Run in the Dark returns this November with a virtual facelift

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Thousands of runners and walkers across the globe will light up the night in mid-November as Run in the Dark returns as a virtual event.

Participants will run choose their own route on on Wednesday 18 November and track their run on the official app to place on a global leaderboard.

Run in the Dark was founded ten years ago after the blind adventure athlete, Mark Pollock, suffered a paralysing fall.

This year, running separately while connecting digitally across seven continents, the global movement will light up the night as people hit the road for the Mark Pollock Trust and fundraise for Collaborative Cures.

“Millions of paralysed people worldwide don’t have the option to stand up, to walk or to run,” said Mark Pollock, speaking about his fundraising event.

“You can help change that reality as you train and compete virtually with 25,000 people worldwide at Run in the Dark on 18 November.

“All your additional donations and fundraising will support our new charity partner Collaborative Cures to bring people together to cure paralysis in our lifetime.”

Run in the Dark CEO, Paula Cunniffe, added that when the world feels so uncertain, it’s easy to forget to look after ourselves.

“That’s why taking on a virtual 5k or 10k Run in the Dark is the perfect opportunity to do something positive for our bodies and minds as we face increased restrictions across the country.”

Entry fee is €31 and the virtual run pack includes:
  • Run in the Dark medal
  • Flashing armband to hold your phone or keys
  • Time and distance tracking
  • Online training plans
  • Digital certificate of completion
Sign up at