If you're playing World of Warcraft (opens in new tab) this weekend and see a legion of pink-haired gnomes charging at you, don't worry—you've just found yourself in the middle of the Running of the Gnomes. It's an annual player-run event where players roll a gnome and race all the way from Gnomeregan to Booty Bay to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
Organised by Dravvie (opens in new tab), Running of the Gnomes raises money for The Pink Fund (opens in new tab), a charity that provides financial assistance, from housing to insurance, to people with breast cancer. As well as racing, you can donate here (opens in new tab). In 2017, the event managed to raise more than $16,000.
Since 2017 Blizzard has marked the event with a micro-holiday that takes place on every server, complete with cheering NPCs, though the player-run event only takes place on Scarlet Crusade-Feathermoon, so that's where you'll want to be if you want lots of competition. It begins at 7 pm ET on October 12.
There are two WoWs now, of course, and Classic (opens in new tab) players will also be able to participate on the Bloodsail Buccaneers server. You'll even have time race in both games, as the Classic version won't kick off until 7pm ET on October 19. The route is a bit trickier in Classic, but if you've already participated in the race before, you might be up for a new challenge.
Dravvie recommends showing up early so you can get a guild invite, or you can head to the Discord channel (opens in new tab) where the race is being planned and get an early invite. There's an FAQ (opens in new tab), too, which you might want to check out if you're a first timer.