Can you believe that the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Jog is celebrating its 28th outing? For years now, walkers, joggers, runners and even strollers have made their way along the 5K route, dressed in green and sometimes a costume or two.
This beloved event is one of the few 5Ks that doesn’t start at the crack of golly-o’clock. Instead, people gather at a respectable 5:30pm to make the journey at their own pace. You might say, they do it for the craic.
The jog is always held on the actual date of St. Patrick’s Day – 17 March – which means that this year it falls on a Tuesday. To those who are regular participants, it is important to note that there has been a change of venue for the 2020 event. Instead of being run over what was the Britannia golf course, it will be instead held along Safehaven Drive. That should alleviate the issue of finding parking, for starters.
Every year, the organisers find a charity to support, donating all funds raised to a worthy cause. The Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s Healthy Reefs programme is the happy recipient this time and considering how many people sign up for the jog, the CCMI should be looking at a nicely healthy cheque at the end.
The price to enter has not changed. It is still $10 a person and includes a T-shirt, race number, and the chance to win one of several fabulous spot prizes awarded through a random draw. There will also be free hats, face stickers and other fun wear up for grabs, along with complimentary refreshments after the finish line.
There are many opportunities to register in advance of the race. Here is the schedule of registration locations and opening hours:
Butterfield Place Banking Centre, Friday, 10am-4pm
Governors Square Banking Centre, Saturday, 9am-1pm
Camana Bay Banking Centre, Monday, 10am-4pm
Camana Bay Banking Centre, Tuesday, 10am-2pm
Starting Line at Safehaven, Tuesday, 3-5:15pm
For further information, email [email protected] or call 815-7607.