Five reasons why Negril's Reggae Marathon is so special
More than 32 countries were represented in last year's staging of the Reggae Marathon. (PHOTO: Reggae Marathon via Facebook)
One of the signature events on Jamaica’s sports calendar, the Reggae Marathon attracts thousands of runners from across the globe each year to Negril, Westmoreland.
More than 32 countries were represented among the participants at last year’s staging, and this year that number is expected to grow.
But what makes the Reggae Marathon so special? Why are runners as far away as Australia hooked on this gruelling event that tests mental and physical stamina?
It’s more than just a race are the words that pour out of the mouths from runners every year.
And so Loop News presents five unique aspects that make Negril's Reggae Marathon one-of-a-kind.
There is no greater high than running along Negril’s gorgeous strips to the sound of soothing, inspirational reggae music. Damian Marley's 'Welcome To Jamrock'; his father, reggae legend Bob Marley's 'Jammin'; and Ini Kamoze's 'Here Comes The Hotstepper' are some of the tunes that feature on the soundtrack along one's journey to the finish line.
Seven Mile Beach and the Caribbean Sea
Feeling the warmth of Negril’s beautiful Seven Mile white sand beach on the soles of your feet and taking a dip in the Caribbean Sea are truly among the nicest feelings one can have after running a gruelling marathon, half marathon or 10k.
Cooling off with an ice-cold beer after a gruelling run is the time-honoured tradition of rehydrating after a Reggae Marathon. Post-race, Red Stripe is on the house, so you can responsibly enjoy as much of the famed stubbies free of cost.
In keeping with the Rastafarian livity and lifestyle, some may prefer a nice cool coconut as opposed to a beer. Whatever floats your boat, coconut water is also the hydration of champions!
The interaction with warm, friendly islanders is a big plus of the event as you will hear them cheering you along as the course loops into the town of Negril then heads north towards the town of Green Island. The people of Jamaica are the nation's finest resource, the jewel of the tourism product who will make you feel welcomed with their warmth.