Photography by Errol Anderson and Karen Fuchs
Are you an adventure seeker who enjoys ultimate fitness challenges while exploring the world? We are! “Vacation is to relax the mind, not the body” is a Fit Fathers mantra that we remain committed to no matter the destination, an island or the middle of the rain forest. What more can you ask for other than an extended run while jamming to the tunes of roots, rock reggae, breathing revitalizing oxygen from the Caribbean Ocean, nourishing the body with glorious ital foods from mother nature and exchanging energy with our Jamaican brothers and sisters.
Search no further. The Reggae Marathon & Half Marathon is Jamaica’s premier marathon event where marathoners, sports enthusiasts as well as beginners converge in Negril, Jamaica’s capital for a fun race characterized by good vibes and lots of reggae music. Choose between the full marathon, half marathon or the 10K, which takes place on the first Saturday of December every year in Negril.
Date: December 3rd, 2016
Location: Negril, Jamaica: 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 then heads north towards the town of Green Island. The mostly flat course is an IAAF certified marathon and half-marathon course.
Weather: The temperature should be a low of 76 degrees F at the start of the race. With low annual rainfall, rain is not expected.
Registration is now open for 2016 Reggae Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10K said Race Director Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis. This year’s event will be under the theme “Sweet Sixteen” to mark the races 16th anniversary.
Register – http://www.reggaemarathon.com/registration/
Last year’s Reggae Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10K saw participation from runners and walkers representing 31 countries, including a contingent of 449 runners and 100 cheerleaders comprising Reggae Runnerz out of the USA. During their stay in Negril for the event last month, members of Reggae Runnerz presented a check for US$7,000 to the Green Island High School from a members-only crowd funding initiative. In addition the group sponsored three young runners from the school to participate in the 2015 Reggae Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K.
“We are now waiting to hear from the school as to the number of students who will be going to the Penn Relays, so we can provide them with new running shoes. We are also planning to send a contingency from Reggae Runnerz to the event in Philadelphia to cheer on the Green Island students. Also, our plan for 2016 is to pay the exam fees for selected students at the school,” said Lisa Laws, founder of Reggae Runnerz, a group of runners from various clubs across the U.S. who have come together to “run where the sun meets the sea”.