The global running movement, Run in the Dark, returns to Edmonton on 14th November for 3rd consecutive year. Participants can join the 5k run/walk taking them through Edmonton in a unique night running experience, led by the ITU World Triathlon Series team and local organiser Kendra Boles. Run in the Dark is the main fundraiser of the Mark Pollock Trust, which is named after blind Irish adventure athlete Mark Pollock. Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 when he fell from a second-storey window, which left him paralysed. Prior to the accident, Mark had competed in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps and was the first blind person to race to the South Pole.
The first Run in the Dark took place in Ireland in 2011 to support Mark while he was still in hospital. Powered by Mark’s friends and the Irish expat community, the event quickly spread beyond Ireland to all corners of the world, with runs taking place in Edmonton, New York, Luxembourg, Sydney, and Singapore, all in support of the Mark Pollock Trust.
In the past year, fuelled by Run in the Dark, the Mark Pollock Trust has secured two new sets of Ekso Bionics robotic legs worth more than $400,000. Both exoskeletons are used as research devices in Irish universities in studies with paralysed people.
Commenting on his quest to cure paralysis Mark Pollock said: “We believe we can cure paralysis in our lifetime. And, right now, we are at an exciting inflection point with the research. Breakthrough therapies have been discovered and some will be made available to paralysed people within the next 10 years, if we support our collaborators to navigate a pathway from scientific breakthrough, to regulatory approval and commercialisation. By making these therapies available, we will change the lives of up to 500,000 people worldwide who suffer the injury each year.”
Mark also visited Edmonton in December 2017 as the guest speaker at the bicentenial ITU World Science & Triathlon Conference.
About Run in the Dark Edmonton:
· Cost of entry is $38 CAD
· In return for your entry you will receive admittance to the run and a branded flashing arm cuff
· The Edmonton route starts and finishes at the fountain north of the Legislature Building
· For more information see www.runinthedark.org/edmonton
About Mark Pollock Trust
At the Mark Pollock Trust, we believe we can cure paralysis in our lifetime. To do it we are exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide, catalysing collaborations that have never been done before and unlocking $1 billion to make the cure a reality.
Taking a systems-change approach to accelerate progress towards the cure, we measure our impact through the breadth of engagement we generate, the quality of connections we catalyse and the improvement in efficiency that we achieve.
About Mark Pollock
Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark went on to compete in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business.
In 2010 Mark was left paralysed after falling from a second story window. He is now exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalyzing collaborations that have never been done before. Through the Mark Pollock Trust he is unlocking $1 billion to cure paralysis in our lifetime.
Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and appointed to the Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement, Mark is a UBS Global Visionary, is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (Europe). With his fiancée, Simone George, he is the subject of the acclaimed documentary called Unbreakable, and is a TED, Davos, World Economic Forum, InnoTown, F.ounders, EG and Wired speaker.