Club!

The Hogwarts Running Club puts on 6 events each year, one every 2 months. Each event allows runners to get amazing Harry Potter-themed medals and a custom bib with your chosen name and number. These events can take place anywhere! You register online and you can run each event whenever you want (within the monthlong deadline), at your own pace. You can run or walk it outside. You can run or walk it on the treadmill. They run on the honor system, so you don’t even have to have a way to prove that you went the distance.

The most recent event was announced this past Saturday (June 4th). It is the #OneHRC House Marathon! Yes…a marathon, which is scary but the concept behind it is great. The marathon is broken up into 4 parts, each representing one of the houses of Hogwarts. There is the Hufflepuff 5K, the Slytherin 6K, the Ravenclaw 10K, and the massive Gryffindor 21K (aka…a half marathon!). Completing this marathon will get you not only 4 medals, but a little keystone in the middle that ties all the medals together.

While a marathon is extremely intimidating to even some of the most physically fit people, the #OneHRC House Marathon, as well as all of the Hogwarts Running Club events, is structured a bit differently. They announce the event, and you have 1 month to complete it…at whatever pace you want, and in however many pieces it takes you to do it. You could do a mile a day for 26 days (with an extra 0.2 miles thrown in there somewhere). You can do the 4 parts on their own. You can run a marathon. Whatever you want.

Previous events that the Hogwarts Running Club as put on include the Half-Blood Prince Half Marathon, the Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run, and the 9 ¾ K Run.

Of course, these runs and medals come with a price of registration. A typical running event they put on will cost you $25. However, the current #OneHRC House Marathon event will run you $50, as the medal is actually 5 pieces and all of them are quite large. In paying the registration, you are paying for your medal, but you are also donating money to charity. And since the Hogwarts Running Club is a 501(c)(3) organization, a portion of your registration fee is actually tax-deductible!

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 1.52.30 PMThe best part of these events is that the money from each registration goes to specific purposes. The Half-Blood Prince Half Marathon profits went to Project Purple, a group dedicated to defeating pancreatic cancer, raising awareness of the cancer, and helping to support patients and families affected by it. And for those that don’t know, we lost Alan Rickman to pancreatic cancer

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The Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run profits were given to One Warm Coat, whose mission is to provide warm coats for those in need, free of charge.

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The profits of the Platform 9 ¾K run went to the Harry Potter alliance for their Accio Books! Campaign last year. Their mission is to provide underprivileged or underserved readers with books!

With the large four part marathon, the registration fees are actually being split between 4 charities; the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida (for the Gryffindors), International Bird Rescue in San Francisco, California (for the Ravenclaws), Friends of Scales outside of Chicago (for the Slytherins), and Save Me Trust near London which catches, vaccinates, and releases Badgers to stop the spread of diseases (for the Hufflepuffs).

OK. Are you interested yet?! Want to get started on your #OneHRC House Marathon? Visit Hogwartsrunningclub.org to get registered and get started!

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One last note…if you want to take your charity to another level, to track your running for these events, you can download and use the app called Charity Miles. It’s a free app that tracks the distance that you run or walk and can be used either outdoors or on the treadmill. For each mile run, they donate money to whatever charity that you choose from their list. The list includes around 30 charities, ranging from the ASPCA and the World Wildlife Fun, to the Wounded Warrior Project, to clean water charities, and Stand Up to Cancer and so many more.

So…what are you waiting for?

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