Another Jamaican sporting event has been voted #1 in the world.
The local Reggae Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K annual event has received the
nod from more than 24,000 readers of the UK-based Women’s Running and Men’s
Running magazines. They have decided that Reggae Marathon is this year’s Men’s
Running – International Race of the Year and a ‘Highly Commended’ event in the
Women’s Running International Race of the Year category.
Votes were invited by the combined Women’s Running and Men’s Running
magazines’ Reader Vote Awards 2017, which covered the best products and best
brands in the sport.
Among the categories which were up for awards this year are: Brand of the Year;
Race of the Year; Charity of the Year; Show of the Year; Retailer of the Year;
Influencer of the Year; Running Club of the Year and International Race of the year.
“We were advised ahead of the official announcements which are to be made on
October 26 across all social platforms of the publications. In addition, there will be a
feature on the event in the Men’s Running and Women’s Running print magazines to
be out in December,” said Diane Ellis, sponsorship director of Reggae Marathon,
Half-Marathon and 10 K.
In response to the awards, Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director of Reggae Marathon,
Half Marathon and 10K said he was elated about the news.
“Jamaica continues to be a beacon to the world in all areas of sport and our annual
marathon event has now joined that space. To be selected by thousands of sports
fans in this manner is an honour and privilege for a 16-year event. We are grateful to
all our fans,” said Mr. Francis.
Already thousands of participants from over thirty countries across the globe have
registered for the 2017 Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K event set for
Saturday, December 2 in Negril.
“We are very thankful that this race, which was only a dream 16 years ago, has
gained so much international recognition that the world’s highly respected sports
journals have included us in their various promotional features. We look forward to
growing from strength to strength,” said Mr. Francis.