WHEN, WHERE AND HOW MUCH?
When is Run in the Dark?

The Run in the Dark will be held on Wednesday 17 November 2021. Start time is 8:00pm local time.

 
 
How much does it cost to enter?

Run in the Dark entry fee varies depending on your currency. Here is a full list of entry fees:

  • €32
  • £25.50
  • US$40
  • AUS$60
  • CHF36

There is an additional €2 (or equivalent) admin fee. This includes postage and packaging. 

 

What are the distance options?

Run in the Dark is a fun run and we welcome all abilities to take part. There is a 5K and 10K option. You are welcome to walk or run.

 

Why is Run in the Dark virtual?

Run in the Dark is a virtual event. We will continue to monitor Government restrictions and review the potential to hold in-person events as the year progresses. If in-person events do become possible, the event date may be subject to change in certain locations.

 
Who can enter?

Participants aged 16 and over can take part. Please ensure that you are medically able and properly trained to take part in a 5k or 10k walk or run before you sign up or participate.

 

Where does Run in the Dark take place?

Run in the Dark takes place in Europe, UK, USA, Australia. If you live in other locations, you can still sign up to take part in the virtual run without receiving a run pack for a reduced entry fee, and use the Run in the Dark app to time your 5k or 10k in November.

 

Will there be any Run in the Dark events taking place in-person in 2021?

Run in the Dark is operating as a virtual run in 2021, apart from in Luxembourg, where a small live event will take place. 

 

Which route do I run?

For Run in the Dark Virtual, choose your own run route. We advise that you plan your route before starting the event and choose widely lit areas. The run/walk should only be completed on footpaths or pathways, or on pathways within public parks.

Please note that the route on the Run in the Dark app is for illustrative purposes only.

 

 
I can’t run on 17 November. Can I run another time?

We encourage everyone to take part in the event on Wednesday 17 November so we can light up the night around the world as darkness falls. However, we understand that sometimes other things crop up, so the event will open at midnight on Tuesday 16 November and remain open until Friday 19 November. Each participant will only be able to log one time that week, so you cannot run on Wednesday and run again on Thursday or Friday.

 

Do you need volunteers this year?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Please email info@runinthedark.org with your name and location and we’ll get back to you about any volunteering opportunities in your location.

 

 

RUN IN THE DARK APP

 

When can I download the Run in the Dark app?

The Run in the Dark app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

 

What can I use the app for?

You can use the app for practice runs until Monday 15 November 2021. Please note that the app does not save your finish time for practice runs.

You will use the app to track your run on 17 November and join the global leaderboard, along with 25,000 runners around the world.

 

Do I need a fitness tracker to take part in the virtual race?

You should use the Run in the Dark app to track your time and distance. You do not need a separate fitness tracker.

 

Why do I need to download the app?

The Run in the Dark app will track your time and distance and automatically place your finish time on the global leaderboard. The app will also notify you when the race is starting. And, after your walk or run, you can use the app to download a badge with your time, distance and pace. Your digital certificate will also take your time from the app.

 

How does the app work?

The first thing you need to do is claim your profile on the app. Search for your name and click Claim this Profile. We recommend you do this before event day so you receive any notifications about the event. Ensure you Claim your Profile using the same email address you used to register for Run in the Dark.

You can personalise your profile by clicking the icon on the top right of the app. You can add a profile photo, and change your settings, for example switching between km and miles.

You can use the app for practice runs until 15 November. Click on your name, which will bring you to Practice Mode. Press the green button to start tracking your run.

The app uses GPS to track your time and distance so ensure GPS and Wifi are enabled on your phone.

 

How do I use the app to track my run on 17 November?

On event day, you must bring your phone with you to track your walk or run. Open the app, click your name and then press Start Race to start tracking your walk or run. You will hear/see a countdown from 5, and then the app will let you know that tracking has started.

The app uses GPS to track your time and distance so ensure GPS and Wifi are enabled on your phone. 

 

I don’t want to run with my phone.

We strongly recommend that you use the Run in the Dark app to track your time and distance as your time will automatically be loaded onto the global leaderboard.

If you run with a Garmin, or with a wearable device with Strava integration, you may run using your wearable device and then port your run time and distance into the app afterwards.

If you do not have a wearable device, you may submit a manual time and distance after your run by emailing a screenshot / photo of your time and distance or GPX file to results@sportstiming.ie  Manual results will take up to 24 hours to appear on the leaderboard.

Should I run the route on the app?

You should not go to the route on the app to complete your walk or run – this is for illustrative purposes only. The route on the app is a virtual event route; your walk or run will be tracked against this virtual route, which means you’ll be able to see yourself progress around the virtual route as you complete your 5k or 10k. On the app, click My Map to see your live route.

 

Can I run on a treadmill?

The Run in the Dark app tracks your time and distance based on GPS, so unfortunately it won’t work indoors on a treadmill.

 

I forgot what distance I chose when I registered.

