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Run (and Party!) In Paradise

Come for the run, stay for the fun (and sun!) at the Annual Reggae Marathon in Jamaica, Dec 5

Have you ever run a destination race? And by destination race I’m not talking about travelling for a few hours by car across the border or a province or two over – I mean a REAL destination race. A marathon, half marathon or 10K in a place where you can kick back, soak up some sun and sip tropical drinks next to a turquoise-coloured body of water after your race.
 
Sounds more appealing than inhaling post-race snacks, getting changed and driving all the way home with cramping legs, doesn’t it?
 
Well, if you’re in need of a tropical vacation and an outstanding race experience, the 15th annual Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K in Negril, Jamaica from December 3-5, 2015 looks like the perfect excuse to combine running and a week in paradise this winter.
 
Although the Reggae Marathon is known for it’s fun, laid-back atmosphere, the event is incredibly well organized, featuring water and aid stations at every mile that are manned by experienced marathoners and enthusiastic volunteers; cooling stations with misters and iced towel wraps; a IAAF and AIMS certified marathon course with a closed lane for runners; and a multi-disciplinary medical team with a helicopter on call just in case.
 
The day before the race, all marathon, half marathon and 10K participants are invited to carb-up at “The World’s Best Pasta Party” from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Couple’s Swept Away Sporting Complex, which is also the location of the package pick up. Also included with your registration are a commemorative finisher’s medal, official Reggae Marathon t-shirt and entry into the Finish Line Beach Bash, featuring entertainment and post-race food.
 
Runners can jam to Reggae music at every mile of the mostly flat race course, which starts at Long Beach Park at 5:15 a.m. (when the temperature is a manageable 24°C) and follows along a beautiful white-sand beach before heading north towards the town of Green Island. The course is open for seven hours, and participants and their family and friends are invited to relax at Long Bay Beach Park and stick around for the awards ceremony and other special offerings after the race.
 
If your family and friends were unable to make the trip, don’t worry: There will be live online tracking of runners along the course and a live webcast of the finish line.

Last year, Get Out There was fortunate enough to make it out to the Reggae Marathon! Take a look at Part 3 of ActiveSteve's journey here: THE RACE.

 

If this sounds like a destination race you don’t want to miss, you can register online by December 1. There are many accommodation options for all budgets in Negril – check out the Reggae Marathon’s website for more details about travel and where you can stay. 

By: Bri Wilson

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