Grant Thornton 5K Ambassador Greg O'Shea, left, and Grant Thornton Managing Partner Michael McAteer in attendance at the Launch of the 2020 Grant Thornton 5k Corporate Team Challenge at the Grant Thornton Offices in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Grant Thornton has launched a virtual nationwide 5km challenge race series (GT5K) for the first time ever. The GT5K race series has seen over 44,700 runners in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast take part for the past eight years and this year, the virtual instalment will continue to raise charitable funds in a time of need. The race series encourages social running among Ireland’s business community and welcomes all abilities, from beginners to experienced runners.
New features introduced this year include the use of a live leader board; a new online registration system; and entry will be open to corporate teams, individuals, families, and sports clubs. Runners will be able to register online, complete their run on August 14, 15 and 16, and upload their best time to a live leader board by midnight on Sunday, August 16.
Earlier this year, The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland was announced as the 2020 GT5K Charity Partner and runners are encouraged to #doitfordementia this year, as many charities are struggling to raise funds as a result of Covid-19.
Organised by the national governing body for running, Athletics Ireland, the GT5K also supports the top emerging young athletes in Ireland through the Athletics Ireland Junior High-Performance Programme, which develops athletes in Ireland of all ages, disciplines and abilities.