Running in the dark
Ever felt like running around in the dark? Ambassador for Trinity College Dublin, Josh Newman, shows us how it’s done.
I have a tendency to say “yes” to people as an automatic reaction when I am asked to do something. It gets me into a lot of situations which I don’t particularly want to be in. A prime example of this was a friend of mine asking to do the Dublin 10km Run In The Dark even though I had two exams that day. Of course I agreed without knowing what it entailed or how far 10 km is (I still haven’t gotten this conversion thing down apparently). I was dreading this race all day when I should have been focusing on my exams…but luckily it turned out to be one of the greatest experiences I have had so far in Ireland.
Here’s me all geared up. Your probably wondering if I am going to a race or a rave in this outfit. Your probably also wondering why I am wearing all black to a run at night. All good questions which I don’t have answers to.
A bit of backstory on Run In The Dark; a charity run to benefit Mark Pollock who tragically lost his sight and also broke his back twelve years later. His friends created the run to help him fight for the ability to walk again. The run takes place simultaneously in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London, and across the pond in New York.
It’s a 5k or 10k run in Dublin city center, at night, with over 5000 people and it takes place along the quays. And… everyone was given a flashing arm band. The rave story is getting more plausible by the second! Here’s the run going across my favorite bridge in Dublin.
And here’s the overcrowded starting line. Notice how everyone is being intelligent and wearing bright colors.
Lastly here’s me shamelessly having a celebratory drink after shamefully getting locked out of my house.
So hopefully you enjoyed this unique look at Dublin. The next athletic event I am going to be undertrained and ill-equipped for is the Irish Tough Mudder. My team is currently in the process of designing witty t-shirts, so any suggestions please send them my way!