Thousands take on Virtaual GT5K


The GT5K, hosted by professional services firm Grant Thornton saw thousands of runners take on the virtual 5k challenge today in aid of  the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

The 2021 GT5K, usually run in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, took place virtually for the second year, allowing runners from all over the world to take part in the hugely successful event.

This year marked 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, and this year saw competitiors from 20 countries take on the GT5K challenge.

Grant Thornton's GT5K Ireland ambassador, three-time Olympian Derval O’Rourke was one of the many runners who got out to #DoItForDementia.

Commenting on her involvement in the GT5K, Olympian Derval O’Rourke said: ‘I was delighted to be an ambassador for the GT5k. During the Covid months so many people have benefited both physically and mentally from either walking, running, or cycling 5k. Myself? I fell back in love with running”.

Check out the top times from the 2021 event: Click HERE.

Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers.

Our vision is an Ireland where people on the journey of dementia are valued and supported.

A national non-profit organisation, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland advocates, empowers and champions the rights of people living with dementia and their communities to quality support and services.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland also operates the Alzheimer National Helpline offering information and support to anyone affected by dementia on 1800 341 341.

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