One of the countries largest 5K series of runs is to go virtual this year. The Grant Thornton sponsored 5K Challenge was scheduled to take place in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast in August and September but will now switch to an online version.
The GT 5K race series has seen over 44,700 runners take part in the different locations over the past eight years. It is going virtual this year to continue to raise charitable funds in a time of need.
The race series encourages social running amongst Ireland’s business community and welcomes all abilities, from beginners to experienced runners.
New features being introduced this year include the use of a live leader board and a new online registration system.
This year’s event is open to corporate teams as normal but also to individuals, families, sports clubs and anybody else who would like to enter a team.
Runners will be able to register online, complete their run over the weekend of the 14th, 15th & 16th August, and upload their best time to a live leader board by midnight on Sunday 16th August.
Earlier this year The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland was announced as the 2020 GT5K Charity Partner and runners are encouraged to #doitfordementia. Entries will also supports the top emerging young athletes in Ireland through the Athletics Ireland Junior high-performance programme.
“Due to the current guidelines and restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organising committee have taken the decision to host a virtual GT5K this year,” said Grant Thornton Managing Partner Michael McAteer.
“At Grant Thornton we embrace tomorrow’s challenges as opportunities and live the ethos of doing things differently and living the ‘Status Go’ mentality so we’ve decided to launch a nationwide virtual GT5K to ensure our charity partners do not lose out on much needed funds.”
“There was much deliberation about the decision, our only options were a virtual run or nothing so this year’s race is, not only virtual but open to all, individuals and teams, and will hopefully capture the imagination locally and nationally.”
“While the physical events in Cork, Galway, Belfast, and Dublin are not taking place this summer, we are delighted to be working with Grant Thornton in bringing the Virtual GT5K to an even wider audience in 2020,” added Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletics Ireland.
“Everyone can take part in this year’s event irrespective of location, and in doing so you will be supporting a wonderful cause in the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, as well as helping close to 100 of our emerging young athletes fulfil their potential.”
Irish Rugby 7’s international and Love Island winner Greg O’Shea is an ambassador for the race this year.
“I think it is incredibly important for workplaces to promote a healthy, active lifestyle, especially with more people working from home in recent months,” he said.
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