The appeal of running or competing in sport under your company banner is a compelling and effective way to build staff morale and teams.
The ability to do so in running is to be expanded with the addition of two new races to the popular Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team Challenge.
The event will be held for the fourth year ion 2015 on September 1st around what is now it’s familiar course of the Dublin Docklands area.
Last year there were 4,000 participants that took part as one of 1,000 corporate teams. That is the limit of what can be accommodated on a late summer evening in a busy city but the demand is there and Athletics Ireland and Grant Thornton are joining forces for two expansion events to be held at the National Sports Campus in Fingal on Wednesday 13th May and on the Mall in Cork City on Tuesday 30th June.
Aimed at encouraging social running amongst the business community in Dublin and Cork, the events will be aimed at attracting both seasoned runners as well as beginners. Each run will be a team event and a minimum of four participants will enter with team members’ times combined to determine the winner.
The Defence Forces pipped Davy to the Men’s team title last year, despite Davy producing the first and second runners home in the individual race. Cerritos and Zurich took the first two places in the Women’s event.
PwC and an Garda Siochána have also appeared on the winners podium since the event was first held in 2012.
“The Corporate Challenge is a great opportunity to build team spirit and to create a sense of healthy competition,” said Paul McCann, Managing Partner with Grant Thornton.
“This event goes from strength to strength every year with more people participating. We are delighted to partner with Athletics Ireland and to support the work that they do to promote fitness and making a difference to young promising athletes.”
“We recognise the importance of promoting fitness and by supporting this event, we also hope that we are enhancing the awareness of the important role it can play in the workplace.”
“In addition, it’s a great opportunity to raise some funds for charity and this year, 10% of each entry fee to each Challenge will go to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) to support the work it is doing to build stronger, healthier families, who can cope with challenges, solve problems and raise happy, resilient children.”
“As an association one of our core strategic objectives is to promote health and fitness in the population as a whole,” added Athletics Ireland CEO John Foley.
“This event enables us to reach beyond our core membership into the business community by encouraging them to focus on a fitness programme which targets a 5k run; a good starter point for novice runners.”
“We are delighted that we are adding new locations and we can extend this positive impact to over 7600 participants.”
“Financial stability is central to delivery of our strategic plans, in addition to funds received from the Irish Sports Council we generate 50% of our own revenue. Grant Thornton’s sponsorship of this event allows for it to be a revenue earner for the association with profits generated channelled into our Junior High Performance Athletics programmes. These programmes provide support and expertise to close to 100 of our emerging young athletes to help them to fulfil their potential.”
Teams can enter for this year’s events at www.grantthorntoncorporatechallenge.ie