Carlow’s own Tom Daly has been named as an ambassador for the upcoming Grant Thornton 5k race series.
The 2021 GT5K, usually run in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, will take place virtually for the second year, allowing for runners from Carlow and all over the country to take part on the 8 September. This will be the second time the race is held virtually to ensure everyone can participate in this exciting event in a safe manner.
This year marks the milestone 10th year of the GT5K, which has grown from one event in one location to, in pre-Covid times, four separate 5K races with over 8,000 participants, covering each province in the country.
Last year’s virtual event saw runners participating from much further afield for the first time, including runners taking part in the UK, the US and The Cayman Islands.
The race will be open to individuals and teams of four which can be made up of corporate, families, sports clubs and anyone who wishes to enter a team. Participants will be invited to complete the 5k at any time on the 8th September and upload their time to a live leader board by midnight the same day.
Grant Thornton Ireland has announced the race ambassador for this year’s 5K is three-time Olympian Derval O’Rourke who will be joined by a ‘social-squad’ of regional ambassadors for the event to encourage teams around the country to get up and get active. Daly, the former Knockbeg pupil and current Connacht Rugby player, is one of the ambassadors along with Westmeath footballer Boidu Sayeh.
Commenting on her involvement in the GT5K, Olympian Derval O’Rourke said: ‘I am delighted to be an ambassador for the GT5k. During these Covid months so many people have benefited both physically and mentally from walking, running, or cycling 5k. Myself? I fell back in love with running (don’t forget to stretch before and after!) and I am looking forward to running this 5k on September 8th’.
Grant Thornton Ireland has also once again partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland for this year’s event to help raise funds for the charity. Commenting on the GT5K launch, Managing Partner, Michael McAteer said: “The GT5K is a hallmark of the Grant Thornton commitment to supporting a healthy workplace, and is something we encourage all businesses to prioritise. Again this year the run is open to all so we’re inviting all of our employees, clients, corporate teams and their families, clubs and teams to lace up the trainers and get active over the summer. This will benefit not only their own wellbeing, but also support the Alzheimers Society of Ireland and the Athletics Ireland junior athletics programme whom we have partnered with again this year for the event.
Traditionally, this has been an incredible team-building event for corporates throughout the country, and now more than ever, we hope that the virtual GT5K will strengthen teams in a fun and exciting way.’”
To enter the race register at www.grantthornton.ie/gt5k. Individuals or teams can register, and teams can compete in one of the three categories: male, female, or mixed. The entry fee per person is €10 or €40 fee per team. All participants will receive a GT5K t-shirt.