Nearly 40 years ago I had one of those experiences that stick with you forever. It happened while my 3rdform class at Campion College was on our hike to the top of Blue Mountain Peak and when I think about even after the passage of so many years, it still brings back great memories of friendship and shared experiences. That hike up the highest mountain peak in Jamaica was the ‘big one’ for our cl ...[Read More]
We had a blast! Even the rain Friday night and into early Saturday morning couldn’t dampen our spirits for the 10th annual Reggae Marathon last Saturday in Negril. As usual the race started promptly on time at 5:15 am. I had a really special reason to run again this year as my son came to run his first 1/2 marathon. He and I walked over to the start area at Long Bay Beach Park with a new f ...[Read More]
What would the Reggae Marathon be without a party? It starts Friday night at the Pasta Party at Couples Swept Away. Make sure you stop by the Media tent just inside the Sporting Complex entrance and say hi. I’ll be there from 3 pm on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning the party continues with the torch light start at 5:15 am. All the running and walking events start at the same time: the ...[Read More]
I hate finish lines. 10 kilometres, ½ half marathons or full marathons. It doesn’t matter the distance or the event or how many races I’ve run. I still have a love/hate experience with the finish line. Last year was my first Reggae Marathon. It was also the first marathon I successfully completed. The last 200 yards were particularly bittersweet after all the training, injuries and set b ...[Read More]
There’s not much to do in Negril. 7 miles of white sand beach with the warm, crystal-clear Caribbean Sea gently lapping on the beach shores is usually enough to cap off a Reggae Marathon running vacation. It does for Sally and I anyway. We generally get up early and head directly to the beach grabbing our coffee on the way. After settling into our lounge chairs, we look at each other and i ...[Read More]
The Jamdammers received an endorsement from The Heart Foundation of Jamaica for staging the Reggae Marathon. Very cool. I especially love the line, “Run for your life”. According to Deborah Chen, Executive Director of the Foundation, “We applaud the work of the Jamdammers; the continued growth of Reggae Marathon is a testament to their commitment to provide world-class road races and i ...[Read More]
Fox Sports Net’s newest series, Endurance Traveler, heads to Jamaica this week to tackle the Reggae Marathon, give viewers an exclusive tour of the Bob Marley Museum and join former college football star and one of Jamaica’s favorite sons, Rohan Marley, as he attempts his first distance race. The only travel show ever featured on FSN is coming off a big ratings increase and is giving v ...[Read More]
The last mile of the Reggae Marathon is called 'Bob's Mile'. It refers to Bob Marley who introduced and popularized reggae to global audiences. At mile 25 in the Reggae Marathon, you have made it past 25 aid stations (one at each mile).