It's back! Our annual event returns to celebrate Harry's fifth year of getting back 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...), and his very first trip to 12 Grimmauld Place. Your registration includes this awesome 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!!!
Ok. That's gotta be magic.
Hogwarts Running Club has selected SEVEN orphans to support. 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 #7 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 https://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"... ok, maybe not, but it's a super fun twist on Year 5 and the prophesy of the Chosen One. All proceeds go to support RODS and our orphans! You can get your shirt at: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/hrc-platform-5
The suggested run date for Platform Year 5 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.