Celebrate the island spirt of Jamaica with a virtual Reggae Marathon

It’s December. Daily morning runs are dark and cold. Snow and ice crunch rhythmically underfoot and a trail of breath is left floating in the air. It’s okay though. You have Jamaica on your mind and it’s warming up your spirit even while at home waiting for the time to once again return to the white sands of Negril. 

The virtual Reggae Marathon Nov. 12 to Dec. 5 is the perfect way to train during the pandemic and reconnect with that magical island paradise until the in-person races resume in 2022. 

The Reggae Marathon is a popular destination race held in Negril for cold weather folks who like to delay the start of winter with a trip to the island of Jamaica. With the pandemic, the event is now virtual. But runners around the world are still embracing the Reggae Marathon spirit. 

According to Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director, runners and walkers in such countries as  Australia and Japan plan to create a Jamaican setting and the Reggae Marathon experience they have come to enjoy over the past 20 years during the staging of the in-person Reggae Marathon races.

And why not? Virtual race experiences are good for the mind, the body, and, with Reggae Marathon, the spirit. 

For the past two decades, a growing number of runners from around the world have come to love the unique experience of the Reggae Marathon. The event has always been focussed on the enjoyment of the runners from the legendary pre-race pasta party to the recovery sessions on the seven miles of white sand beach. And, it will be there, soon enough. 

The virtual race allows those stuck in far-flung locales to embrace the race spirit from the safety of home. 

“The fact that runners and walkers of all nationalities have decided to recreate the Reggae Marathon experience in their own cities this year, speaks to the authenticity of the brand,” Francis says. “It also confirms their appreciation of the excellent care we have provided them over the past 20 years which they wish to relive even during the virtual run.  We are grateful for their support and loyalty and could not think of a better way to celebrate 21 years of Reggae Marathon during this pandemic year.”

Feeling particularly determined to make the trip to Jamaica? According to the Reggae Marathon, there are runners who will make the trip to Negril, Jamaica to run the virtual race on the mostly flat and beautifully natural course on the northwestern coast. They will celebrate post-race jumping into the Caribbean Sea and enjoying a fresh coconut and Red Stripe Beer. 

If runners can't make it this year, next year's in-person Reggae Marathon event is already scheduled for Dec. 4, 2022.

Last year’s Virtual Reggae Marathon event had over 500 participants from  30 countries. Event organizers are looking for global runners to experience the spirit of the Reggae Marathon from  Nov. 13 to Dec. 5, 2021 and share their photos on our social media channels using #reggaemarathon2021.

Registration, just $60, includes a virtual bib, finisher certificate, commemorative finisher medal, and an official Reggae Marathon T-shirt and bag. 

Runners can split up their race distances into multiple days, run or walk. And once complete can upload the results before Dec. 6. The event website,, will provide updated race information on the daily. 

Funds raised through the virtual event will also benefit the Heart Foundation of Jamaica. 

Register here


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