Global 5K 2017

The Irish Run The World

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The Ireland Funds Young Leaders fourth annual Global 5k took place on Saturday, September 23rd 2017. This year 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 with proceeds from the worldwide run going to support worthy Irish charities across the island of Ireland and Irish causes around the world. Coverage of the race on social media can be viewed using #YLGlobal5K.

Thank you!
The Ireland Funds would like to thank all sponsors, especially KPMG as presenting sponsor, Delta Air Lines, the volunteers and of course the runners and those that supported them.

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For more details:

Pat Tully
Director, Young Leaders
T: 212 689 3100

Siobhán Gallagher
Director, Young Leaders
T: +353 1 6627878


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Best of luck to @diversinead in this weekend’s #Melbourne marathon! Everyone at the @TheIrelandFunds is cheering for you! #ylglobal5k

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