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REGGAE MARATHON NAMED AMONG WORLD'S TOP 10
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaica's Reggae Marathon and Half Marathon event has
been named by the British publication, the London Paper as one of the 'Top
10 Marathons around the world.'
In an article written by Andy Dixon, editor of the prestigious sports
magazine "Runners World", Reggae Marathon was listed along with London, Rio
de Janeiro, Berlin, New York City, Venice, Stockholm, Swiss Alpine,
Marrakech and the North Pole as being among the world's best.
Praising Negril's unparalleled setting in part for the event's growing
popularity, the article stated "Jamaica's marathon has quickly become a
popular fixture - and it's not hard to see why. The race starts before
daybreak to dodge the heat, with a guard of honor of locals bearing flaming
torches. The route never strays more than a few yards from the Caribbean
[sea] and its silver sand."
According to Tanya Miller, President of the Jamdammers Running Club of
Kingston, organizers of the event, "As we celebrate our eighth anniversary
this year, this is great news for Reggae Marathon and Jamaica. We are
thrilled that we have been ranked with the best in the world and we thank
all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and most of all the people of
Negril and Green Island for helping us to transform an idea into a world
To add to the excitement and to provide alternatives for the participants,
the organizers have this year added the 10K as a race option. This
addition, according to Race Director, Alfred "Frano" Francis, represents an
effort to "include those who want to participate in the event but may not
yet be ready to compete in either the marathon or half marathon."
Reggae Marathon/ Half Marathon and 10K which will be held in Negril on
Saturday, December 6 continues to attract participants from across the
world. This year representatives from some 11 countries have already signed
on to compete with the largest contingent coming from the Canadian
Charity group Joints in Motion which is returning to Jamaica after a
successful visit last year. The YellowBird Foundation, a non-profit
charitable organization also out of Canada, and dedicated to "the
development of some of the communities of [their] favourite travel
destinations" mainly through educational initiatives, is also scheduled to
Registration begins at the Couples Swept Away Sporting Complex in Negril on
Thursday, December 4. Participants and visitors to the event can also enjoy
the JHTA World's Best Pasta Party at the same venue on Friday, December 5
as well as the Village Bash that will be held in the Negril town square.
Following the main event on Saturday, December 6 participants and their
guests are invited to enjoy the unmistakable sounds of the internationally
acclaimed "Third World Band" at the victory party dubbed the "Finish Line"
and Awards Ceremony at MX3 on Negril's West End.