Thursday, October 23, 2014

International Reggae Marathon in Negril

Come for the Run . . . Stay for 3 Days of Fun
December 5-7, 2014 - Negril, Jamaica

It's the 14th year for Reggae Marathon, and it looks like a record turnout with participants from 29 countries including Canada, the UK, USA, Japan, Sweden, Poland, and Germany. 

On Saturday, December 6th the race will start promptly at 5:15 a.m. - and that's NOT "Caribbean Time."  (ˆ◡ˆ) 

The race starts before dawn to give runners an hour start before the temperature rises. Volunteers and locals line the course with torches to light the way, and what would a "Reggae" Marathon be without the local reggae steel band playing at the start line? No, this is not your usual international marathon event, but make no mistake it is well organized.  

2014 Reggae Marathon Finisher Medals 
Photo Credit via Reggae Marathon

The race is an IAAF certified marathon and half-marathon course, and both beginners, as well as experienced runners are invited to participate. The race begins at Long Bay Beach Park on the shores of Negril's famous 7 Mile Beach, then heads through the town of Negril, and then northward to the town of Green Island.

It's a lively jammin' run! Along the way locals are cheering, and live reggae bands are set up along the course. Aside from the live bands, there are car radio's and boom boxes blasting the sounds of the island. The race organizers have water hydration stations every mile, and instead of cups, the water is in plastic pouches. Also there are plenty of portable toilets along the course.

At the finish line you are greeted with fresh coconut water, cold Red Stripe beer, and the beach is just a few steps away. 

Included in the registration fee is the infamous "World’s Pasta Party" - an all-you-can-eat pasta extravaganza the night before the race. The menu includes numermous pasta dishes, Jamaican cuisine from the local restaurants, FREE beer, and open bar. 

Note: Beginner runners be advised that alcohol is dehydrating - and you will have to be up at the crack of dawn.

Here's the 3 day schedule:

  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 - Registration Opens - Couples Swept Away Sports Complex
  • Friday, December 5, 2014 - JHTA “World’s Biggest Pasta Party” - Couples Swept Away Sports Complex 
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K - Long Bay Beach Park AND the Finish Line Beach Bash - Long Bay Beach Park

Current Registration Fees:
Marathon – US $100.00
Half Marathon – US $95.00
10K – US $70.00

** Prices increase if paid on or after Dec 1, 2014 **

P.S. Donation boxes for your running shoes are set up at the finish line -  they are given to the local children, and will be much appreciated. 

Happy Travels,

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