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16,000 people across Ireland will Run in the Dark on 13th November

Wed Nov 6 2019

The unique night running series, Run in the Dark, returns to 12 locations across the country next Wednesday, 13th November 2019. Over 16,000 people are expected to take part across large events in Dublin (sold-out), Cork, Belfast and volunteer-led fun runs in Athlone, Ballina, Galway, Inch Beach, Kenmare, Kilkenny, Limerick and Wexford.

Run in the Dark is the Mark Pollock Trust’s principal fundraising event. Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock became an adventure athlete, including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. In 2010, a fall from a second story window nearly killed him, Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed. Now he is pursuing his personal mission to cure paralysis in our lifetime. Mark Pollock’s most recent milestone was the launch of an exoskeleton programme giving paralysed people access to stand and walk in a robotic device, in collaboration with DCU.

Commenting on his mission, Mark Pollock said: “As I lay in hospital for 16 months, digesting the impact of my accident, I was physically and mentally broken. With the help of so many people around the world, I have established a new life living with blindness and paralysis. Now, I donate my paralysed body to experimental research as I explore the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalyse collaborations that have never been done before. My goal is to participate in finding the cure to paralysis in our lifetime.”

Paula Cunniffe, CEO of Run in the Dark said: “Through Run in the Dark, we aim to inspire people to build resilience and collaborate with others so that, together, they achieve more than they thought possible. For some that means gathering a group of friends or colleagues to train hard and get fit. For others it means building a team of experts to perform better. For us, at the Mark Pollock Trust, it means supporting Mark to deal with the impact of his catastrophic spinal cord injury while also allowing him to pursue his personal mission to cure paralysis in our lifetime.”

To find out more about the event, or to register, visit www.runinthedark.org/ireland

Run in the Dark is proudly sponsored by Financial Broker.