Facing impossible odds, the students in D.A. came together to change their future. Our charity partner for this event was Debate Mate! In January 2016, we lost our beloved Alan Rickman and decided to honor him with the Always Run in support of Debate Mate...a charity Alan enthusiastically supported. Many young people face an uncertain future simply because they are growing up in poverty. By the age of seven, children growing up in poverty are more than twice as likely as their better-off peers to be behind on expected reading levels. By the time they are in their teens, 60 percent won't get the grades needed to go on to college or get employment after graduation. Debate Mate seeks to reverse that trend by using the power of debate to give disadvantaged young people the skills they need to become exceptional young leaders – confidence, interpersonal communication skills and higher order thinking. They started in the UK, but have a strong global presence, operating programs in Nepal, Africa, Jamaica, the Middle East, and the United States. They believe that every child deserves equal access to a top education and wants the youth of today to find their voice so that they can become the leaders of tomorrow. Please visit Debate Mate to learn more.
There are people going through a battle with AIDS...and we are going to have their backs! Our charity partner for this event was Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). BC/EFA helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. In the ULTIMATE example of Transfiguration in the Muggle World, they turn love into money...and then turn money into love. Please visit Broadway Cares to learn more.
For the fourth year we've revamped the look of the medal and now the front of the Hogwarts Express lights up...yes, an actual LED light!! How? The medal actually opens on a hinge to give you access to turn the light on and off!
Hogwarts is the home of many magical creatures and Antarctica is the home some amazing creatures too! Our charity partner for Platform 9 3/4 Year Four was the Antarctic & Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)! ASOC is a global network of conservation organizations seeking to preserve the world's last great wilderness, which belongs to all humankind. ASOC's mission is to protect the Antarctic and Southern Ocean’s unique and vulnerable ecosystems by speaking for Antarctica and its magnificent species - from krill to blue whales. Please visit www.asoc.org to learn more about this incredible organization!
This medal highlights The Goblet of Fire it includes imagery from Durmstrang, Beauxbatons, and Hogwarts along with the four names from the Goblet who would compete for Eternal Glory! If you think a dragon, a lake and a maze are tough, think about the challenge of overcoming homelessness! The charity partner for this event was Back on My Feet. BoMF's mission is to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness. Their unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives. They provide practical training and employment resources for achieving independence, an environment that promotes accountability, and a community that offers compassion and hope for all in need. Please visit https://www.backonmyfeet.org/ to learn more.
Our fourth event of 2017 celebrated one of the most beloved characters from the wizarding world: Sirius Black. A devoted friend, loving godfather and talented wizard, Sirius rejected pure-blood mania and chose to do what was right.
Our charity partner for this event was Mission K9 Rescue. MK9R's mission is to rescue, reunite, re-home, rehabilitate and repair any retired working dog that has served mankind in some capacity. They believe these hero Working Dogs have earned and deserve a good retirement, a loving home and lifelong care. They provide retiring working dog heroes with transport, adoption facilitation, rehoming, financial assistance for life threatening medical situations and end of life benefits which are currently lacking when these dogs retire after serving their country and their communities. Please visit http://missionk9rescue.org/ to learn more.
Our third event of 2017 was one of the darkest (and admittedly coolest) ever...the Death Eaters. ...but our purpose is to remove stigmas and save lives! Our charity partner for this event was To Write Love On Her Arms - a charity dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Please visit twloha to learn more...and make sure you read the story of Renee Yohe that started it all!
Our second event of 2017 honored the beloved House Elves who have served the Wizarding World for centuries...especially our favorite house elf, Dobby!
Hermione just wanted to do some good in the world. Hermione was determined to make life better for House Elves working in Hogwarts Castle and throughout the wizarding world. Her compassion for their well-being and her support of their freedom demonstrated her leadership abilities and led to the elves fighting to defend Hogwarts in the final battle of the Wizarding War. It is in this spirit, proceeds from this event went to support the Harry Potter Alliance and their Granger Leadership Academy. The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) believes that the world needs more Hermione Grangers.
Our first medal of 2017 honored one of the most beloved characters in the Wizarding World...Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody and featured a MOVING eye-ball medal! Moody never let his injuries stop him. Moody fought in both the First and Second Wizarding Wars and captured many dark witches and wizards, but at a cost. He lost a leg, an eye and part of his nose in carrying out his duties as an Auror for the Ministry of Magic. It is in this spirit, proceeds from this event went to support the Limbs for Life Foundation.
Total 2016 donation: $125,846.25
The medal is Newt Scamander's magical suitcase and is actually TWO medals with a hinge so the medal can open and close! When open, the medal is 3" x 5"! And the beautiful sublimated ribbon is a mash-up of the US Stars & Stripes and the British Union Jack to celebrate Newt's adventures finding fantastic beasts in America!
While some beasts are fantastic, others are not. Currently, more than 1 billion people around the globe, half of which are children, suffer from seven "neglected tropical diseases" (NTDs). Your participation will support the End7 campaign to rid the developing world of these seven parasitic diseases and end the suffering of over a half a billion suffering children. With your help, we targeted these parasitic "beasts" in at least three post-Ebola countries in West Africa. Please visit www.End7.org to learn more about what your donation will accomplish!
