2018 Direct Impact Project #2: Knit Hat Drive

Let’s Get This Sorted!

The winter Direct Impact Project Competition of 2018 is now open!

Over the last three years, the Witches and Wizards of HRC have come together to donate scarves, socks, coffee, animal shelter supplies, humanitarian aid items, and, of course, a whole lot of bandages! It’s time to make some magic again!

There is no specific charity beneficiary for this Direct Impact Project (DIP) like we had for bandages (Noah’s Bandage Project) or humanitarian aid (Carry the Future). This DIP is all about showing strangers kindness with a simple but incredibly important gift.

The final Direct Impact Project for 2018 will be donating warm, knit winter hats for the homeless!

Project Dates

Monday, 26 November to Friday, 14 December. Packages must be postmarked no later than 12 December and received at collection points no later than 14 December to count for House Points. See the full details in the rules (posted on Facebook in the "HRC Great Hall" closed group, or email us at media@rantue.org for a copy.)

Items to Be Donated

Knit caps, knit hats, knit beanies, or ”toques” (pom-poms are fine!).

Overall Donation Goal

20,000 hats for the homeless!

House Point Scoring & Goals

2 hats = 1 point or 1 hat = ½ point. House Goals for this DIP are in the full rules (again, email media@rantue.org for that rules document), but we want you to know that the goals have been reduced for all houses by about 30%. We know it's the holidays and funds/time can be tight, so we took that into account. That said, we fully expect HRC/PHRC to blow the 20,000-hat goal out of the water!

Donation Specifications

Hats should be knit, warm winter hats. They can be purchased, made by hand, or donated from your closet. See the rules document for complete specifications and examples of acceptable hats.

Collection Point Locations

We have organized several HRC/PHRC members at EIGHT locations around the world. They have volunteered to receive the hats and organize distribution to local shelters and charities who will get the hats to those in need. There are five locations in the US, and one each in Canada, Europe and Australia. To find out YOUR regional Collection Point address, simply email us at media@rantue.org, and we'll reply with specific information. (Likewise, addresses for Collection Points will be posted in our closed Facebook groups only, and should NOT be posted elsewhere on social media. Please respect our awesome volunteers. Thank you!)

Time to join forces with your House and “let’s get this sorted!”

2019 PHRC Preregistration Opens!

The Letter has arrived! It’s finally here!

This is your chance to pre-register for all of next year’s events, and guarantee your Perfect Prefect status for 2019!

And you’re getting them at a discount: because this will help us predict expenses, you’re getting $15 off the regular donation/registration fees, and international members are saving $10 off their international shipping fees.

Your pre-registration includes all six “regular season” PHRC events, the always gorgeous and huge Challenge Medal, your Perfect Prefect pin, and custom digital bibs for each event.

And we’ve added two OPTIONAL items for you!

Throwback Medals

Pre-register for the 2019 Throwback Medal! No one knows which past medal will come back and be re-imagined by the Bosswitch, but if you know you’re going to want (need) it nonetheless, you can sign up now and won’t have to worry about missing it!

(The Throwback medal is not required for Perfect Prefect status.)

Luna’s Fund Donations

Donate to the 2019 Luna’s Fund!

Many participants have asked for the ability to make an end-of-year donation to benefit Luna’s Fund in 2019. All of these donations will be evenly distributed across the six “regular season” events to sponsor those who apply for sponsorship. It’s another way our incredible PHRC community seeks to support one another, and keep doing #somuchgood.

Important Notes:

For each event throughout the year, your medal will be automatically mailed with all other medals one week after the normal registration closes. Here are the APPROXIMATE dates of mailing for each event:

  • Event 1: February 18, 2019
  • Event 2: April 1, 2019
  • Event 3: May 13, 2019
  • Event 4: June 24, 2019
  • Event 5: August 19, 2019
  • Event 6: September 23, 2019
  • Challenge Medals: December 16, 2019**

**Throwback medals will be shipped with the Challenge medals.

Sign up today and do even more #SoMuchGood!

Announcing: The Potterhead Running Club!

