Announcing: The Stage 5k Clinger!

Take yourself back to January of 2017…

In an effort to provide everyone a schedule of events for the year, a “fake” schedule was published with six absolutely-not-real event names. But one of those fake events developed an unexpected and passionate following in the Castle. The students have spoken…

Potterhead Running Club is pleased to present our first event of 2019: The Stage 5k Clinger!

You asked for it. You begged for it. You threatened to burn the Castle to the ground if you didn’t get it…and here it is!

We are starting off our Sixth Year with a celebration of the relationship between Lav-Lav and Won-Won. Lavender Brown was the very first Gryffindor sorted when the Trio arrived at Hogwarts and was one of Hermione’s roommates for six whole years (we are truly impressed Hermione didn’t crack long before Year Six). Despite the giggles and squeals, we love our Lavender and wouldn’t want her any other way.

Your registration includes this awesome 3″ transparent frosted medal, custom sublimated ribbon, and the always popular personalized digital bib!

In honor of our Half-Blood Prince.

Three years ago, in loving memory of Alan Rickman, the largest event in our history raised critical funds for a first-of-it’s kind pancreatic cancer clinical trial that is literally saving lives today.

(And we know it’s really “on the nose”, but Lavender is a shade of purple, so…)

Potterhead Running Club is proud to announce the charity partner for this event is Project Purple! We are beginning our Sixth Year honoring our Half-Blood Prince by once again partnering with Project Purple to join the fight to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion.

Visit projectpurple.org to learn more!

What is a “Clinger”, you ask?

Lavender got herself quite the reputation for her devotion to and concern for Ron, as she clearly demonstrated to Harry in hospital visit, after visit, after visit…

So don’t forget your “Clinger” event shirt! All proceeds go to support Project Purple, and you can get your shirt in multiple styles including wicking sport tech cloth, or long-sleeve hoodies!

 

The suggested run date for the Stage 5k Clinger is Wednesday, February 6th on Arthur Weasley’s birthday. Remember, this is only a fun suggestion. You are welcome to complete your 5 kilometers whenever and however you want!

Registration closes at midnight on February 10th (or early morning on the 11th depending on your Time Zone). All medals will be mailed on Monday, February 18th.

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

Sign up today and join us in the fight against pancreatic cancer!

Our Next Charity Partner: Project Purple!

In memory of Alan, and for everyone fighting pancreatic cancer.

First: a brief story.⁣

It was just another Thursday morning. Random Tuesday had only one running club, we’d just celebrated reaching 25,000 members, and we were two days away from launching the ‘Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run’. It was January 14th, 2016. Our day was shattered with the news that we had lost our beloved Half-Blood Prince, Alan Rickman. We immediately held a run in his honor, but we spent the next several weeks looking for a way to honor him in a more meaningful way. We did.⁣

The single-largest event in our history was the ‘Half Prince Half Marathon’ in 2016. The donation from that event resulted in a first-of-its-kind clinical trial at the University of Nebraska that now has 76 people in it. While these 76 individuals are at higher risk of getting pancreatic cancer due to their genetics, they are now getting screened/tested every six months in an effort to detect pancreatic cancer as early as possible. And early detection is the only way to survive pancreatic cancer. We are literally saving lives three years later.⁣

So why this story?⁣

This is our Sixth Year. This is our Half-Blood Prince Year.⁣

How can we start this year any other way?⁣

Ladies and Gentlemen of Potterhead Running Club, we are pleased to announce that our first charity partner for our Sixth Year…our Half-Blood Prince Year…is an old friend. The Charity Partner for Event #1 is Project Purple! 💜⁣

Their mission is simple: Defeat Pancreatic Cancer.⁣

So, to honor Alan and all those we’ve lost to this disease, we are once again joining Project Purple in the fight to find a cure for pancreatic cancer and improve the lives of patients through support, hope, and compassion.⁣

Come back tomorrow at noon EST, when we unveil the unbelievable opening event of the 2019 season!

The 2019 Event One Hint #1

2019 is here and it’s almost time for our first event of the year! That also means you get three nights of CLUES!

On Thursday night we’ll announce our incredible charity partner and then, on FRIDAY (not our usual Saturday) at Noon EST, we’ll reveal our first event LIVE from BroadwayCon!⁣

New to PHRC? No problem! These clues are tricky and meant to confundus you, but we promise they’ll all make sense when we explain them. Well, we promise they made sense to the Headmaster when he came up with them!⁣

You’ll only get THREE clues for this event because, well, the Headmaster thinks you folks are getting too clever with these and hopes to keep the event somewhat of a surprise. :)⁣

Good luck!⁣

2018 DIP Hat Drive Results

We Got This Sorted.

When the entire castle sets out on a mission, woe be unto those who question their dedication.⁣⁣
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When the mission is to help the homeless with the gift of warmth around the holiday season, you can essentially tell the world, “Hey. Hold my butterbeer.”⁣⁣
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We presented you this winter with our 2018 Direct Impact Project, and challenged you to a hat drive. Knowing that you never shy away from such endeavors, we set the bar aggressively high: 20,000 knit hats to be collected at points around the world, to be distributed directly to shelters and facilities that would get them to those who need them with all speed. ⁣⁣
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We encouraged all our houses to meet certain goals, and rallied ‘counting elves’ to volunteer at the collection points to make sure everything was in order. We gave you three weeks.⁣⁣
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YOU COLLECTED 41,835 HATS.⁣⁣
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From the contributions of each house, to our beloved faculty beasts, the bags upon boxes upon cases of hats poured in like a woolen flood. You’ve done an incredible thing, and for that, our hats…are off to you!⁣⁣
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??‍??‍? 35 (we love our faculty!)⁣⁣
?❤️ 3,692 (856% of goal)⁣⁣
?? 5,895 (1,420% of goal)⁣⁣
?? 11,899 (1,047% of goal)⁣⁣
?? 19,857 (1,633% of goal)⁣⁣
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…and 7 fleece hats that weren’t counted for points, but nonetheless donated.⁣⁣
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We’ve never doubted the #somuchgood that this amazing community can accomplish…but when you DOUBLE the target number? That’s beyond the scope of awesome.⁣⁣
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THANK YOU ALL for making the DIP challenge such an overwhelming success, and bringing the 2018 year to a close on a high note!!!⁣⁣

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.