Diane Ellis is the Sponsorship and Marketing Director for the Reggae Marathon event – one of the world’s top ten Marathon events, noted by the London Paper in 2008.
The Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K is located in the beautiful resort town of Negril, Jamaica, famous for it’s seven mile stretch of white sand beaches, and also popularly known as,‘the capital of casual.’
The event was created to build an international marathon event in Negril that would also serve as a vehicle for sports tourism, and additionally, build a foundation for long distance running in Jamaica, primarily known as the ‘sprint capital of the world.’
The route is an out and back course, mostly flat and fast, and runs parallel to the famous stretch of white sand beaches.
We expect over 1,500 as we celebrate our tenth anniversary on December 4. Our runners are primarily recreational, seeking to enjoy the event and the run, though the course is certified and runners can qualify for the Boston Marathon and any other IAAF event.
On Saturday morning the following races are run simultaneously with the Marathon – the Half Marathon & 10K races.
The weather is usually sunny and the 5:15 Am Race Start for all race events, ensures that runners get a cool and early start to finish ahead of the midday sun.
The Race is part of a weekend of events, beginning with Registration, Thursday Dec 2 ; the world’s best Pasta Party, the night before the event on Friday Dec 3; and Victory Party, post race with popular reggae acts.
Negril offers something for everyone: from the sea, sun and beach activities ; viewing Negril’s famous sunset from Rick’s Cafe; visits to nearby waterfalls such as YS Falls or Mayfield Falls or participating in adventure tours or eco tours to Negril’s protected Royal Palm Reserve.
Come for the Run, but stay for the Fun, enjoy the Music !