Grant Thornton has launched a virtual nationwide 5K challenge race series (GT5K) with races set to take place on the 14th, 15th and 16th of August.

The GT 5K race series, which is the country’s largest and longest running corporate event has seen over 44,700 runners in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast take part for the past eight years, 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, and this year we invite teams and individuals to enter.

This year Grant Thornton is opening the competition to corporate teams, 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 as many charities are struggling to raise funds as a result of Covid-19.

Commenting on the GT5K virtual launch, Managing Partner, Michael McAteer said “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. 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”.

Commenting on his involvement in the GT5K, Greg O’Shea Rugby 7’s Player and  Love Island winner said “I am delighted to be involved with GT5K as it goes virtual 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. The GT5K is a great opportunity to encourage each other to get out there and stay active in our communities and workplaces for a good cause.”

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.

Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletics Ireland, said “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. 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 close to 100 of our emerging young athletes fulfil their potential.”

To enter the race, register at www.grantthornton.ie/gt5k . This year the registration fee €10 will be split between Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and Athletics Ireland’s Junior high-performance programme. All participants will receive a virtual goodie bag with the option to purchase a GT5K run technical jersey.

Record you best 5k time and submit by midnight on the 16th of August to make the leader board.

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