Record crowd expected for Run in the Dark

Record crowd expected for Run in the Dark

Words:

Helen Vaughan

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"cure for paralysis", "Mark Pollock", paralysed, paralysis, "Run in the dark", wheelchair

Up to 25,000 people will compete in the Run in the Dark events across the world this year - the highest number ever expected to take part.


There are six official events, with the biggest in Dublin capped at 9,000 runners. It’s filling fast so get in quick if you’re planning to race! The others are in Cork, Belfast, London, Manchester, and Taipei in Taiwan has been added this year for the first time.


 

Run in the Dark in Taiwan

 

6,000 people will take part in Run in the Dark in Taipei in Taiwan, after local interest in the work of the Mark Pollock Trust to find a cure for paralysis. Mark has just spent a few days in Taiwan doing a promo tour which included TV talk shows and radio there. 

 

Global movement

 

Runners will light up the streets with flashing armbands and fluoroscent gear in more than 50 cities across the world this year, as pop-up events are being organised in all corners of the globe. 



 

The event was inspired by Mark Pollock, who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury after a fall in 2010 left him paralysed. This was his second set back. He was unbroken by blindness in 1998 and competed in adventures all over the world, including a race to the South Pole, an ultra run across the Gobi desert, an Ironman and others.

 

Mark has recently returned to racing by competing in the Giant’s Causeway Sportive in Northern Ireland in August on a tandem bike with his buddy Simon, who he trains with.




Cure for paralysis

 

As he strives to walk again, Mark’s most complex journey is ahead of him. He’s working with scientists all over the world to find a cure for spinal cord injuries and help the millions of paralysed people like him. 




 

Mark takes around 2,800 steps a day in his robotic legs during his training sessions at the gym in Trinity. And as darkness sweeps around the globe on the evening of 15 November 2016, runners will join him to help fast-track a cure for paralysis.

 

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