Irish Jog is so much fun that even leprechauns compete

The St. Patrick’s Day 5k Irish Jog will bring the usual mix of runners and walkers out in their masses for a worthy cause.  

It is around the Britannia Golf Course from 5.30 p.m. on March 17 and is sure to bring out over hundreds of participants as it has always done. The event has become one of the largest fundraising events of its kind on island. Many dress up in Irish costumes, particularly as leprechauns. Co-sponsored and hosted annually by Butterfield and Grand Cayman Beach Suites the Irish Jog, now in its 23rd year, has raised over $178,000 since inception for numerous local organizations.  

The entry fee is just $10 which gets a T-shirt, race number, some humorous fun wear and a chance to win a fabulous spot prize. Prizes in the past have included water sport excursions, restaurant dinners for two and spa services. 

All proceeds this year will be donated to Special Olympics Cayman Islands who are sending a team of athletes to the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in July. Registration begins on March 12 at Butterfield House from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

“On behalf of Butterfield I would like to thank the community for their continued support and participation in this annual fundraising event,” Butterfield’s Conor O’Dea said.  

“It is truly remarkable to see how much the Irish Jog has grown over the years and has become, for many, a tradition here in the Cayman Islands.” 

He added that Butterfield is pleased to be the recipient of funds for the Special Olympics Cayman Islands this year. “We encourage the community to come out and join us and we look forward to seeing you there,” O’Dea said.  

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The Irish Jog is a fun event that will raise money for the Special Olympics team. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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