GLOB- AL 5K connect 2018 • 58 Brisbane Sydney Melbourne Bangkok Hong Kong Tokyo Dublin London Belfast New York Boston Washington DC Philadelphia Toronto Dallas Chicago Los Angeles San Francisco Pittsburgh THE IRELAND FUNDS YOUNG LEADERS FOURTH ANNUAL GLOBAL 5K TOOK PLACE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017. THE EVENT EXPANDED TO 19 CITIES WITH TOKYO TAKING PART FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND BANGKOK AND PITTSBURGH HOSTING POP-UP RACES. The race began in Brisbane, Australia and from there the baton was passed to Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Dublin, London, Belfast, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The final leg of race took place in Pittsburgh, the hometown of the late Ambassador Dan Rooney who co-founded The Ireland Funds. In a fitting tribute, the Pittsburgh event was chaired by Dan’s granddaughter, Sarah Rooney. The Young Leaders in Dublin were delighted to be joined by Irish Olympian, Sonia O’Sullivan together with her two fellow Olympians, David Matthews and Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe. Sonia has been a great ambassador for the event over the past four years. In Sydney, Young Leaders welcomed two-time winner of Sydney’s City2Surf, Harry Summers, as well as local AFL superstars Tadhg Kennelly and Michael O’Loughlin. With over 1,000 runners covering over 5000kms the event was a great success. Proceeds from the worldwide run supported the work of The Ireland Funds with worthy Irish charities across the island of Ireland and Irish causes around the world. THE IRISH RUN THE WORLD Global 5k · 23 September 2017