Get your green on for the Irish Jog

A runner gets into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day in full costume at a previous Irish Jog.
A runner gets into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in full costume at a previous Irish Jog.

Runners have just over a month to dig out their favorite leprechaun running shoes and prepare themselves for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Irish Jog on March 17.

Registration is now open for the run, which takes place at the Britannia Golf Course, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The annual jog, hosted by Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Ltd. and the Grand Cayman Beach Suites, usually attracts more than 1,000 runners, joggers and walkers, many adorned with green beads, red beards, Guinness hats and, of course, leprechaun outfits.

Every participant receives a T-shirt and race bib and can choose an item of “fun wear” while supplies last, in exchange for a $10 donation toward the jog’s charity of choice, which this year is the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps.

“All proceeds from the jog go straight to the charity,” Butterfield’s Deputy Managing Director Mike McWatt said.

The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps have been involved with the Irish Jog for many years, providing safety and security support, but this is the first time they will receive the donation from the fundraiser.

“We are happy to assist with programs dedicated to enriching the youth of these islands, and the Cadet Corps is a great organization shaping our leaders of tomorrow,” said Bill Powers, general manager at Grand Cayman Beach Suites.

The luck of the Irish kicks in for many following the jog when a huge array of raffle prizes are up for grabs.

“Our prize sponsors are the best,” said Tisha Castillo-Swaby, human resources manager of Grand Cayman Beach Suites. “Every year, so many local businesses support us with amazing gift certificates, and of course we’re thrilled to give away a grand prize of a two-night stay at Grand Cayman Beach Suites.”

Registration forms are available online at and

Participants can also sign up during the registration/packet pickup days on March 14 and 15 at the second floor reception at Butterfield Place in George Town, or on March 16 and 17 at the Britannia Golf Shop.