As you may know, and if you don’t let me tell you, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan! Like most, I’ve read the books and watched the movies. And, living in Central Florida, we’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter several times. Heck, we even had the opportunity to visit the Warner Bros. Studios in London. Ok, let me just say right off the bat – this is not a sponsored advertisement or anything like that! So, that being said and NOT being an exercise person (don’t judge!) I have to share with you my fabulous find! The Harry Potter Running Club …actually, it’s the Hogwarts Running Club, but around here we call it the Harry Potter Running Club lol.
Hogwarts Running Club
Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to The Hogwarts Running Club (a virtual running club)! Ok, in my case “running” might or might not be a little exaggerated! But, let me tell you – I finished a Half-Marathon! Ok, I walked it and it took me 3 days, but…I did it!
So here’s a little bit about the Hogwarts Running Club:
Hogwarts Running Club (HRC) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that organizes virtual running events inspired by the wizarding world designed to promote walking/running, provide unique and awesome medals, and, most importantly, raise money for deserving charities in order to accomplish our mission of changing the muggle-world one mile at a time.
In its first two years, Hogwarts Running Club has raised over $420,000 for deserving charities making a direct impact in the lives of veterans, animals, literacy campaigns, and children battling (and beating!) terrible diseases.
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.
Why I Love the Harry Potter Running Club
Why I Love the Harry Potter Running Club, or HRC?!
My kids love Harry Potter as much as I do. My daughter maybe even a little more?! So, we I ask them to walk 13.1 miles with me for three days, they say yes to a Harry Potter Running Club event! Versus the no I get if I ask them to walk around the neighborhood with me. Even my husband, who is a runner, joined us for the half-marathon walk!
We not only got some great exercise, but some fun quality family time outdoors! We purposely chose some pretty trails in our area to make the trek a bit more enjoyable (and shady). Let me tell you, thirteen miles is a lotta talking!
Along with the family time and exercise, the HRC is a charitable organization that donates to some very worthy causes! This race’s fund are going to End 7. Here’s what their website has to say:
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 are going to target 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!
To Sign Up for Your Own HRC Race
Basically, it’s easy! Just pop over to the HRC website here and register for the event!
By signing up for a race you get a bib (a name/number to put on your shirt, if you so choose), an official race medal (which are completely awesome), and bragging rights because you did some sort of physical activity! For an extra donation, you may get a t-shirt that goes along with the race. Kind of a fun conversation starter!
And, since it’s a charitable organization – you get a tax write-off along with your exercise!
Basically, it’s a really fun excuse to get more HP paraphernalia, lol! And, as a result, I happen to get some exercise. Which is great!
So, if you happen to be a Harry Potter fan, or a runner, or both – go check out the Hogwarts Running Club! They are doing good work! And join me in (virtually) running for a great cause!
And, if for some strange reason you haven’t read the Harry Potter series yet, DO IT! Hopefully you’ll love them as much as we do!