Darkness to Daylight Challenge


Event Update

Registrations open 8 March 2021.

In Australia on average 110 people die from Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) every year.

We created Darkness to Daylight (D2D) - a 110km run - where each kilometre represents one of those lives lost. It’s a long distance. It’s hard physically and mentally and to get through it participants often join together to run and walk in teams to support each other. We don’t mind if you run or walk, if you complete 3km or 110km. We just ask that you run with a purpose, that you join us in standing up to domestic and family violence.

In 2020, we were unable to complete the 110km overnight format. We had to pivot to a completely virtual event. This year as we continue to consider participant safety, D2D will combine the virtual challenge with a shortened live event on Monday 31 May. It is our hope that wherever you run or walk, and whoever you run with, you remember those you are running for - those we have lost, and those we are working to save. Together we can end domestic and family violence.

Darkness to Daylight in 2021:

  • The Virtual Challenge – 1 May to 30 May: Participants will complete the 110km distance individually or as a team throughout the month of May. As in 2020, participants will be encouraged to log their daily distance online, and share their journey and stories on social media.
  • The Live Event Monday 31 May: In the early hours of Monday 31 May all participants and community members will be invited to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens to complete the final 10km as one. The live event is optional and as in previous years there will be a shorter option of 3km. Start times will be staggered throughout the morning.

Go to https://www.darknesstodaylight.org/ to find out more.

If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the team - eventcrew@challengedv.org.


Meet the founder of Darkness to Daylight - Robert Reed 

There is something special about participating in Darkness To Daylight. Being out running in the dark of night, carrying a candle that represents lives lost to DFV, knowing that every kilometre I cover represents one of those lives, seeing other people out there in the D2D shirts all participating in different ways (and now, in the days of virtual, in different places) but all part of a community wanting to put an end to the violence. Often in the middle of my run I reach a point where I feel like I can't go on. I'm tired, my legs ache, my stomach hurts, it's dark and it's cold and I'm sick of the circuit. Sometimes I come to a full stop. But then I remember who we are running for.

People who go through nights much worse than this, night after night, and not by choice. For me, the pain and isolation will end in the morning and I can rest. And so I take a deep breath and carry on.

I wanted D2D to be an event which raised awareness about DFV in the community and raise funds for the great work of Challenge DV. But more than that. Based on my learnings from my participation in Sacred Run 1995, I wanted this to be about running for a reason and with the cause embodied in every aspect of the run itself. To give people the opportunity to experience something unique and special and do something physical and meaningful about DFV prevention. To challenge people to do more than they ever have before – whether that's a 110km run or a 3km walk – and to do that for the right reasons and in such a way that each person gains a deeper understanding of the issue of DFV.

I hope people have fun participating in D2D but that the conversations about the experience and the meaning of the run echo across the world until there is an end to the pandemic that is DFV.