Please check your confirmation email to see what distance you chose. If you would like to change your distance, click Manage Entry at the bottom of your confirmation email. You will be brought to your online registration where you can change the distance. Please ensure to click Save Changes if you change the distance. If you cannot find your confirmation email, send us a message at info@runinthedark.org.

 

I can’t find my name / there is an issue with the app.

Please email appsupport@sportstiming.ie detailing the issue.

 

The app is appearing in a different language.

Please check the app settings on your device. Go to your Profile and there is the option to select your language.

 

FUNDRAISING

Where does my donation and fundraising go?

Additional donations and fundraising go to our charity partner Collaborative Cures to help cure paralysis in our lifetime. Find out more about Collaborative Cures’ mission to bring people together to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

 

Do I have to raise money for charity? 

No. You can just pay your entry fee and take part. Your entry fee will go directly to the Mark Pollock Trust.

 

REGISTERING

When should I register?

The sooner the better! Entries will close on 5 November 2021. 

 

Where does my entry fee go?

Entry fees to participate in Run in the Dark go to the Mark Pollock Trust that operates Run in the Dark and supports Mark Pollock to deal with the ongoing impact of his catastrophic spinal cord injury. Donations and fundraising go to our charity partner Collaborative Cures whos mission is to bring people together to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

 

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 if you don’t receive the confirmation email. If you cannot locate your confirmation email, please email info@runinthedark.org.

 

 
WHAT DOES MY ENTRY FEE INCLUDE/COVER?
What will I receive if I enter Run in the Dark virtual?

Participants will receive a flashing armband, bandana, medal, and a digital certificate. 

All participants can access our online fitness hub, which holds hundreds of hours of fitness, training and nutrition content. Most importantly, you’ll track your walk or run on the Run in the Dark app on 17 November and join the global leaderboard, along with 25,000 runners around the world.

The entry fee also includes postage and packing.

 

Where does my entry fee go?

Entry fees to participate in Run in the Dark go to the Mark Pollock Trust that operates Run in the Dark and supports Mark Pollock in dealing with the ongoing impact of his catastrophic spinal cord injury.

 

CHANGES TO MY REGISTRATION
Can I give my entry to someone else if I can’t run on the night?

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to transfer your entry, as packs are being prepared to be posted from early November.

 

Can I change the size of my tech top?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to change the size of your tech top.

 

Can I change my postal address?

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to change your postal address as packs are being prepared to be posted from early November.

 

I can’t run. Can I get a refund?

No, unfortunately not. As per our terms and conditions, entries are finalised as soon as the entry process is completed.

 

RECEIVING INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT
What information will I get leading up to the Run In The Dark?

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels for the latest updates.

We will send you useful information by email to get you in to the zone for your run, including training plans, fundraising options, and important information about the event day.

 

When do I receive my run pack?

Your run pack will be posted out in Novemer 2021. Please ensure when registering that the postal address you provide will be an address that will still work for you in November. If your address changes after packs have been posted, it will not be possible to have the pack redirected, and you will have to pay the entry fee again to receive a new pack.

If you’re registering as a prepaid 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.

 

When do I receive my tech top?

If you signed up for Run in the Dark by 31 August 2021, you get a free limited edition long-sleeved tech top as part of your entry!

Your tech top will be posted to you as part of your run pack.

If you are part of a team, all tops will be sent to your team leader.

 

What happens if I don’t receive my run pack?

If you haven’t received your run pack by Friday 12 November 2021, please email us at info@runinthedark.org.

 

TEAMS
Can I/we enter a group or corporate team?

Yes absolutely, setting up a team is a great way to stay motivated, and we offer discounts for prepaid teams.

You can choose to create a team as you go through the registration process in two ways:

  1. Team members pay individually. For this type of team, each person signs up individually through the ‘Individual entry’ section and either creates or joins a team during registration.
  2. A team captain prepays for a team of 5+ and circulates a discount code so the other team members can ‘claim a place’ in that team. There are discounts associated with option 2.

Everyone will run individually, and your time will be logged individually.

All places in prepaid teams must be claimed by Friday 1 November. This is to facilitate building the team packs. Following Friday 1 November, all team entries will be closed.

 

How do I join an existing team?

You can join a prepaid team by clicking Claim Place on the registration page. If your entry has been prepaid by a team leader, you will need to ask your team leader for the password to enter the registration form.

If you are joining a “friends” team – i.e if your team are all paying individually – you can choose Join Team option while completing the ‘Individual Entry’ form.

 

What are the advantages of a team?

Camaraderie, fun and discounts! Email info@runinthedark.org for more info on prepaid teams and discounts.

 

TECH TOP
Do I get a tech top as part of my entry? 

Participants who sign up to Run in the Dark by 31 August will avail of our early bird offer of a free limited edition long-sleeved tech top. Participants who enter after 31 August will not receive a tech top in their run pack. 

 

Can I change the size of my tech top?

 No, it is not possible to change the size of your tech top.

 

TRAINING
Do you have a training plan?

Of course. You can access our training plans on the app for both 5K and 10K. 

 
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