The slower pace of summer living is coming to an end with schools returning and business getting ready for a strong final four months of the year.
One of the markers for that return in recent years has been the sound of footfall on the streets of Dublin’s Docklands in the annual Grant Thornton 5K team Challenge and it will be taking place again on Wednesday week, September 6th.
This year’s event is close once more to selling out with five thousand runners representing hundreds of companies already signed up to compete.
The success earlier this year of the PWC Staff Relay Series in the Phoenix Park showed that there is a massive appetite among companies to either encourage or incentivise staff or for staff themselves to see team running as a way to forge friendships in the workplace and stay fit.
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This year’s Grant Thornton event, as well as similar Corporate Races in Cork and Belfast, are organised by Athletics Ireland to encourage social running among the business communities while helping to improve the health and wellness of the workforce and building team spirit.
Bank of Ireland with 48 teams are heading up the bulk entries in this year’s race. Bristol Myers Squibb have entered 31 teams of four and Dunnes Stores have entered 25 teams.
Last year’s overall team winners in the men’s category were the Defence Forces, with Primary School Teachers and Davy Stockbrokers taking second and third spots respectively. Top of the women’s team list was Davy Stockbrokers followed home by McDowell Purcell and National Treasury Management.
It promises to be a lively night on Dublin’s Docklands on September 6th. Sport for Business will be there to soak up the atmosphere if not on this occasion to lace up our runners.
There is still a last chance for teams to enter and support Make A Wish, this year’s nominated charity. You can do so online at www.grantthorntoncorporatechallenge.ie
PWC, Athletics Ireland, Dublin City Council and Bank of Ireland are among more than 200 active members of the Sport for Business community.