Every November, as darkness sweeps the globe, thousands of people from over 50 cities will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and hit the streets to Run in the Dark. As runners flow through the streets and light up the night, they join the global movement helping to cure paralysis in our lifetime. Join us for a 5k or 10k run in one of our 5 official locations – Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London, Hong Kong, or join our volunteers in pop-up events in cities worldwide.
Run in the Dark is the main fundraiser for the Mark Pollock Trust. Funds raised by Run in the Dark events helps the Mark Pollock Trust to run a lab focused on running research studies and clinical trials aimed at developing meaningful therapies for people with paralysis. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralysed. As Mark strives to walk again, his most complex journey is ahead of him – to find a cure for paralysis.
THE MARK POLLOCK TRUST
At the Mark Pollock Trust, we believe we can cure paralysis in our lifetime. To do it we are disrupting the current academic research model and catalysing collaborations that have never been done before.
All funds raised from Run in the Dark are ring-fenced for our scientific research fund. This fund helps the Mark Pollock Trust to run a lab focused on running research studies and clinical trials aimed at developing meaningful therapies for people with paralysis.
Every step, every collaboration, every study, moves us towards a cure for paralysis and enabling people to walk again.
To find out more about the work and mission of the Mark Pollock Trust, please visit our website.
2017 – Completed a 50-subject study of spinal cord excitability in Trinity College Dublin.
2016 – Launched a US-European Ekso Bionics robotics study with multiple subjects and industry involvement.
2015 – Created transatlantic research collaborations between Trinity College Dublin and UCLA.
2013 – Created a first of its kind pilot study where Mark became the first person in the world with chronic complete paralysis to regain enough voluntary control to actively take steps in a robotic exoskeleton.