Hogwarts Running Club (HRC) is a charitable program administered by Random Tuesday, Inc.(RTI) – a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization (EIN 47-4958349) dedicated to supporting charities focused on veterans, youth, literacy, animals, homelessness, the environment and fighting diseases.
In 2014, Hogwarts Running Club donated $10,670. In 2015, Hogwarts Running Club donated $406,171, and in 2016, Hogwarts Running Club donated $873,395 to more than 20 charities by organizing virtual running events designed to promote walking/running, provide unique and awesome medals, and, most importantly, raise money for these deserving charities in order to accomplish our mission of changing the muggle-world…one mile at a time.
There are no membership lists, no dues and no fees. You become a "member" of the Hogwarts Running Club simply by “liking” us on Facebook and admitting to yourself that you'd gladly leave your muggle friends and family if it meant you could study magic at Hogwarts.
Virtual running, also known as a virtual race, is an event that can be run at any location at any time at any pace. You can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or you can participate in another "real-world" race. It's completely up to you! You can run your race at your own pace wherever and whenever you like. Is the distance too long? No problem! You can break the distance up over multiple days to make it more manageable.
You can register for an event by using the "register" link on this website or use the "sign up" button on our Facebook page. These will take you to Events.com, which is the site we use to coordinate our race registrations. Each registration costs $25 (with one or two exceptions) and includes your 'magical' custom finisher's medal, neck ribbon, and a personalized, custom digital bib.
Registration for each event will be open for about a month or until the announced registration limit is reached. About 24-48 hours after your registration, your custom digital bib will be available here on our website. Just click on “Download your bib” to go to our bib gallery. Then you can search by your name to find your bib. Please note: in the first week of registration, bibs may take a bit longer as we have a huge number of bibs to create, so please be patient.
While registration is only open for a limited time, you can complete your distance at any time. If the distance is longer than you feel you are capable of completing, you can break up the distance over multiple runs. Injured? Please wait until you're healthy! If you've registered, you will receive your medal no matter what. Complete the distance whenever and however you are able.
Also, you don't need to submit a time to get your medal. HRC does not require you to post "proof" of your run as we operate on the honor system (unless you are Slytherin...then we demand proof! Just kidding!). If you're registered, you will get your medal...it's up to you to complete the distance.
We welcome everyone to post selfies with their bib or a photo of your GPS watch, Nike+ app, Map My Run, or any other means to the Facebook Event page for each race (and don't forget to post it to your own personal timeline!) so you can receive the congratulations you deserve! You can also use Instagram with #HogwartsRunningClub and your picture will appear on our Instagram feed here on the website! You’ll be “Internet Famous!”
Our medals are produced by Crown Awards and typically arrive a few days after registration closes. We then individually repackage all of the medals, give them to the owls and send them your way. To confuse muggles, we cast a unique spell on our owls to make them look like US Postal Service mail carriers. This spell has the added benefit of sending a digital ‘howler’ to your email inbox with tracking information so you can monitor your owl’s progress.