More than 1,500 participants turned out for Butterfield’s 25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Irish Jog on Friday.

It was a great family fun event at Britannia Golf Course, with parents pushing toddlers in strollers, children running the course, people running with dogs and everyone dressed in their Irish beads, necklaces, hats and anything green.

Beth Florek was the first female to cross the finish line and Ali King took first place for males in the 3.1 mile race.

Lots of prizes, such as sports excursions, dinners for two and spa services were awarded to runners.

For the first time this year, Butterfield Bank, organizer of the event, awarded the Nick Duggan Trophy to the first female and male across the finish line in celebration of 25 years and in honor of one of its managing directors – the late Nicholas Duggan. Mr. Duggan started the Irish Jog 25 years ago and it’s been going ever since.

“This is the first year Dart was a part of the race and we thank Butterfield for inviting us to be a part of the event,” said Chris Duggan, son of the race founder. “It’s one of the most anticipated fun runs of the year on the Cayman calendar.”

Besides it being a lot fun each year, the run raises a lot of money for a local charity, he said.

This year’s donations will go to Special Needs Foundation Cayman.

The Special Needs Foundation Cayman is a nonprofit organization of parents, educators and professionals committed to supporting children with a range of special needs across the Cayman Islands.

The primary focus of the foundation is to advocate for individuals and families and ongoing education of the public about the special needs community.

After the jog there were several Irish parties at Camana Bay, with many people arriving to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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