Grant Thornton has announced a three-year extension of their business running based sponsorship with Athletics Ireland.
This will be the 7th year of the GT5K series. The series has expanded from one location in the Dublin Docklands in 2012 to four locations across Ireland this year.
The locations and dates for the 2018 GT5K Series are at Ballybrit Racecourse, Galway on Thursday 12th April, The Mall, Cork on Wednesday 13th June, Belfast City Airport on Thursday 21st June and Dublin Docklands which will take place on Wednesday 5th September.
Aimed at encouraging social running amongst the business communities in Galway, Cork, Belfast and Dublin, the event flagship in Dublin has sold out consistently in recent years attracting 5,000 runners of mixed ability.
Each run is a team event, with four participants on each team. Team members’ times are combined to determine the winner in each category. There are three categories; male, female & mixed.
All runners start at the same time and the run is complete generally within an hour. This is different to the PwC backed Staff Relay which will take place once again this year in May in the Phoenix Park and has a more social element to it with parties along the finishing village.
This year’s chosen charity for the Grant Thornton Run is the Simon Community, the charity that works to provide housing, support and health care services to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 10% of all registration fees from all four races will be donated to the charity.
“Grant Thornton’s Corporate Challenge has grown from a single run in 2012 to a fully-fledged race series that has raised over €100,000 so far for good causes,” said Michael McAteer, Managing Partner of Grant Thornton Ireland.
“It’s fantastic to have the support of the business communities in the various locations with more and more companies signing up each year for some healthy competition.”
“We’re excited to expand the event to Galway this year, for the first time. 2018 will see our biggest race series ever and will help the Simon Community continue the valuable work they do across Ireland.”
“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with Grant Thornton for a further three years,” added Athletics Ireland CEO John Foley.
“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.”
“As an association, one of our core strategic objectives is to promote health and fitness in the population as a whole. 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 starting point for novice runners.”
All four of the events are chip timed, and each participant will receive a technical t-shirt, medal and goody bag.