Sunday 26 January, 2020

Reggae Marathon ready to go

Reggae Marathon chairman Ian Kelly (second right) speaking at a press conference on Saturday in Negril, Westmoreland. Also pictured (from right) are Reggae Marathon sponsorship and marketing director, Diane Ellis; race director Alfred Francis and  Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston president, Aileen Corrigan.

Reggae Marathon chairman Ian Kelly (second right) speaking at a press conference on Saturday in Negril, Westmoreland. Also pictured (from right) are Reggae Marathon sponsorship and marketing director, Diane Ellis; race director Alfred Francis and Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston president, Aileen Corrigan.

The 19th staging of Jamaica's premier distance event, the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, will be held in Negril, Westmoreland on Sunday morning.

Organisers are promising another fun-filled event, with activities to stimulate the total body throughout the morning.

Set to start at 5.15 am, this year's staging of the event has attracted more than 2,000 runners from over 30 countries including the first ever representatives from Malta, Madagascar, Peru, Macau and Latvia.

Speaking at a press conference Saturday evening at Couples Swept Away Sports Complex, Reggae Marathon race director, Alfred 'Frano' Francis, said the event has the endorsement of major stakeholders in the Negril community including the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Negril Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Negril Chamber of Commerce.

Francis said that hydration stations will be positioned at each mile along the course, which is ratified by the IAAF to ensure that records possibly set would be legitimate.

He noted that medical stations and fully equipped ambulances are positioned along the course with highly-trained personnel. The Jamaica Defence Force is also prepared to airlift individuals to other destinations, Francis said.

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