A fan of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films dons dark orc armor – not for war, but to raise money for charity in a 10k race.
A the Lord of the Rings fan distorted the imagery of orcs crossing Middle-earth into a more benevolent act, donning uncomfortable-looking armor to complete a 10k charity run.
Known as OrcRun on Twitch, the streamer broadcast what was his first 10K dressed head-to-toe as an iconic Uruk-hai from the Peter Jackson version of Tolkien’s works. The act is all the more impressive when one witnesses the outfit itself: a set of slightly leaner-looking black armor with a bulky helmet that seems to obstruct his vision.
On September 19, OrcRun entered the race in hopes of raising funds for the Canadian association The Alex. The charity describes its goal as providing support to people struggling with healthy living issues, including poverty, trauma, as well as housing and social issues. During its broadcast, OrcRun was able to complete its run in just under 54 minutes, surpassing its fundraising goal of CA $ 1,500.
OrcRun explained that running was a challenge due to complications with the fabric under his helmet, in addition to the strain on the arm he used to hold his camera live. Despite this, OrcRun remains determined to run for charity and completed another 10k race on September 26. The streamer has completed several other races to raise funds for various nonprofits.
While running in weird outfits is a common sight in charity marathons, the full armor outfit seems poorly suited for long distance running. Nevertheless, the Uruk-Hai of the Peter Jackson trilogy are often seen walking long distances. Much of the trilogy contains expansive landscape shots in which the orcs and the community are seen running across the terrain of Middle-earth. In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the orcs head for Isengard with two captive hobbits, Merry and Pippin, in tow. While fans are happy the orcs never reach their destination, the support shown to OrcRun testifies to a desire to see the runner set off.
The streamer’s Instagram account features many of the places he’ll run, including Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada, where the landscapes look like something straight out of Middle-earth. Currently, his Twitch channel has a link to donate to the Edmonton Food Bank, a Food Banks Canada affiliate committed to helping hunger relief.
All three the Lord of the Rings the movies are available to stream on HBO Max. A highly anticipated prequel series from Amazon Studios is currently in post-production and is slated for release on September 2, 2022.
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