“Happee Birthdae”, JK and Harry!

We know it so, so well: today is one of the most revered, most commemorated, most ballyhooed days on our Potterhead calendar.

From full-scale shindigs, to magical workplace attire, to bonus runs (right?), to dinner themes, to read-a-thons and viewing parties, there are countless ways to mark the day.

So…how are YOU celebrating the birthdays of the Boy Who Lived, AND the Woman Who Made It All Possible?

Announcing: The Royal 10k!

Our Fifth Event of 2018!

Dumbledore wasn’t the only one who had “style”. The future Minister for Magic was a critical member of the Order of the Phoenix: Kingsley Shacklebolt!

One of the greatest Aurors ever, he helped keep Sirius’ location a secret from the Ministry, saved the members of the D.A. during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, and bravely fought at the Battle of Hogwarts. After Voldemort came to power, he went into hiding, but remained active in the resistance effort, contributing to the Potterwatch radio broadcast under the alias: “Royal”.

In honor of all of his incredible magical efforts, we are using our fifth event to celebrate Kingsley Shacklebolt with an illustrious 3-inch medal, a beautiful sublimated ribbon, and Kingsley-themed digital bib!

Kingsley Shacklebolt showed us that with strong leadership skills, determination, and courage, you can change the world.

Hogwarts Running Club is pleased to announce the charity partner for this event is All Star Code! All Star Code is a nonprofit computer science education organization focused on giving young, intelligent, driven men of color access to the necessary skills to become part of the growing tech world. Few organizations prepare this underserved group for careers in innovations and technology. So, in honor of the most significant HP character of color, HRC is helping All Star Code fund an entire ‘cohort’ of 20 young men of color, enabling them to complete their Summer Intensive Program in 2019.

And don’t forget your event shirt! Join the Department of Magical Movement (Running Division), and the funds will go to support All Star Code!

The suggested run date for the Royal 10k is Wednesday, August 1st, the anniversary of the Fall of the Ministry and the date of Kingsley’s warning to all at Bill and Fleur’s wedding that allowed so many to survive. Remember, this is only a fun suggestion. You are welcome to complete your 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) whenever and however you want!

Registration closes at midnight on August 19th (or early morning on the 20th, depending on your time zone). All medals will be mailed on Monday, August 27th.

For more information on how our virtual running events work, please visit our FAQ.

Sign up today, and help brilliant young men reach for their dreams!

Royal 10k
Royal 10k Shirt

Our 2018 Event Five Charity Partner: All Star Code

The Muggle-world is in the midst of an innovation revolution. New devices, applications and other innovations are being created every day…almost like magic.

But there is one group that is getting left behind in learning the skills to “cast” that magic: increasing professional access and STEM education for young men of color is vital to the overall future of the tech sector as well as minority communities.

Hogwarts Running Club is pleased to announce that the charity partner for Event #5 is All Star Code!

All Star Code is a nonprofit computer science education organization focused on giving young, intelligent, driven men of color access to necessary skills so they can be part of the growing tech world. Few organizations prepare this underserved group for careers in innovations and technology, but All Star Code is focused on their futures. They host a 6-week Summer Intensive program (160 young men in 2018)that gives young men of color the computer science skills and confidence they need to kick start a future in technology and innovation. The program is divided into 20-student “cohorts” that get absolutely top-notch instruction from experts…and it’s completely free for the students.

HRC’s goal is to fund an entire “cohort” of 20 young men of color so they can complete All Star Code’s Summer Intensive Program in 2019. We can only accomplish this goal with your help! Check back tomorrow, July 21, at noon EDT for the launch of our fifth event of 2018. Sign up, and help 20 young men reach for their dreams!

 

The 2018 Event Five Hint #4

CLUE THE FOURTH!

This will be your last helpful hint…no, confounding clue…as to the nature of our fifth event of 2018. The Headmaster has been ecstatic reading all the guesses, hypotheses, and wild stabs-in-the-dark thus far. Does this help, or hinder your search for truth?

Tomorrow evening at 8pm EDT marks the announcement of our charity partner, and then noon EDT on Saturday, the veil is lifted — and the event begins!

The 2018 Event Five Hint #3

CLUE THE THIRD!

It seems yesterday’s clue might have stumped a few of you. We use the term “magical word salad” for a reason! We promise you Headmaster is *not* sinister, even though he loves to confuse you!

We hope you are enjoying the week of clues that lead up to the announcement of our newest charity partner on Friday evening, and the official launch of the fifth event on Saturday, July 21st at noon EDT.

Keep the guesses coming!

The 2018 Event Five Hint #2

CLUE THE SECOND!

We saw a lot of love for the Weasleys on yesterday’s clue. Does Clue No. 2 help confirm your original guess, or has the Headmaster thrown you off with his magical word salad”?

Each day this week, the HRC Headmaster continues to unveil a new clue for our fifth event of 2018, leading up to the reveal of the Charity Partner on Friday night, and the launch of the event in full at noon EDT on Saturday.

Do your best to maintain sanity and calm, as you pore over these cryptic clues!

The 2018 Event Five Hint #1

CLUE THE FIRST!

Yes! It’s the Headmaster’s favorite week! Each day this week, the HRC Headmaster will unveil a new clue for Event Number Five, leading up to the reveal of the Charity Partner on Friday night, and the launch of the event in full at noon EDT on Saturday, July 21.

Now…for the new folks: all of these clues are SUPER EASY. They are all very straight forward, and can be solved effortlessly. We also have a sale right now on the Brooklyn Bridge. Everyone can get their own Brooklyn Bridge. You can get two bridges if you’d like. (The Internet really needs a font called “Sarcastica”.)

Putting it another way, the Headmaster dances with sinister glee, as students struggle to figure out his maniacal, magical word salad. Just do your best to figure out the clues, and figure out the next event!

The Half-Giant Half Is Complete!

The Half-Giant Half is complete, and you’ve done EXCEPTIONALLY well from the first day, to the final hours of registration website craziness.

For all you’ve done, the HRC Headquarters staff thanks you!

Get some rest if you need, because there are scrolls upon scrolls of things coming at you in the next two weeks. The medals are being packed by the house elves on Saturday! A poll is going up in the Great Hall to have a say in the resulting “dare-oke” challenge! We’ll be at the ConnectiCon event this weekend! The Headmaster and Bosswitch will be on a Potter fandom panel at SDCC next week!

And dare we mention? (We dare! We dare!) Next week, you have the FIFTH event barreling at you like a rogue bludger!

And you thought this was going to be a nice, calm, relaxing summer…

Half Giant Medals Are Shipping!

The House Elves have descended upon Headquarters and are packing your Half-Giant Half Marathon medals this afternoon!

Thank you, House Elves, for volunteering your time.

Thank you, Witches and Wizards of HRC, for signing up for the Half-Giant Half to support Goats of Anarchy and Toucan Rescue Ranch!

Your miles matter! Your registrations make a difference! We appreciate you!