5K of family fun

The usual Friday evening happy hour crowds may be a bit thin on the ground on Friday, March 16 as hundreds of runners and walkers don green T-shirts and take part in a St. Patrick’s Day fundraising run.

The Irish Jog, now in its 20th year, is one of the most popular fun runs of the year, and last year attracted more than 1,000 participants. The run, which is co-sponsored by Grand Cayman Beach Suites and Butterfield Bank, follows a 5K or 3.1-mile course around the Brittania Golf Course.

“It’s a really fun event. It’s very family friendly, there are lots of prize giveaways and wigs and beads and so on for the kids to dress up in,” says Rebecca Ebanks, one of the organisers.

The golf course becomes a sea of green as serious athletes, mums with strollers and everyone in between does their part to raise money for charity. Last year, the event raised more than $11,000 for the Lighthouse School. This year, organisers hope to exceed this figure. Proceeds will be going to the Fuelling Young Minds Programme, a programme initiated by catering company Mise en Place, which aims to fund underprivileged children at government schools and ensure they receive a nutritious lunch.

Registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt, as well as a chance to win one of a number of spot prizes including sunset sails, dinner for two at local restaurants and spa treatments. There is also a prize for the participant with the oldest Irish jog T-shirt.

The run begins at 5.30pm on Friday, March 16. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to register early although it will be possible to sign up on the day.

Runners and walkers may register early at the following locations:
March 10: Butterfield Governors Square, 9am to 2pm
March 12-13: Butterfield House, Fort Street, 9am to 4pm
March 14-15: Grand Cayman Beach Suites, 9am to 4pm March 16: 9am to 5.15pm