WHEN, WHERE AND HOW MUCH?


IS IT FOR CHARITY?


TIMES / RESULTS / RUN, JOG OR WALK?


COURSE INFORMATION / BAG DROP / WATER


TRAINING / GEAR


CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION / RUN NUMBERS / RUN PACKS


TEAMS


WHAT DOES MY ENTRY FEE INCLUDE/COVER?


VOLUNTEERING




WHEN, WHERE AND HOW MUCH?

When is the Run in the Dark?
The Run in the Dark is held on Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 8:00 pm in most locations. The 6 official locations for 2016 are Taipei (12th November), Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Manchester and London.

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How much does it cost to enter?
Entry fee for the official locations of Run in the Dark is €29 or £22 (£24.95 in Manchester & London includes postage). Early Bird entrants get a free long sleeve tech top and this is open until the end of August. If you are a member of a prepaid team you must have completed your personal details by 31st August to avail of the top.

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Who can enter?
At our official locations - participants of 14 and over can take part. Prams and pets are not allowed for health & safety reasons.


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If I can't make it to an official location can I do my own run?
Yes! If you can't make it to one of the official locations you can register your own pop up event wherever you are. There may even be one already set up where you are.

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How much does it cost to enter a Pop Up event?
Because popups are small casual events organised by volunteers they don’t have the chip timing/ big event set up of an official event. So pop up entry fee varies in location:
Euro zone €25
UK: £20
AUD: $38
NZD: $40
HKD:$218
SFR: CHF 27
CAD: $36
USD: $28
KYD: $23


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How do I organise a Pop Up event?
Download our pdf here . Send us an email to [email protected] and we will get you started! Just check the map to see there isn’t one already in your town or city.

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IS IT FOR CHARITY?

Can I raise money for charity?
Yes your entry fee will go directly to The Mark Pollock Trust. You can also choose to fundraise for The Mark Pollock Trust or you can fundraise for any other charity of your choice.

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Do I have to raise money for charity?
No. You can just pay your entry fee and take part.

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TIMES / RESULTS / RUN, JOG OR WALK?

Will I get an official time?
Yes. All participants at official* events get a timing chip in their run pack.

You must wear your run number on the front. It must be visible at all times, otherwise you may be refused entry and your time may not be recorded. If there is a shoe chip/tag accompanying the number (some locations have them built in to the number) you must attach this securely to your running shoes.

Please note your chip time is the finishing time you will be texted and is the result you will see on our websites.

Placings in the results will be based on chip time.

Chip time is from when you cross the start line mat to crossing the finish line mat, i.e. how long it took you from start to finish.

Gun time is from the event start time i.e. 8pm - this is when our clock timer at the finish line will start so the time you see on the clock as you finish will be different to your recorded chip time.

*PopUp events are small casual events organised by local volunteers and as such will not be chip timed - just a run with a group of friends to show your support in your part of the world.

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Results
Results for each location will be posted after the event on the results section. As soon as possible after the event you will receive a text with your chip time assuming you have entered your mobile number correctly during the registration process.

You will receive your email pdf cert the day after the event.

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Run, Jog or Walk?
During the registration process you will be asked to give an estimate of your running time. These times will be used to allocate you to start sections on the night of the run. Please arrive in time to find your wave and position yourself where you will have the best chance to run the time you want. The Run In The Dark events are fun run events to raise awareness and funds for a good cause and we welcome all abilities to come out and take part and have a good night. All 10k participants must run, and must be able to complete the run in under 1 hour 20 mins. Walkers are welcome for the 5k event.

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COURSE INFORMATION / BAG DROP / WATER

Course Measurements
The 5k and 10k routes in each official location are measured according to Athletics Ireland / British Running standards. Please note that if you are using GPS devices to measure the route as you run, tall buildings in built up city areas can affect GPS.

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Can I review the route map for my event?
Yes. Go to the event specific pages for information about start/finish locations and detailed maps about bag drop areas, toilet and changing facilities, run pack collection and parking can be found on your specific location page.

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Will there be a bag drop area?
The Run in the Dark will provide a bag drop area in certain locations for all athletes. Please check the location specific event page. Directions on how to find the Bag Drop in your location will be included in your run pack and online. Your baggage label is the perforated part of your run number.

Please note that running at night in November can make for chilly weather conditions! Please ensure that you bring appropriate layered/waterproof clothing to allow you to remain warm up to the start of the run after you leave the bag drop.

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Will water be provided?
Health and safety advise that providing water bottles on route in potentially cold and dark conditions would be hazardous. Water bottles are therefore only provided at the end of the course. If you require water for the route please bring it with you.

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TRAINING / GEAR

Do you have a training plan?
Of course. You can download our 8 week beginner training plan for both 5k and 10k on the Training page here

You can also get tips for any training queries from our expert training coach John O’Regan. John answers questions for all abilities.

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CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION / RUN NUMBERS / RUN PACKS

When should I register?
The sooner the better as we expect the official locations to sell out fast as they did last year. Other venues have limited space so register today!
Did you know? If you register by 31 August, you get a free running top.

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Can I register on the day at the event?
Unlikely as the events sell out

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How do I know I’ve registered?
You will receive an email confirming your entry. If a friend or colleague has entered for you an email confirmation will be sent to the email that was used on the entry.
Please check your spam folder for confirmations.

