If you see groups of sporty-looking people in matching T-shirts, leprechaun hats, green beads and red beards in the Seven Mile Beach area one evening this month, it must be St. Patrick’s Day, and that means it’s time for the Irish Jog.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Cayman Islands is synonymous with Butterfield Bank and Grand Cayman Beach Suites hosting the Irish Jog. For 24 years, the family-friendly 5K has been a highlight of the community calendar, and this year will be no different.

The 5K starts at 5:30 p.m. sharp on March 17, going through the Britannia Estate and around the Britannia Golf Course, providing a safe and scenic route for runners and walkers alike. Although it’s not officially timed, the first across the line is always noted, making it a coveted title among serious racers. Every participant receives a T-shirt (and previous years’ shirts are worn with pride!), along with an item or two of “fun wear” to liven up the normal exercise attire.

Another reason the race is so popular is that it’s one of the islands’ most affordable races to enter. With all expenses taken care of by Butterfield and Grand Cayman Beach Suites, every participant’s $10 registration fee goes directly to charity.

The money raised by the 2016 Jog will go to the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps. The Cadets are longtime supporters of the Jog, having provided safety volunteers at points around the course for several years.

Registration forms and FAQs can be downloaded from www.caymanactive.com or www.ky.butterfieldgroup.com. Car pooling is recommended, as there will be limited parking available at the Britannia Golf Course, just off the entrance of the bypass.

For more information, visit the websites above or email [email protected]

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