Wednesday 12 Novermber will see thousands in over 30 cities around the world pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands to take part in Run in the Dark - a 'living light show flowing through the streets like lava'. The event includes a 5k and 10k and is in aid of The Mark Pollock Trust, helping fast-track a cure for paralysis.
As well as the five official locations in the UK and Ireland (Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester) there will be several pop-up events in several cities including Crowne Plaza Edinburgh in the Scottish capital. The Edinburgh pop-up slot will be held by Lucja Leonard of Edinburgh Run Tours.
She explains: “The 5k run will see participants head down to Holyrood Park and through Hunters Bog, underneath Arthur’s Seat to enjoy the dark before going back up past the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Calton Burial Ground, then back to the Crowne Plaza. The 10k runners will loop around once more. After the race has finished all runners are encouraged to reunite at the hotels’ Terrace Bar for an ‘obligatory’ night cap."
Whether you are completing the 5k or 10k, you are advised to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the start time (8pm) to ensure you receive a flashing armband and to take part in a group photo before the run. Goody bags will be handed out to all participants after the race. Organisers also advise runners to bring a head torch or hand held torch as certain parts of the route are not lit.
For any queries relating to the Edinburgh event, email Lucja Leonard at email@example.com or message her on Twitter @runningdutchie For more information on Run in the Dark, go to the event website.