Closer to the event you will receive a confirmation SMS with your run number.

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Can I swap locations after I’ve registered?
No it is not possible to swap to another location, as all run numbers are specific to each event so please ensure you are on the correct location registration page when registering.

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Can I swap distances?
Yes, just run your desired distance and the chip timer will know. You will be categorized accordingly – only your number you wear will say the incorrect distance.

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Can I give my number to someone else if I can’t run at the event?
No. You can’t allow someone else to run with your run number for insurance and result classification reasons. But you can change the name on the registration up to 31 October. Just email us email us, or better: tell your friend to sign up separately as it’s for a good cause!

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I can't run. Can I get a refund?
Yes. If you contact us before 31st October you can – Or you could just donate your entry fee as it’s for a good cause! No refunds can be issued after 31st October as the packs will have been processed

What information will I get leading up to the Run In The Dark?
Keep an eye on our FB and Twitter channels for the latest updates and we will also send out The Mark Pollock Trust newsletters giving you updates on how you are helping the progress of The Trust and general details to get you in to the zone for your event!

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When do I receive my run pack?
If you have chosen to have your run pack sent out to you, all run packs for each location will be sent out in the weeks prior to the event. So please ensure when registering that the postal address you provide will be an address that will still work for you in November. Also if registering as a team – all the run packs will be sent to the team leader’s address so please make sure that the team leader will be able to access that address in November in time to distribute the packs to the rest of the team.

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When do I receive my early bird top?
If you entered as an individual or claimed a team place by 31st August you probably know you are getting a snazzy free top! This top will be in your run pack, so if you opted for postage, pick up (Dublin, Cork and Belfast only) or are part of a team that is how it is delivered to you. Unfortunately we don't have any spare tops for team members or friends who didn't get in by the deadline.

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What happens if I don’t receive my run pack by the 14th November?
If you haven’t received your run pack by Monday 14th November please email email us, call 0873695362 (Dublin & Cork) or 02036426755 (Belfast, London & Manchester) and we will have your run pack set for collection on the night of the run instead.

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Dublin/Cork/Belfast* runner and have chosen to collect your pack? - What happens if I don’t receive my confirmation email /text?
*Manchester and London do not have a pack pick up facility - all packs for these locations will be posted out up until 4th November; late sign ups will be waiting at the start line.

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TEAMS

Can I/we enter a group or corporate team?
Yes absolutely, the more of you running as a group or team the better! Everyone in your team will be running individually but you can choose to create a team as you go through the registration process.

There are two types of teams:

1) where team members pay individually. - For this type of team you sign up through the 'Register yourself' section and either create or join a team.
2) Where a team captain pre-pays for a team and circulates a discount code so the other team members can 'Claim a place' in that team. There are discounts asociated with option 2.


If a team captain creates a team by 31st August only those who claim their place in the team by 31st August will be eligible for the early bird technical top.

All team places in prepaid teams must be claimed by 31st October. This is to facilitate building the Team packs. Following 31st October sp[ots are no longer held and go on general sale.

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How do I join an existing team?
Simply join the team at time of entry. If the team is private you will need the password from the team owner.

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What are the advantages of a team?
Cameraderie, fun and discounts! See more here.

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WHAT DOES MY ENTRY FEE INCLUDE/COVER?

What do I get for taking part?
Everyone gets a cool flashing armband, a well-stocked goody bag (when you finish!), chip timing with a text to confirm your result and a pdf cert of your finishing time. As well as a great atmosphere and being a vital part of a global movement sweeping round the world on one night to raise awareness on spinal cord injury and the Trust’s mission to fast track a cure for paralysis.

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Explaining your entry fee
100% of your entry fee received goes directly to the The Mark Pollock Trust. Our fantastic sponsors help pay for the costs of putting on this multi-location event, which is expensive to run. Any Run In The Dark organising costs that aren’t covered by sponsorship money are paid for by the Trust. We are constantly seeking more financial support so that sponsors cover all the event costs. Then we can make the event even better for you and raise more funds to support the Trust’s mission to fast track a cure for paralysis by collaborating with and reaching out to the world’s top scientists, technologists and philanthropists.

The awareness raised on the Trust’s mission and the issue of spinal cord injury around the world by the Run In The Dark runners on Run night in November is incredible and we thank you again for creating this.

Your entry fee includes and covers:

  • venue hire
  • chip timing
  • staffing
  • logistics including course management
  • risk assessments
  • public liability
  • portaloos
  • barriers
  • run numbers and printing
  • website management and run information and updates
  • administration
  • health and safety requirements
  • medical cover
  • event supplies including safety pins and water
  • marketing and promotion of the event
  • Your armbands and goody bags
And our time, expertise and commitment to create a fun and great experience for you.

We hope this clarifies your entry fee and helps explain how this covers all costs of ensuring a great event for you. For more questions please email [email protected]

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VOLUNTEERING

Can I volunteer to marshal?
Absolutely! If you miss out on a place or just want to help out on the day and marshal that would be great. You would be there to support and encourage all the Run in the Dark participants! Click here to express your interest. We would welcome you to join our team!

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