WHEN, WHERE AND HOW MUCH?

When is the Run in the Dark?

Run in the Dark will take place in Dublin on Tuesday 14 November, and in 50+ locations around the globe on Wednesday 15 November. Start time is 8:00 pm in most locations; please check the specific event page for your location’s start time.

I can’t see my location on the website?

Our flagship locations are Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Luxembourg. Our smaller pop-up events, which are organised by our network of volunteer pop-up champions around the world, will open by early September.

You can join our waiting list to be the first to hear when events open for registration.

Who can enter?

Participants of age 14 and over can take part. Prams and pets are not allowed for health & safety reasons.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry fee for Dublin and Cork is €36 plus €2 admin fee, which includes tracked postage. The fee to enter in Belfast is £25.50 and £28.50 in London which includes postage and packing, plus £1.50 admin fee.

Early bird entrants in flagship locations (Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London) get a free long sleeve tech top until Friday 1 September at 5pm. If you are a member of a prepaid group, you must complete the registration form with your personal details by 1 September to avail of the top.

If I can’t make it to an in-person event, can I do my own run?

Yes! If you’re not based near one of our Run in the Dark locations, or would like to run your own route on your own schedule, you can sign up to our AppRun event.  You will time your 5k or 10k on the Run in the Dark app to join the global leaderboard. There is also an option to add a run pack to your entry at an extra cost.

How do I organise a Run in the Dark event in my area?

Send us an email to info@runinthedark.org and we will get you started!

Run, Jog or Walk?

Run in the Dark events are fun run events with 5k and 10k options. 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.

During the registration process you will be asked to give an estimate of your running time in Dublin. This time will be used to allocate you to an appropriate start wave 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.

REGISTERING

Can I register on the day at the event?

Unfortunately not, as most of our events sell out beforehand.

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. If you can’t find your confirmation email, email info@runinthedark.org and we will resend it to you.

What do I get for taking part?

Everyone in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, and London gets a flashing armband, a finisher’s medal, refreshments, chip timing, and a digital certificate of completion. Entry fees also include postage and packaging.

Limited edition long sleeve tech tops are included with your entry in these locations until 1 September.

Participants in pop-up events will get a flashing armband, a Run in the Dark buff, and refreshments at the finish line. They will also get access to the Run in the Dark app to time their 5k or 10k and place on the global leaderboard.

Explaining your entry fee

100% of the entry fee received goes directly to The Mark Pollock Trust. Any Run in the Dark organising costs that aren’t covered by sponsorship money are paid for by the Mark Pollock Trust.

TEAMS

Can I/we enter a group or corporate team?

There are two types of teams:

  1. CLUB/FRIENDS TEAM

For this type of team, you sign up through Club Entry. Each member of the team will pay individually.

Once you create the team, share the team name and booking reference with anyone who would like to join the team. They should choose “Join Club & Enter” when signing up.

  1. PREPAID GROUP

A group leader pre-pays for a team of 5+ and circulates a link or email so that other group members can ‘claim a place’ in that team. There are discounts associated with option 2.

All places in prepaid groups must be claimed by Friday 27 October. After that date, places are no longer held and go on general sale.

How do I join an existing team?

You can join a Friends/Club team by clicking “Join Club & Enter” on your location’s Registration Page. You will need a booking reference to join a club. You can request this from the person who created the club entry.

If you have already entered and want to join a club/friends team, please send your email address, team name and event location to info@runinthedark.org and we will update your entry.

If your entry has been prepaid by a group leader, you will need to ask your team for a link for the registration form.

CHANGES TO MY REGISTRATION

Can I swap locations after I’ve registered?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to swap to another location. Please ensure you are on the correct location page when registering.

Can I swap distances?

Yes, that’s no problem. You can edit your entry by clicking the “Dashboard” button in your confirmation email. This will bring you to your entry and you can edit your distance from there.

If you’re running in a flagship location, the chip on your run number will pick up the distance you run, so it’s no problem if you change your mind on the day.

I can’t find my confirmation email.

If you can’t find your confirmation email, please check your spam folder. If the email is not in your spam folder, email info@runinthedark.org and we will resend it to you.

