RUN IN THE DARK VIRTUAL

What is a virtual run?

A virtual run doesn’t take place in a specific location; you choose your own 5k or 10k route. Run in the Dark virtual event will take place on Wednesday 18 November at 8pm local time.

As darkness sweeps around the globe, 25,000 people will get up from their armchairs, slip on their red flashing armbands and pull on their running shoes to complete a 5k or 10k.

Using our Run in the Dark app – available on iPhone and Android – participants will track their time and distance on the night to join the global leaderboard.

If you don’t want to join the leaderboard, you can just go out on Wednesday 18 November at 8pm and enjoy your walk or run!

 

Why is Run in the Dark virtual?

With the impact of COVID 19, we can’t run side by side at mass participation events this year. In order to protect the health and safety of our walkers and runners around the world and to ensure we are adhering to Government guidelines and restrictions, the decision was taken by the event organisers to move Run in the Dark events for 2020 to a virtual format.

We’re sorry that we can’t all run together this November, but we will do our best to bring back events in person in 2021, subject to Government restrictions. For this year, we’ve built something exciting – a new app – that will allow our community of walkers and runners around the world to light up the night together on Wednesday 18 November.

For more information about our new app, see the section titled Run in the Dark App below.

What are the distance options for the virtual race?

Run in the Dark is a fun run and we welcome all abilities to take part. Just like the in-person event, there is a 5k and 10k option. You are welcome to walk or run. 

Can I run more than 10k?

If you would like your time to be ranked against other 5k or 10k runners, we recommend running either of those distances. If you would like to run a longer distance, you are welcome to do so, but remember that it will affect your finish time and your place on the leaderboard. 

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.

 

WHEN, WHERE AND HOW MUCH?

When is the Run in the Dark?

Run in the Dark will be held on Wednesday 18 November 2020. 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:

  • €31
  • £24.50
  • US$35
  • AUS$50
  • HK$270
  • CAD$48

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

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. 

Can I participate in Run in the Dark from anywhere in the world?

Run in the Dark is available in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

If you are located in another country and would like to take part in Run in the Dark, please email info@runinthedark.org.

Will there be any Run in the Dark events taking place in-person in 2020?

No, unfortunately not. In order to protect the health and safety of our walkers and runners around the world and to ensure we are adhering to Government guidelines and restrictions, the decision was taken by the event organisers to move Run in the Dark events for 2020 to a virtual format. We’re sorry that we can’t all run together this November, but we will do our best to bring back events in person in 2021, subject to Government restrictions.

Which route do I run?

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 follow government guidelines and exercise within the advised distance from your home.

What should I wear/bring?

We advise that you dress appropriately for November weather. Layering is a good idea as you will get warm while walking or running. We also advise participants to carry an emergency contact name and number for personal safety and tell a friend or family member where they intend to walk or run.

I can’t run on 18 November. Can I run another time?

We encourage everyone to take part in the event on Wednesday 18 November so we can light up the night around the world as darkness falls. However, we understand that sometimes other things crop up. The leaderboard will remain open for a number of days for anyone who, for whatever reason, is unable to take part on Wednesday 18 November. Each participant will only be able to log one time, so you cannot run on Wednesday and run again on Thursday or Friday.

RUN IN THE DARK APP

When can I download the Run in the Dark app?

Participants will use the Run in the Dark app to time their walk or run in November. You’re welcome to download the app before November, but the event will not be live. Everyone who has signed up will receive an email with information on how to download the app at the beginning of November.

Can I download the app if I don’t sign up for the run?

The app will only be available to those who’ve signed up to take part in Run in the Dark.

What can I use the app for?
The Run in the Dark app will allow you to track your run on 18 November and join the global leaderboard, along with 25,000 runners around the world
How can I track my run on 18 November?

More information on tracking your run and joining the global leaderboard will be provided by email to participants in November 2020. If you wish to place on the global leaderboard and receive a digital certificate, you will need to download the app and use the app on your phone to time your run. The app is also integrated with Strava for those who use wearables with Strava.  

 

FUNDRAISING

Where does my donation and fundraising go?

Additional donations and fundraising go to our charity partner Collaborative Cures, 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.

 

REGISTERING

When should I register?

The sooner the better!

What is the last day I can enter Run in the Dark virtual?

The last day to enter Run in the Dark 2020 is Friday 6 November. Entries in some locations may close earlier; please check the entry page for your currency. This is so we can process all entries to send your run pack in time for the event.

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.

 

WHAT DOES MY ENTRY FEE INCLUDE/COVER?

What will I receive if I enter Run in the Dark virtual?

Participants will receive a phone holder with flashing lights, a medal, and a digital certificate. To stay motivated and on track with training until November, participants will get access to hundreds of hours of content on our Online Wellness Hub, built in partnership with leading corporate wellbeing provider Spectrum.Life. 

Participants will also have access to track their run on the Run in the Dark app on 18 November and join the global leaderboard, along with 25,000 runners around the world. 

The entry fee also included untracked postage and packaging.

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. Donations and fundraising go to our charity partner Collaborative Cures to help cure paralysis in our lifetime.

 

CHANGES TO MY REGISTRATION

Can I give my entry to someone else?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to transfer your entry to someone else. 

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 change your address until Friday 24 October. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to change address after that date as we’ll have begun preparing and posting the packs.

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 FacebookInstagram and Twitter channels for the latest updates. In September, we will send participants information on how to download the Run in the Dark app, with fitness and training plans, exercise tutorials, healthy recipes, and wellness courses on topics like sleep, stress and anxiety.

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 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, 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 entered as an individual or claimed a team place by 31 August, you probably know you are getting a free tech top!

Your tech top will be posted to you along with 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 13 November, please email us at info@runinthedark.org.

 

TEAMS

Can I/we enter a group or corporate team?

Absolutely, setting up a team is a great way to stay motivated, and we offer discounts for prepaid teams. Please ensure that if you do run as a group on 18 November, you adhere to Government guidelines and restrictions.

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 you sign up through the Individual entry section and either create or join a team during registration.
  2. A team captain prepays for a team 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 6 November. This is to facilitate building the team packs. All entries will be closed on 6 November.

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

Can I change the size of my tech top?

No, unfortunately it is not possible to change the size of your tech top, as we are sold out.

 

TRAINING

Do you have a training plan?

Of course. You can access our training plans on the app for both 5K and 10K by clicking Training at the top of the page. 

Can I run with a buggy/dog/scooter etc.?

We advise against running with a buggy, dog or scooter as it can be unsafe.

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