KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Jamaica’s premier road race, the Reggae Marathon, held in Negril, continues to attract an international following with participants from the U.S., Japan, Italy, Germany and more, slated to participate in this year’s race. Sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and listed on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Places to Run a Marathon, the Reggae Marathon is a three-day event from Thursday, December 1 through race day, Saturday, December 3. A series of pre-and-post race events will be held including the Marathon Expo at Couples Swept Away Sporting Complex and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s “World’s Best Pasta Party.” Following Saturday’s race, participants will have an opportunity to unwind at the Victory Park & Awards Ceremony at Long Bay Beach Park.
“The Reggae Marathon is an exciting, multifaceted experience which truly embodies the ‘Once You Go, You Know’ theme,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “From the start of the events on Thursday through race day, this event highlights all that is uniquely Jamaican. From our warm hospitality and rousing beach parties to the reggae beats accompanying runners on each mile of the scenic course, participants truly feel the irie spirit.”
The IAAF certified Reggae Marathon, half marathon and 10K race course starts at Long Bay Beach Park, situated along Negril’s famed 7-mile white sand beach. Racers will wind their way through the town of Negril then head north towards Green Island. This year’s modified course will loop instead of going out and back.