10 Facts About Jamaica’s Reggae Marathon

Jamaica’s Reggae Marathon has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s most well-organised and enjoyable marathons, located in one of the world’s most well-loved and culturally unique nations. From start to finish, the Reggae Marathon Event is uniquely Jamaican. It takes place annually in Negril, and is often seen as an ideal respite that offers a combination of an island vacation, a great sporting and wellness event, tons of fun, and an overall truly unforgettable experience. Here are 10 interesting facts about the marathon.

  1. The Reggae Marathon has taken place in Negril annually since 2000.
  2. Even though it is called ‘Reggae Marathon, the event actually features a marathon, a half-marathon and a 10K race.
  3. The Reggae Marathon is organised by the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston, and has the partnership and endorsement of the Jamaica Tourist Board, The Ministry of Health, The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, the Negril Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel Tourist Association, and the Chamber of Commerce of Negril.
  4. The Reggae Marathon has a maximum of 3,000 participants allowed, and attracts runners from all over the world who come for the run, the fun and the sun and stay for a dip in the sea afterwards. The marathon has had runners from over 36 countries. It’s particularly perfect for those who relish the idea of a beach party for 3,000 after a long run.
  5. The race starts and finishes outside Long Bay Beach Park on Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Jamaica. The Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K starts at Long Bay Beach Park situated along Negril’s famed 7-mile white sand beach. The course loops into the town of Negril then heads north to Bloody Bay and returns to the finish at Long Bay Beach Park.
  6. The course is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and the Association of International Marathon and Distance Runners (AIMS), thus meeting international standards. The event is also sanctioned by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).
  7. Start time is usually 5:15am, and the course remains open for six hours, with the requirement that marathoners must reach the halfway mark within three hours.
  8. There are aid stations every mile – 25 in all, manned by experienced marathoners and enthusiastic volunteers. The marathon also provides cooling stations with misters and iced towel wraps, inspirational reggae music at every mile, closed lanes for runners, and medical stations and fully equipped ambulances positioned along the course and staffed by a premier multidisciplinary medical team.
  9. Each participant gets a commemorative finisher’s medal, an official Reggae Marathon T-shirt, and a finisher’s certificate.
  10. Registration for the marathon also grants participants free entry to ‘The World’s Best Pasta Party’ and the ‘Victory Beach & Awards party’. The Pasta Party normally happens on the night before the marathon, while the Victory Party (or The Finish Line Beach Bash) happens afterward, affording participants the opportunity to relax on the beach with special offerings and entertainment lined up to ensure that they have the best time.

Sources:
Reggae Marathon Website
Downloadable PDF: Reggae Marathon Fact Sheet