Now a Fanthropy Running Program

Random Tuesday is announcing the rebranding and change to the programmatic structure for its oldest and largest charity fundraising and fitness community known as the Hogwarts Running Club. While changes will gradually occur over the next several weeks, effective 1 January 2019, Hogwarts Running Club (HRC) will be permanently re-named as the Potterhead Running Club (PHRC). Furthermore, all of RTI’s running clubs will become part of a pantheon collectively known as “Fanthropy Running Programs.” Fanthropy is the intersection of fandom, physical fitness and philanthropic efforts.

We are committed to this change to best serve our established online community of 65,000+ fans of the ‘Harry Potter’ book and film series, self-identified as ‘Potterheads’, and together serve our mission to promote personal fitness while supporting charitable organizations as a fandom-centric community.

This change is happening for three primary reasons:

  1. We are Potterheads. Plain and simple. So, renaming HRC to Potterhead Running Club better focuses on our fandom rather than a physical, albeit awesome, fictional location in our beloved stories.
  2. We want to avoid any confusion whatsoever between our fandom-centric, non-profit activities and Warner Brothers. We are fans of Harry Potter and we support WB’s official programs and products.  We don’t want to compete with WB or make anyone think that WB is involved with us or our programs.  Although we’ve always been clear about that in the past, this rebranding sends a loud and clear message that we are a group of Potterheads—fans—and that our work is an unofficial fan endeavor.
  3. We want to properly align all of RTI’s running clubs under a single “umbrella” known as Fanthropy to highlight the fact that we are fandom-centric group committed to making a positive change in the world.

Questions and Answers

We know you are going to have a lot of questions as to the reasons for this change and how this change will impact you.

QUESTION #1: Did WB make us to change our name?

ANSWER #1: In a word: No. We never want to get to the stage where WB has to “make us” do anything!  We chose our new name because it best represents who we are and because we want to make sure that stays true.  This is a voluntary change to emphasize that we are a fandom-based non-profit. Warner Brothers has been very pro-active about its trademarks, including with fan groups.  We never want to put our charitable work and community at risk. Seeing what has happened with festivals is part of our motivation—and we are excited about the direction it has taken us.

QUESTION #2: Does this mean we never had permission to use Hogwarts?

ANSWER #2: We’ve always made clear that that we are not associated with Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J.K. Rowling and her representatives. We’ve never asked for Warner Brothers’ endorsement. While we’ve always supported the world of stories and products that Warner Brothers has created, we’ve always operated on our own and have never asked for their involvement in our community or work.  Trademark law isn’t about owning all uses of particular words, it’s about preventing consumer confusion, and we’ve always sought to avoid confusion.  One of the goals of this re-naming is to do even more to avoid confusion by using a word that refers to all Harry Potter fans.

QUESTION #3: What is Fanthropy?

ANSWER #3: The concept of Fanthropy is simple. It’s “Fandom” plus “Philanthropy.” Fanthropy will become RTI’s sole program for fandom-focused virtual running clubs. We will attend conventions as Fanthropy and keep everything under this umbrella. If RTI decides to do a non-fitness, but still fandom-related charitable endeavor in the future, that will be a separate program.

QUESTION #4: What changes will we see?

ANSWER #4: Over the coming weeks you’ll see changes to our website, social media profiles, logo, graphics, communications and correspondence. You will see those visual and naming updates within our closed group communities like the Great Hall and Common Rooms. You will NOT see changes to our operations. We will continue the same number and type of events, medals will still be mailed, the online communities will continue to be amazing, and miles will still be logged to advance your physical fitness goals. We will simply do so as Potterhead Running Club.

QUESTION #5: What about the HRC gear (event shirts, Horizont Alley stuff, etc) I have?  Can I still wear it?

ANSWER #5: We’re proud of everything the HRC has done and we hope you are too!  Everything you got in the past shows that pride, and we think they’re just as cool as they’ve always been.  (And now, they’re collectors’ items, too!)  PLEASE continue to wear your HRC shirts, hats and hoodies! We are going to redirect our current URL to the new PHRC website, so you can still wear your billboard shirts and event shirts and people won’t end up at a dead link. That said, make sure you talk about Potterhead Running Club whenever you can!

QUESTION #6:  What will change with Horizont Alley? Are there going to be new Potterhead shirts?  What happens to all of the old HRC stuff?

