Madrid Plays Host To Run In The Dark

Run in the Dark comes to Madrid on 16th November 2022 at 8pm. Participants can join the 5k or 10k run in the dark as they come together to run, for those who dream to walk.

This year sees the return of in-person events for the first time since 2019, and Madrid is one of 50 cities worldwide that will host a live Run in the Dark event, which will see over 25,000 people take part across the globe.

Run in the Dark, which is supported by Madrid based Spanish Irish Business Network helps to raise money for charity partner, Collaborative Cures, which was founded by Mark Pollock and whose mission is to bring people together to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

Belfast born Pollock now lives in Dublin which is the headquarters of Collaborative Cures.

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock became an adventure athlete racing in deserts, mountains and The Poles including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. In 2010 a fall from a second storey window nearly killed him, Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed.

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’m on a new expedition, donating 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”. 

In an exclusive interview with the Madrid Metropolitan, Mark said that the charity´s mission addresses a “pattern of fragmentation” by connecting scientists with business and investors.

To date it has been instrumental in the raising of over $100 million.

Paula Cunniffe, CEO of Run in the Dark and Executive Director of Collaborative Cures said: “Through Run in the Dark, we aim to inspire people to 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 taking on their first 5k or 10k. And, for others it means using Run in the Dark to fundraise and support our mission to cure paralysis in our lifetime through Collaborative Cures.”

The James Joyce will be welcoming participants in need of a recovery pint or two after the run.





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