Announcing: Platform Year Five!

Our Sixth Event of 2018!

It’s back! Our annual event returns to celebrate Harry’s fifth year returning to Hogwarts!

We’ve revamped the look, and added beautiful new artwork representing Harry’s adventures: the Dementor attack; the Howler; facing the Wizengamot (and Umbridge); his very first trip to 12 Grimmauld Place. Your registration includes this iconic 3″ medal, custom sublimated ribbon, and your own personalized digital bib!

The Hogwarts Express takes children home. It took an orphan home…and we’re going to do the same! Hogwarts Running Club is humbled to announce the charity partner for this event is RODS – Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome. RODS’ mission is simple. They promote the adoption of orphans with Down syndrome by raising adoption grant funds, one child at a time, and by participating in organized, athletic races and awareness events. They literally run for orphans! The funds they raise cover a large portion of the expense to get children from orphanages in the developing world to forever homes in the US and Canada. RODS’ target for each child is $15,000. The Headmaster cast an arithmancy spell, and divined the magic number of registrations required to cover the adoption of one orphan: 975.

Wait a minute. 975 registrations? 975 — 9.75 — 9 3/4! Okay, that has to be magic.

Hogwarts Running Club has selected SEVEN orphans to support. Ladies and Gentlemen of HRC, we’d like you to meet Conner, Penny, Keane, Zoey, Parker John, Margaret and Xena.

We’re 100% certain we can support five and almost positive we can achieve six…but reaching for the seventh will take a record-breaking effort…and we think you can do it!! If we are successful, seven beautiful children will get out of orphanages and to their forever families. This event is literally saving lives.

Visit rods.org to see their success stories and get a glimpse of the future for these seven kiddos!

We’re also excited to have a co-sponsor for this event! Ragnar is joining forces with HRC to help spread the word and let know people about our effort to get these seven kids to their forever homes!

And don’t forget your event shirt! “The shirt with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches”? Well, maybe not…but it’s a super fun twist on Year Five and the prophecy of the Chosen One. All proceeds go to support RODS and our orphans!

The suggested run date for Platform Year Five is Wednesday, September 12th, the anniversary of Harry’s first flying lesson and the day he became the Gryffindor seeker! Remember, this is only a fun suggestion. You are welcome to complete your 9.75 kilometers (6.058 miles) whenever you want!

Registration closes at midnight on September 23rd (or early morning on the 24th depending on your time zone). All medals will be mailed on Monday, October 1st.

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

Sign up today, and help RODS bring seven orphans home!

Our 2018 Event Six Charity Partner: RODS

Hogwarts Running Club has definitely done #somuchgood over the years. We’ve helped the homeless, we’ve supported refugees, we’ve put legs on amputees, and we’ve eradicated a debilitating disease from an entire country. But this time it’s different. This time we’re not just going to change lives; we’re literally going to save lives.

Hogwarts Running Club is humbled to announce the charity partner for this event is RODS: Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome! Their mission is simple: they promote the adoption of orphans with Down Syndrome by raising adoption grant funds, one child at a time, and by participating in organized, athletic races and awareness events. They literally run for orphans! The funds they raise cover a large portion of the expense to get children from orphanages in the developing world to forever homes in the US and Canada.

You can learn more about them at rods.org.

Last year, our sister club Whovian Running Club, raised enough funds for one incredible boy named Charlie to get to his forever home. RODS was such an incredible charity partner, we felt we could do even more.

We are 100% certain we can get enough registrations to save five of these amazing children. Getting to six will take some work, but it shouldn’t be a problem. But our goal is SEVEN…and that will take a near-record-breaking effort. But we know you can do it!

Hogwarts Running Club has selected SEVEN orphans to that we are going to get to their forever homes. Over the next few days we’re going to introduce you to Conner, Penny, Keane, Zoey, Parker John, Margaret, and Xena. These three boys and four girls ARE going to get to their forever homes. We will not fail them. We believe in the magic of HRC and we WILL reach our goal.

Registration for Event #6 opens tomorrow at noon EDT.

Let’s get these kids home!

The 2018 Event Six Hint #1

The first — and ONLY — clue! Take it away, Headmaster!

Okay folks, this is a short week with the Royal 10k just closing, and our sixth event starting on Saturday at noon EDT, so you’re only getting this ONE CLUE for the theme of the next virtual run.

As for the next charity partner, we’re excited to share this fantastic group with you Friday night at 8 PM EDT.

‘Sharing’ … that’s an appropriate word. People should share. Siblings should share. If one has something that is awesome, their sibling should be able to use it too. Yes, that’s a clue. 

Be here tomorrow night for the announcement of our final charity partner for 2018, and bring ALL the tissues.

We recommend PUFFS brand. 

Royal 10K Complete!

The Royal 10k campaign has now been officially closed. Thank you to the over 4,200 members who have signed up for the Royal 10k!

With your help, HRC has almost completely funded a full cohort for the 2019 6-week Summer Intensive program. Time Turner registrations and the shirt proceeds will also be added to that final donation with the goal to completely support an entire cohort.

Without members like you, we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you for supporting HRC and All Star Code.

The Royal 10k medals will get packed up the upcoming weekend, and the owls will be released to the skies next Monday!

Royal 10k Midpoint Update

::buzz:: ::crackle::

Are we broadcasting? Okay, perfect. Attention, all who are listening: we are fighting the good fight.

In honor of the veteran Auror and select member of the Advance Guard, Kingsley Shacklebolt, we have been seeing HRC registrations for the Royal 10k doing exceptionally well. Over the span of only two weeks, we have processed over 2,600 registrations, and are already preparing the owls to send over 500 commemorative shirts. All of this great work being done will accomplish #somuchgood for All Star Code, and bring many of you nearer to Prefect status, and your houses that much closer to a possible Hogwarts Cup victory at the year’s end.

The danger that lies ahead? The registration limit. For those who have yet to register, it is critical to remember that this will only be a 5,000-medal event, and at the pace we’re maintaining, odds are very good that the Royal 10k will sell out before the planned registration closing date on August 19.

This is your moment — heed the lynx’s warning. Stay strong, remain vigilant, and run.

::pop:: ::crackle:: ::hiss::

Royal 10k Run Day

Royal 10k Update

August 1: Our run date** for the Royal 10k, and a day of infamy in the fandom.

On what should have been a day of celebration and the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, Lord Voldemort’s supporters infiltrate, attack, and ultimately topple the Ministry of Magic.

Kingsley Shacklebolt sent his patronus to the wedding festivities, altering them to the attack, and spurring them to action.

So today, we run like the lynx, in honor of this great Auror, and in commune with one another.

** This is a suggested run date, and like all our virtual run events, you can complete your distance whenever and however you choose! We will be sharing photos of runners who tag the #royal10k event on Facebook and Twitter, or who tag us directly “@hogwartsrunningclub” on Instagram, though, if you want to run “with” us on this day!