Negril, Jamaica -- Nearly 1,200 runners from 29 countries toed the starting line at the tenth staging of the Reggae Marathon last Saturday.
On its tenth anniversary, Reggae Marathon cemented its reputation as an exotic destination marathon, its famous torch bearers and drummers providing a thrilling start that took the runners’ minds off the light rain. The skies eventually cleared and the temperature remained a cool 72 F for most of the race. The route took runners along the Negril coastline and ended at the Long Bay Beach Park, where runners poured onto Negril’s famous seven-mile white sand beach to enjoy post race massages and a swim.
This year’s event boasted its largest field ever, with an even mix of local and international runners. President of the Jamdammers’ Running Club, Emile Leiba, said “We’re proud of creating and sustaining a world class event that promotes local running and brings visitors from all over the world to Jamaica. We look forward to seeing Reggae Marathon grow stronger.”
The day’s other winners included Rubert Green, who finished in 2:30:27 and Elizabeth Mondon ran a slow tactical first half, before pushing ahead to finish in 2:55:50, a personal record. Mondon is a native of France, but lives in Kingston and is a member of the Jamdammers Running Club, giving the hosts of the Reggae Marathon their first victory in ten years.