Can I give my entry to someone else?

You may transfer your entry to another runner once we have not started preparing packs. Once we start preparing packs, this option will automatically be turned off. There is a €4 admin fee to transfer your entry.

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.

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?

You may make changes to your postal address until we begin preparing packs. Editing entries will automatically be turned off once we start packing, and it will not be possible to edit your entry after that time.

I can’t run. Can I get a refund?

As stated in our Terms & Conditions, all entries are final once completed. Entries are non-refundable, and non-transferable.

TECH TOP AND RUN PACK

How do I get a Run in the Dark tech top?

Register by 1 September for Run in the Dark in Dublin, Cork, Belfast or London and you’ll receive a FREE tech top. Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend this deadline because of our packing and distribution timelines.

I’m not sure what size Run in the Dark tech top to order, do you have a sizing chart?

Yes, please see the below sizing chart for our long-sleeve tech tops. Please bear in mind that Run in the Dark tech tops are unisex.

Run in the Dark Tech Top Sizing Chart

When do I receive my tech top?

If you entered as an individual or claimed a prepaid group place in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London by 5pm on Friday 1 September, your top will be delivered as part of your run pack.

If you sign up after 1 September, you will not receive a tech top as part of your entry.

When do I receive my run pack?

Run packs are posted out to participants in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London in the weeks prior to the event. 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, an additional postage fee will apply. We can only deliver to addresses in Ireland and the UK.

If you are taking part in a pop-up event, you will pick up your run kit at registration on the day of the event.

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

If you haven’t received your run pack by Monday 13 November 2023, please email us at info@runinthedark.org.

Please note: if you are taking part in a pop-up event, you will pick up your run kit at registration on the day of the event.

FUNDRAISING

What am I raising money for?

Your entry fee will go directly to The Mark Pollock Trust. The Trust is a discretionary trust set up pursuant to section 198A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 (Special Trusts for Incapacitated Persons). The Trust does not have charitable status. All fundraising and donations go to our charity partner Collaborative Cures (RCN: 20205817; CHY: 22737) whose mission is 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.

COURSE INFORMATION / BAG DROP / WATER

Course Measurements

The 5k and 10k routes in each flagship 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.

Can I review the route map for my event?

Yes. Click the Register button at the top of the page and choose your location.
Once confirmed, the route map will be displayed on this page.
Close to the event date the information about start/finish locations and detailed maps about bag drop areas, toilet and changing facilities, and run pack collection.

The route map for flagship locations will also be emailed to you in advance of the event.

Please note that routes are subject to confirmation and may change.

Will there be a bag drop area?

A bag drop area is available in certain locations for all participants. Directions for the bag drop in your location will be sent to you by email. You may also check your location’s event page for more information.

In flagship locations, your baggage label is the perforated part of your run number. Please check your location specific event page for more information.

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.

Will water be provided?

Health and safety advise that providing water bottles on route in potentially cold and dark conditions could 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.

TIMES / RESULTS

Will I get an official time?

All participants at flagship events in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London get a running bib with timing chip in their run pack.

You must wear your running bib on your chest. It must be visible at all times, otherwise you may be refused entry and your time may not be recorded.

Please note that the finishing time which will be available online after the event is the chip time. Placings in the results are based on chip time.

  • Chip time begins recording when you cross the start line mat until you cross the finish line mat, i.e. how long it took you from start to finish.
  • Gun time begins at the event start time i.e. 8pm. The clock timer at the finish time will start at this time, so the time on the clock will differ from your recorded chip time.

Pop-up events are small casual events organised by local volunteers and are not chip timed, but you can time your 5k or 10k using the Run in the Dark app to join the global leaderboard.

Results

Results for Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London will be posted online after the event on our website results page, which can be found in the navigation toolbar.

VOLUNTEERING

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! We need various types of volunteers in all of our locations; at registration, bag drop, and on the run route. Please complete the volunteer form to register your interest and we will be in touch.

TRAINING

Do you have a training plan?

You can download our 8 week beginner training plan for both 5k and 10k here.