Light up the night

For many, cancer can be a dark time in their lives. However, there is hope, and it is in this spirit that the Light up the Night Breast Cancer Beach Walk is run.

The second edition of the event will take place on 10 March, starting from Royal Palms Beach Bar at 7.15pm. The event is timed to be as close as possible to full moon, so participants can expect a magical evening as they stroll up Seven Mile Beach to the turnaround point and water station at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, before heading back down the beach to the finish at Royal Palms.

Although it is a fun event, it has a very serious mission as it aims to raise awareness about breast cancer while also raising funds for the cause.

“Last year’s even was a huge success and helped raise awareness and funds for local breast cancer patients and projects,” says James Bovell, director of the Breast Cancer Foundation.

The revised route for the second edition of the event also makes it a lot more attractive, with the start and finish on the beach and no road crossings to contend with.

“The event is for the whole family. This year we have partnered with the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens for this event,” says Kim Lund, also a director of the foundation.

Registration for the event will take place at the start venue and will be open from 6.30pm, with early registration available through caymanboxoffice.com. The entry fee for the event is $25, with the first 100 walkers receiving glow in the dark t-shirts.

Light up the Night is sponsored by Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Caymanian Compass, RE/MAX Cayman Islands, Royal Palms and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

The jog of the Irish

One of the most popular events on the Cayman Islands running calendar, the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Irish Jog, will take place on 16 March. This year celebrates the 20th edition of the event, and will kick off at 5.30pm. at Grand Cayman Beach Suites. The 3.1 mile course follows the cart path around the Britannia golf course and villas.

The jog, co-sponsored each year by Butterfield Bank and Grand Cayman Beach Suites, attracts hundreds of local and overseas participants each year, from the serious runners to the walkers pushing baby strollers.

Participants will receive a T-shirt and have the chance to win one of several fabulous spot prizes awarded on a draw basis. There will even be a special prize for the participant with the oldest Irish Jog t-shirt. Prizes include sunset sails, dinners for two and spa services. There will be free hats, face stickers, wigs and other fun wear for everyone. Complimentary refreshments will be available after the event.

The entry fee is $10 per person and all proceeds raised from the event will be donated to a local charity in support of worthy causes such as the arts, sports, health, community and education.

Registration takes place on Saturday, 10 March at Butterfield’s Governors Square Banking Centre from 9am to 2pm, and Monday 12 March through Tuesday 13 March at Butterfield House on Fort Street from 9am to 4pm. Then on Wednesday, 14 March through Thursday, 15 March registration moves to the Britannia golf course, Grand Cayman Beach Suites from 9am to 4pm. Race day registration will also take place on Friday 16 March at the Britannia golf course, Grand Cayman Beach Suites from 9am to 5.15pm.

For further information or to receive an entry form, please email [email protected] or call Rebecca Ebanks at 815-7797 or Jasmine Marshall at 815-7549.

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