Total 2016 donation: $93,397.49
In honor of our four HRC Houses, the #OneHRC House Marathon had FOUR Charity Partners which equally split the proceeds from this event. Each of them are dedicated to saving the lives of the animals who represent our four houses:
The Gryffindor 21k helped Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, build a new bobcat rehabilitation facility that minimizes human contact so these big cats can return to the wild. Learn more at: http://bigcatrescue.org/
The Ravenclaw 10k helped International Bird Rescue in San Francisco, California, build a new aviary to help save birds who are the victims of oil spills and natural disasters. Learn more at: https://www.bird-rescue.org/
The Slytherin 6k helped Friends of Scales outside of Chicago, Illinois, build their reptile rescue facility and provide life-saving veterinary care for abandoned and injured snakes, turtles, and other reptiles. Learn more at: http://www.friendsofscales.com/
The Hufflepuff 5k helped the Save Me Trust outside of London, England, organize three teams in Southern England to catch, vaccinate and release badgers to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis and, more importantly, stop the Badger Cull which has killed thousands of badgers. Learn more at: http://www.save-me.org.uk/
Total 2016 donation: $202,716.67
Our third event of the year - while the timing of this event was purely coincidence, we cannot ignore the fact that we lost our Half-Blood Prince, Alan Rickman, to pancreatic cancer in January. Hence, it is in his honor that the proceeds from this event went to support Project Purple...a team of runners dedicated to defeating pancreatic cancer, raising awareness, and supporting patients and families affected by this terrible disease that kills more than 80% of those diagnosed. To learn more about Project Purple, please visit their website at www.run4projectpurple.org/
Total 2016 donation: $ 133,693.52
Our second event of the year was a mocking of the one character everyone loves to hate: Dolores Jane Umbridge. These HUGE, one-of-a-kind, 4” pink cat plates feature a MOVING cat in the center! Your participation brought hope and happiness by providing abused, neglected, and abandoned children entering foster care with little or no belongings a My Stuff Bag -- an individual duffel bag filled with brand new childhood necessities. To learn more about the My Stuff Bags Foundation, please visit their website at www.mystuffbags.org
Total 2016 donation: $127,469.63
Our third year began with the warmth and love of the wizarding world's most embarrassing apparel. Your participation brought warmth and love to others as the proceeds from this race went to support One Warm Coat and their mission to provide anyone in need with a warm coat, free of charge. Your support helped their efforts organizing more than 3,000 coat drives each year. To learn more about One Warm Coat, please visit their website at www.onewarmcoat.org
Total 2016 donation: $85,516.33
Our year started with Dementors and it ended with the means to defend against them. A Patronus can only be conjured by focusing on one's happiest memories and finding the light amidst the darkest of times. Therefore, it is most appropriate that all proceeds from this event supported the Noah's Light Foundation in their pursuit of a cure for pediatric brain cancer. Specifically, this race directly supported the Noah's Gifts family support program which pays travel expenses for families whose children are undergoing clinical trials for the NOAH Protocol…a revolutionary new treatment for brain cancer. Total 2015 donation: $95,000
The Platform 9 3/4k (Year Two) was Hogwarts Running Club's fifth event of 2015. All proceeds from this event went to support the Harry Potter Alliance and their Accio Books! campaign. Accio Books! is the Harry Potter Alliance’s annual book drive and since 2009, Harry Potter fans around the world have donated more than 200,000 books to underprivileged or underserved readers. Total 2015 donation: $77,500
Hogwarts Running Club’s fourth event of 2015 was the Dept of Mysteries 6.2442! Why 6.2442? Because if you dial that number on a phone, it spells "MAGIC!" And, 6.2442 miles is just few meters longer than a 10k. All proceeds from this event went to support the Brotherhood Ride, a Florida-based group of firefighters, police officers and EMTs who ride bicycles to honor those who have died in the line of duty. They ride hundreds of miles on or near the anniversary of their ultimate sacrifice to remind the families, friends, and the community of the fallen that they are not forgotten. Total 2015 donation: $62,500
That's "V" as in "5" miles of dark and foreboding virtual running fun! Our members took a run/walk on the dark side for the third event of 2015. Our charity partner for this event was Achilles International, an incredible organization with one simple mission: To enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life. Whether it's supplying racing wheelchairs to athletes or connecting a guide with a vision-impaired runner, Achilles International ensures that an athlete's disability doesn't limit their potential. Total 2015 donation: $50,000
In honor of their shared birthday of April 1st, Hogwarts Running Club's second event of 2015 was dedicated to our favorite jokers, Fred and George Weasley! Our Charity Partner for this event was Dogs on Deployment; a national organization that connects military pet owners to loving foster families who care for the animals when the military member deploys. Total 2015 donation: $50,000
Our first event of 2015 was a dark nod to Valentine's Day...celebrated with an awesome custom 3-D medal! Our Charity Partner for this event was Miles for Cystic Fibrosis; an Atlanta-based organization that raises awareness of cystic fibrosis which affects more than 30,000 people in the United States and thousands more worldwide. Total 2015 donation: $45,000
In 2014, Hogwarts Running Club raised nearly $11,000 for The Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; a world leader in the battle against pediatric cancer. Our Challenge Medal, The Deathly Hallows, was available to those who registered for at least three events in 2014. Registration closed at this time