With just over one week to go, over 500 participants from businesses across Northern Ireland are warming up for the 2016 Grant Thornton Runway Run.
The 5k race will take place on Thursday 23 June on the tarmac of George Best Belfast City Airport lit only by the runway lights.
Already the Grant Thornton Runway Run has attracted teams of four from organisations such as Almac, Comco Plastics, Arthur Cox, Belfast Harbour, Bank of Ireland, Pollock Lifts, George Best Belfast City Airport Fire Service, Selective Travel Management, Legacy Wealth and Viridian Group.
Due to demand, we have announced additional places for the race making it even bigger than last year.
I believe the demand is driven by the run’s ability to promote physical wellbeing for employees whilst incorporating networking, team building and of course, a lot of fun.
It really is a fantastic opportunity for business men and women to both strengthen relationships with colleagues and to make new contacts.
In this Olympic year, it is appropriate that the Mary Peters Trust was selected as charity partner for the 2016 Grant Thornton Runway Run.
The charity provides both financial and advisory support to aspiring young athletes, both able-bodied and disabled, from across Northern Ireland and we are delighted the race will raise both awareness and funds for the Trust.
Urging businesses from across Northern Ireland to register for the event, Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE, said:
“The Mary Peters Trust is committed to nourishing the development of sportsmen and women throughout Northern Ireland and endeavours to open up as many opportunities as possible to further their sporting goals. I am delighted the Trust has been chosen as charity partner for this event and I would strongly urge businesses – no matter what size or sector – to get a team of four together and register.
“I praise Grant Thornton for facilitating an event which encourages fitness, networking, team building, healthy competition and all whilst raising money for charity. There are not many events which tick all of these boxes and I’m quite sure this is the reason for the Runway Run attracting so much support and interest.
“I’m looking forward to being there on the night to officially start the race and want to wish all the competitors the very best of luck.”
Registration has now closed.