ANSWER #6:  We will be introducing new items that reflect the name change and new items for ALL clubs with new logos and reflect the Fanthropy concept after January 1st.  And we are going to try to clear out as much HRC stuff as possible so we can change over to talking about PHRC in the new year! To that end, all items on Horizont Alley are going on sale immediately. Everyone using the code SOMUCHGOOD will get 30% off their entire order. This will continue until November 20th when we update the code to be worth 50% off! You can chose to wait until the bigger discount, but the item/size you want may be sold out and we are not restocking any items.

QUESTION #7: How will this impact Regional Groups?

ANSWER #7: All 100+ HRC Regional Groups will be renamed as Fanthropy Regional Groups so participants from all of RTI’s Fanthropy Running Programs can come together for their geographic area. Potterheads, Whovians, Chiltonians, and members of all fandoms will be welcome in the regional groups.

QUESTION #8: What does this mean for members of Whovian Running Club? What about Chilton Running Club?

ANSWER #8: Very little. WRC and CRC will continue mostly unaffected. WRC and CRC will now be part of Fanthropy and have new logos. It’s likely you’ll see some new/updated items at some point in the new year, so the Horizont Alley discount applies to all of the WRC and/or CRC merch as well!

In closing, Keep Calm and Carry On! We will continue to run our programs the same way under the new structure and naming convention. We’ll run the same event schedule, enjoy our houses and faculty groups, treasure our online and real-world friendships, compete in extra fun like the House Cup, Racery, and Charity Miles, enjoy the fandom in exactly the same way, and subject you all to the same weird sense of humor.

Thank you for your support as we continue to harness the power of fandom to change the world…one mile at a time.

Announcing: The 2018 Time Turner!

Our 2018 Year-End Celebration Event!

It’s finally here! This is your chance to register for those events you might have missed in 2018 and register for the amazing Phoenix Challenge medal!

The Time Turner is NOT a running event and there is no “Time Turner Medal”…this is our way of “turning back the clock” to reopen previous Hogwarts Running Club events for the year.

CRITICAL INFORMATION: First, use the “+” sign to select the number of PEOPLE you are registering. After you enter your registration information, you will see a series of “Required” items for each person. You are NOT, repeat – NOT, required to register for every event, but you are required to answer each item by choosing to add the event OR selecting “No Thanks.” You will see $25 added to your total for each event you select. If you get to the end and your total is ZERO, you have not selected any events and you need to go back and change your answers as appropriate.

Now you can register for the following events and continue supporting our 2018 charity partners:

Also, if you have registered for at least THREE HRC events in 2018 (or get to three or more with your Time Turner registration), you have qualified and can register for, the awesomely HUGE 5″ Phoenix Challenge medal. The proceeds from these registrations will be distributed across our seven charity partners for 2018. We will be double-checking registrations, so PLEASE do not select for the Phoenix Challenge Medal if you haven’t registered for at least three of the 2018 HRC events listed above either earlier in the year OR during your Time Turner registration.

If you have signed up (or will sign up during this event) for all SIX events AND the Phoenix Challenge Medal, you will become a 2018 Perfect Prefect and your free Perfect Prefect pin will automatically be included with your Phoenix Challenge medal.

Two years ago, we introduced the concept of the “Throwback Medal”, and this year we did more than just re-release old medals…our Bosswitch re-imagined four 2014 medals for you to choose from. You voted, and the Hedwig Memorial Run 5k has been selected as the 2018 Throwback Medal! Proceeds from the Throwback Medal will be distributed across our 2018 Charity Partners.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Hedwig Memorial Run Throwback Medal does not count towards this year’s Challenge Medal, and is not required for 2018 Perfect Prefect status!

There are NO limits to the number of registrations and we will NOT sell out! Since the Time Turner has UNLIMITED registrations, medals will not be ordered until 1 November and will not arrive until December. Hence, Time Turner medals won’t be mailed until December 17th.

Finally, the shirts:

We’ve also added a fiery “Year in Review” shirt to celebrate another year of awesomeness!

And finally, all of the 2018 event shirts are back! You can get all of them in our exclusive shirt gallery.

Sign up today, and do even more #SoMuchGood!

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 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!

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!

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