KINGSTON, JAMAICA – October 2017 – Running enthusiasts from over 30 countries are expected to converge on Negril this year for the 17th staging of the annual marathon, half marathon and 10k run to be held November 30 – December 2, 2017. The event will see the return of more than 450 runners from the US-based group Reggae Runnerz, which has been participating in the event for the past four years and undertaking a number of charity initiatives while on the island.
“The Reggae Marathon provides a unique opportunity for participants to experience a great sporting event against the backdrop of Negril’s famed seven-mile white sand beach while supporting a local charity,” said Donnie Dawson, Jamaica’s Acting Director of Tourism. “With ample time to book and secure great deals, we encourage running enthusiasts to begin planning today or contact their travel agent who can assist with special packages for this unforgettable event.”
BEACH CELEBRATION: Reggae Marathon 2016 participants gather on Negril’s famed Seven Mile
Beach for the Post Event Awards Party
Certified by the IAAF and AIMS, the race begins at the Long Bay Beach Park, located along Negril’s famed seven-mile beach, loops into Negril town, then heads north towards Green Island ending at Long Bay Beach Park. Some of the race’s unique aspects include the enthusiastic supporters who come out to cheer, while each mile features pulsating reggae music, keeping participants in an “irie” spirit as they burn the miles. Race events get a kick-start with a fuel-up “World’s Best Pasta Party” at Couples Swept Away the night before race day, a two-day marathon expo and a Victory Beach and Awards Party following the race. Over US$10,000 in prize money will be awarded.
Major sponsors of this year’s event include Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston; PUMA Running, Jamaica Tourist Board; Couples Resorts Jamaica, JHTA Negril Chapter and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica #12 Best Destination in the World in 2017 and top three island in the world in 2016. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2016. In 2016, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the tenth consecutive year. Additionally, Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port; Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport; Club Mobay was named the Caribbean’s Leading Airport Lounge; Dolphin Cove was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction; the Montego Bay Convention Center was named the Caribbean’s Leading Meeting & Conventions Center; and GO! Jamaica Travel was named the Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator.
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.