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58connect 2015 The run kicked off in BRISBANE the newest Australian city to join the global effort. The Brisbane Young Leaders some as young as seven year old Isabella Hourigan took off around the course along Southbank Parklands on the banks of the Brisbane River. Board Director of The Australian Ireland Fund Dr. Tom Moore took his place among the runners along with Michael Bradburn CFO of Platinum Sponsor Brisbane Airport. It was a close race and Paul Doherty won with a great time of 21 minutes and 52 seconds. After the race runners enjoyed a breakfast BBQ provided by generous sponsor Taste Ireland. The virtual baton was then passed to SYDNEY in the beautiful Sydney Park in St. Peters. Thirty runners set off sporting their The Irish Run the World t-shirts. Singer and entertainer Damian Leith also made the race a family event as his wife and children joined the race. For the second year in a row Karl Keating came in rst with a superb time of 20 minutes and 47 seconds. Next up was MELBOURNE and their 5K run around the lovely Albert Park Lake. Under a clear blue sky and perfect climate Melbourne Young LeadersChairmanAdrianHanleywarmeduptheover80runnerswithsome motivational words and everyone set off on their run. Leigh Stewart won with an outstanding time of just 19 minutes and 42 seconds. Taste Ireland generously provided Irish fare for a BBQ afterward. On to HONG KONG There was agreat turnout from the Young Leaders for their 5K. The location was the stunning Victoria Peak overlooking the city. Afterwards it was off to The Peak Lookout Restaurant for a bite to eat. Clear blue skies in LONDON for the 5K. Amazing First up was London in the beautiful Hyde Park. The London Young Leaders set off on their 5K circuit. Connor Murphy nished rst with a cracking time of 21 minutes and 59 seconds. Everyone then retired to celebrate at The Churchill Arms Pub in Notting Hill. From England the virtual baton was passed to DUBLIN where Young Leaders Director Siobhn Gallagher organized a fantastic day. Over 100 guests attended and Eoin Corrigan was the fastest nisher with a time of 21 minutes and 44 seconds. After the race the runners soaked up the sun in the surrounds of Monkstown Rugby Club. In TORONTO whether you call it The Beach or The Beaches it is undisputedly a magnicent spot for a run. One of our new cities to join the 5K this year Toronto had a small but mighty team as described by Executive Director Jane Noonan and evidenced by the winning time of just 19 minutes. Everyone then headed off to the Ceili Cottage for some good craic. Headlining the US leg of the 5K race is BOSTON and with a great turnout of over 40 people participants headed off on their run around Boston with an after party at Cambridge Common. It was a tie in Boston with the fastest time being 20 minutes and 32 seconds achieved by runners Alyssa Carreau and Jeff Manning both from Team KPMG. Down south to DALLAS at 8.30am Young Leader runners picked up the baton and set off on a beautiful day in Reverchon Park. The rst past the post was R-Jay Stover with a time of 24 minutes and 20 seconds. EveryonegatheredatKatyTrailIceHouseforsomemicrobrewsintheDallas sunshine kindly sponsored by Buddy Cramer. The NEW YORK Young Leaders headed off around Central Park after a pep talk from National Young Leaders Director Pat Tully. It was another gorgeous day and the winner for the second year in a row was Brian Farrell with an amazing time of only 18 minutes and 9 seconds. Dublin sponsor Blueface provided a generous challenge prize of a brand new iPhone 6S to Brian for the fastest time. So it was off to the Boat Basin Caf on the Hudson River to celebrate. On Saturday September 26 The Ireland Funds Young Leaders across the world took part in the 2nd annual Ireland Funds Global 5K. Participants from fteen cities across six countries joined together to raise money for The Worldwide Ireland Funds PROMISING IRELAND Campaign. The globally synchronized virtual passing of the baton bolstered by social media and the hashtag of ylglobal5k was a feat of teamwork and a testimony to Irish passion. Global 5K September 26 2015 The Irish Run the World 58connect 2016