Welcome to Broom Race - the race across Sweden!
This year sees the fifth consecutive running of this race at HOL. Created by Prof. Dom Gaidin for the 2008-2009 school year, Broom Race - The Race Across Sweden has become known as one of the more challenging (and fun) classes of the school.
When Professor Gaidin decided to study dragons in Romania and was not going to hold the class, both Professor Black1 (Dom's class assistant) and Professor Mott2 (a two-time race winner) were asked by various participants of earlier races if the class could be held again. We asked him if he minded if we ran his class for him. He gave us his blessings and also said we could use the set-up that he created. So all thanks to Professor (SeekerDude) Gaidin!
Broom Race is not a conventional class with a lesson and associated assignment each month. Instead, students (or "competitors") will take part in the famous wizarding broom race — from Kopparberg to Arjeplog. Each stage on the race will be accompanied by various puzzles and challenges, and by completing these you can gain time bonuses as you compete against your fellow racers to the finish line and the Swedish Short-Snout trophy.
This annual broomrace dates back to the tenth century and attracts witches and wizards from all over the world both as competitors and spectators. For those able to race and enjoy the scenery at the same time, the route will undoubtedly offer up some fantastic views, and a spot or two of danger as well, as it cuts through one of Sweden's famous dragon reserves. The race is just a little shy of 500 miles (note that the "slightly over 300 miles" quoted in Quidditch Through the Ages is an error) and with the help of today's advanced racing brooms, organisers are expecting all the records to be smashed yet again this year.
The current record for the fastest finish is 6 hours and 28 minutes and 45 seconds, set by Cosmo Brown of Hufflepuff in the 2009-2010 race, beating her previous record by seven seconds. That's an average speed of over 75 miles per hour for the entire journey, although maximum speeds during the race have been recorded well in excess of that.
In terms of this "class" obviously we can't all go to Sweden and literally take part, but hopefully there'll be enough challenge and fun for everyone to have an interesting and memorable "race." This is how the "race" will work for HOL students:
You can view the route of the race, and the current challenges for each stage by clicking on "Stages" in the navigation bar at the top of each page. The current standings can also be found there, along with a link to the race discussion forum.
We hope you enjoy taking this alternative class, and if you are not taking it, you can still feel free to "spectate" and offer encouragement to the competitors.
Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
Prof. Cosmo B. Mott
1 Professor Black was class assistant and raced under her student name of Tarma Black.
2 Professor Mott raced under her student name of Cosmo Brown.