Destination race profile: Jamaican splendour on tap at the epic Reggae Marathon
With a return to travel and in-person events, runners are once again thinking about destination races, and that means the one-and-only Reggae Marathon in Negril, Jamaica.
For more than two decades, the fleet of foot from around the world have taken considerable pleasure descending on enchanting Negril for one of the most pleasurable running events on the planet. The race is often cited on lists running down the top marathons in the world and hundreds are set to participate on Dec. 4, 2022.
The Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K start at Long Bay Beach Park situated along Negril’s famed 7-mile white sand beach. The course loops into the town of Negril and then heads north towards the town of Green Island. The mostly flat and fast course is an IAAF-certified marathon, half-marathon & 10K course.
Reggae Marathon was started by the Jamdammers running group, based in Kingston, Jamaica.
And, it has grown substantially. Most years, more than 30 countries will be represented at the start line.
“There is just so much I love about this race,” says Navin Sadarangani, a former Torontonian who has travelled to the Reggae Marathon nine times. “One of the best races you can go to. The Reggae experience, the Jamaican experience is unique. Go once, and it's almost certain that you'll go back again.”
The weekend race experience is what makes the event so special including the legendary Pasta Party on Saturday evening and the Beach Bash on Sunday morning. It’s the perfect antidote for runners who want a brief reprieve from the Canadian cold season.
“It was a pleasure for myself and my mate to run in the Reggae Marathon,” wrote one participant. “It was fabulous as always. It was our fifth run. And we are ready for next year. Again, thank you for putting on such a spectacular event!”
On race day, there are aid stations at every mile, sweet reggae music every mile, cooling stations and medical personnel at the ready. Each participant receives a finishing medal and certificate, a Reggae Marathon T-shirt, and a sweet swag bag from the race sponsor Puma.
Over the last two years, runners have had to shelve a lot of plans and put their marathon dreams on hold. Now, with races back in full swing, runners can dream big and set their sights on a dream destination race, and the Reggae Marathon is just the thing.
For more information on the Reggae Marathon, or to register, check the event website.