Press release

Cork City welcomes back Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team Challenge

Business advisors Grant Thornton and Athletics Ireland have announced the return of the Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team Challenge to Cork. Building on from the resounding success of last year’s event, the 2016 edition will take place on the evening of Wednesday 29 June starting outside Grant Thornton’s offices on South Mall.

Aimed at encouraging social running amongst the business community, the event welcomes both seasoned runners as well as beginners. This is a team event with four participants per team with their scores combining to determine the winner. There are prizes on offer for the top five teams in the Male, Female and Mixed categories and all entrants receive a souvenir technical t-shirt and a goody bag.

Michael Nolan, Partner, Grant Thornton Cork said: “We are delighted to see the return of the event to Cork. Last year was a phenomenal success with 870 runners, making up 218 teams. This year we’re aiming to be bigger and better. All participants are also encouraged to fundraise for this year’s chosen charity The Alzheimer Society of Ireland with the charity also receiving 10% of all entrants’ fees.”

John Kelly, former Munster Rugby player and Audit Director at Grant Thornton Cork said: “The event is a great opportunity to build team spirit and to create a sense of healthy competition. All corporates in the Cork area are invited to enter a team and to enjoy a great evening of exercise and fun.”

World Champion and Ambassador for the Cork run, Olive Loughnane said “I am looking forward to taking part in this race. It’s a great opportunity for work colleagues to train and get fit together and have a manageable goal of running a 5k." 

John Foley, Chief Executive of Athletics Ireland, said “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 starter point for novice runners.”

Participants are encouraged to fundraise for the chosen charity, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland through mycharity.ie.