The creator of the run, Dravvie, said it's really exciting to see Blizzard embrace the charity race and increase awareness around it.
"We've had people come and tell us they're there for their family members, that they're there because they survived cancer."
"I feel really honored that they saw how much the event meant to so many members of the community, really," she said. "It's very moving."
Dravvie has been coordinating the event every year with the help of some close friends and fellow guild members, including Skakavaz, another brain behind the charity operation. As the years have gone on, more and more people have participated.
Dravvie has also began a Running of the Trolls to benefit the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention service for LGBTQ+ youth.
"There were a lot of people in our now-defunct guild who had been effected by cancer, especially breast cancer," she said. "It seemed like a charity that people would really care about. The year before we had turned our tabards pink for the month of October and people were really emotional about it."
"We've had people come and tell us they're there for their family members, that they're there because they survived cancer," Dravvie said. "Some [gnomes] are named after people. Some people I know personally go in honor of people."
Those people who participate are what make the event so significant.
"I wouldn't be able to do it without everyone who makes it possible and community interest, honestly," Dravvie said.